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Davis County, Utah reaches agreement to share GIS data with Mormon Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has agreed to provide Davis County, Utah, with information on the properties the church owns in the county. That information will then be stored in the county’s GIS database and help with sheltering evacuees during disasters, receiving disaster declarations and applying for public assistance.

“We don’t have appraised values on a lot of the nontaxable exempt parcels — government parcels, church properties, things like that,” said Mark Langston, Davis County information systems director. “So we’re starting to collect that information.”

The church owns more than 300 parcels in the 304-square-mile county including silos, farms and meeting houses, Langston said. “What we’re trying to do is just make sure we have all that covered and those are available and we have them mapped, so whenever our emergency teams start to pull up that kind of stuff, it’s there so they can see it,” he said. 

The church agreed to provide the county the shape files for its parcels. The data will help county officials get in touch with operators at church-owned facilities that may be used as shelters during emergencies.
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