(Bannock County Assessor’s Office Press Release, September 11, 2023)

C.A.M.A. stands for Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal. It is a system used in property appraisal that uses computer algorithms and data analysis techniques to assist appraisers in determining the value of a large number of properties quickly and accurately.

C.A.M.A. systems typically incorporate a variety of data sources, including property tax records, sales data, and building permit information, among others. These systems can also incorporate statistical models and regression analysis to help predict property values based on various characteristics such as location, size, age, and condition.

By automating the appraisal process and providing a standardized analysis method, C.A.M.A. systems can help ensure consistent and fair property assessments for tax purposes. They can also help appraisers identify potential discrepancies in property valuations and improve the accuracy and efficiency of the appraisal process.

Bannock County’s CAMA System is known as ProVal. We have only had this system for four years, and it has already proven to help us be more accurate in our appraising process. We have had classes online for the appraisers to learn more about what ProVal can do and to improve our understanding of the program. There are many software programs to aid in the mass appraisal process, and these programs can cost thousands of dollars. Fortunately, ProVal is a free software that we get with the help of the State Tax Commission. The majority of Idaho counties use ProVal as well.

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