I didn’t know that. Per Superior Express the state has mandated GIS for all county assessors. Nuckolls County, about which the article was written, just received two bids. It’s not clear to me from the article if the mandate is direct or if it’s because the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service, formerly the Soil Conservation Service) no longer provides paper mapbooks, but only digital data and the Nebraska Property Assessment Division requires county assessors to use new soil codes in that digital data for assessment purposes by Jan. 1, 2009. In either case, its an interesting way to get GIS into those counties that don’t yet have it.