The Land Section provides a wide range of professional real estate services for the Board of County Commissioners, Public Works and other County Departments in a cost effective, coordinated and reliable manner. Land Section ONLY works with County owned properties and properties that the County is acquiring.
- Property Acquisition
- Eminent Domain
- Inventory of all real property owned by Citrus County
- County-owned Surplus real property
- Property Donations
- Consulting Services
- Street Lighting
- Water Quality Assessments
Land Section is responsible for the acquisition of real property associated with Capital Improvement Projects such as road construction and widening, parks, utilities and other facilities. Depending upon the project, acquisition can be achieved by voluntary sale, donation, or through eminent domain proceedings.
When a Capital Improvement Project is approved, the County determines which properties will be necessary. The number of parcels involved depends upon the project type, specific design and scale. Affected parcels usually fall within one of the following categories:
- Total Acquisition - The County purchases the entire parcel, including any improvements. The price paid for the property equals the fair market value of the property, not including relocation costs, business damages or professional fees.
- Partial Acquisition in Fee - The County purchases a portion of the property and pays fair market value for the portion taken plus additional damages occurring to the remainder of the property, if any.
- Permanent Easement - The County acquires permanent easement rights from the property owner.
- Temporary Easement - The County acquires a temporary easement from a property owner to facilitate construction.
The County only exercises this right when the County and the Property Owner cannot reach an agreement voluntarily. Staff is dedicated to keeping the lines of communication open. This is the only way we can address concerns and resolve issues before they become problematic. Our goal is to reach an agreement with every affected property owner. The laws pertaining to eminent domain can be found at the State of Florida web site.
Land Section handles title search/examination, appraisal/review, cost estimates, negotiations for acquisition, and condemnation suit preparation.
- Prepare and Process Easements - Land Section prepares easements for utility and drainage projects for all departments and processes these easements for Board approval and acceptance and recording.
- Release Easements - Once a project is completed, Land Section will obtain Board approval to release temporary easements.
Land Section maintains an inventory of all real property owned by Citrus County. All parcels included in the inventory are verified by Land Section each year against the Property Appraiser and Tax Collector records. A map showing all County property can be found at the GIS web site.
Land Section is responsible for coordinating identification of County owned surplus real property. In periodically developing lists proposed to be disposed of, Land Section coordinates reviews by other County departments and prepares the applicable agenda item for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners. If approved by the Board, Land Section contacts other governmental agencies to identify public need. If there is no public need, Land Section arranges disposal according to Administrative Regulation 8.03-2.
To be acceptable for donation, Land Section coordinates with other Departments to determine a public need for the property. All property must be free of any outstanding liens, mortgages, assessments and taxes. If your lot can be accepted, you will be asked to execute and return a warranty deed and a notarized statement that the property is being conveyed free and clear of all mortgages, liens, assessments and taxes. Land Section will provide you with both documents.
Land Section cannot advise you if your donation will be tax deductible. Please contact your local Internal Revenue Service Office and/or your State Income Tax agency.
Land Section provides a variety of real property consulting and advisory functions to County Departments. It also assists in developing strategies and packages for the sale of unique County owned properties. To provide these services Land Section secures necessary appraisals, advertises sales, coordinates with various State agencies as needed, and conducts negotiations with property owners. If an agreement for sale or purchase is reached, Land Section coordinates the closing process among the property owner, County Departments and the closing agent.
Property owners within recorded subdivisions may sign a petition requesting the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners to create a Municipal Service Lighting Unit within their subdivision for the purpose of installing and paying annual power costs for street lighting. Fifty–one percent (51%) or more of the record property owners must sign the petition to initiate the process. To receive a petition contact the Land section.
Various water quality programs may be available whereby the improvement costs are borne by the benefited property owners. Recent projects include Hall’s River, Chassahowitzka, Lake Spivey and Citrus Springs.