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PVA raises money by selling some of office's cars

Selling cars will help the Fayette County property valuation administrator buy technology to determine property values without on-site visits.

PVA David O'Neill announced Thursday he was selling four more office cars. One already had been sold. Sale proceeds will be used to help pay for mapping technology and aerial photography to complete property research used to determine home values. Property values affect tax bill amounts.

"I'm reducing our automobile fleet roughly by half, from 11 vehicles when I took office in March, down to six," O'Neill said in a written release. "In addition to saving taxpayers over $5,000 per year in insurance, fuel, maintenance and parking costs, we will invest the revenue generated from the sale of the cars to improvements in our technology."

The new technology will mean less need for field inspections of properties and houses, O'Neill said. Accuracy will not be compromised.

O'Neill also announced Thursday that every office expenditure will be listed on the Web site at www.fayettePVA.com.

"The citizens of Fayette County have every right to know how their tax dollars are being spent, and I am committed to full transparency with all financial transactions of the office," O'Neill said.

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