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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Aerial-Imaging System Becoming Vital

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By BEN DOBBIN
AP Business Writer

Wilkinson, who oversees 121 employees, added that "if it weren't for the technology, we'd have to have 500 people easily."

One wealthy homeowner who lives along the Gulf of Mexico claimed he was a palm tree farmer and wanted his taxes reduced by $69,000. After a five-year legal tussle, the aerial photos revealed a ruse, Wilkinson said. The man had merely planted 200 palm trees, all lit from beneath, along his huge circular driveway.

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