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Explore the Grand Canyon Through Photos with Gary Kuhl

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Friends of the Homosassa Library invite the public to their annual meeting on Monday, January 13th at 1:00PM at the Homosassa branch of the Citrus County Library System for a special presentation by local photographer Gary Kuhl. As a world traveler and nature enthusiast, Gary Kuhl is able to capture amazing moments with his camera to share with others. During this presentation Gary will be taking the audience on a pictorial adventure through one of the United States’ most iconic natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. The presentation will follow a brief installation of officers and refreshments will be served. To learn more about the friends of the library and other library activities visit citruslibraries.org. 

County accepting applications for Mobile Home Park or RV park vacancy adjustment for Fire Protection Assessment

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

In accordance with Resolution 2013-115 Section 5, each owner of mobile home park or recreational vehicle (RV) park property will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the vacancy rate in space occupancy within such property and receive a vacancy adjustment to the Fire Protection Assessments that was approved on July 23, 2013.

Applications are now available and can be submitted to the County on or before May 1. A determination will be based on evidence of a vacancy rate provided by the property owner. The vacancy rate shall be defined as the percentage of available spaces within a mobile home or RV park that were vacant between January 1, 2019 through and including December 31, 2019.

The following information must be given to be considered eligible for a vacancy adjustment:

•             Applicant must be the owner of the property

•             Applicant shall complete the application in full, including the vacancy rate calculation (formula provided on application)

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. The property owner must be able to provide the Tax Parcel ID number when completing the application and signature is required.

The application form is available at Citrus County Resources Center, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, and on the following websites: www.citrusbocc.com and www.citruscountyfire.com

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:

Citrus County Land Section

Fire Protection Assessment

3600 West Sovereign Path Suite 205

Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions, please call Citrus County Land Section at 352-527-5458.

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Hardship Assistance April 30 Deadline for Fire Protection Assessment

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

In accordance with Resolution 2013-115 Section 4, Citrus County has created a Hardship Assistance Program to assist residential property owners, who meet eligibility criteria, with the financial burden created by the imposition of the Municipal Services Benefit Unit for Fire Protection Assessment that was approved on July 23, 2013.

Applications will not be accepted after the close of business on Tuesday, April 30, 2020. Applications can be submitted to Citrus County Housing Services and a determination will be based upon the provided information. If deemed qualified for the hardship assistance, the County shall pay the Fire Protection Assessment imposed on the qualified homesteaded property.

The following qualifications must be met to be considered eligible for hardship assistance:

•             Applicant must be the owner of the residential property and be granted homestead exemption

•             The total household income of all lawful occupants of the property shall be less than or equal to 30% of the current income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as adjusted for family size (income limits are listed on application)

•             The applicant shall have the present intent to maintain the residential property as their permanent residence through the remainder of the fiscal year

•             Prior to May 1 each year, the applicant shall file with Citrus County Housing Services an application and all supporting documentation to be considered for eligibility

•             Applications submitted without complete and proper documentation will be disqualified and denied

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. Supporting documentation for all occupants of the property from all sources is required and examples of documentation are included on the application. Copies of originals are encouraged and accepted. No documents will be returned. The property owner must be able to provide the Tax Parcel ID number when completing the application and signature is required.

The application form is available at Citrus County Housing Services, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Tax Collector’s Office and on the following website: www.citrusbocc.com.

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners

Attn: Housing Services

2804 W. Marc Knighton Court #12

Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions regarding applications, please call Citrus County Housing Services at 352-527-7520.

Hardship Assistance June 30 Deadline for Solid Waste Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU)

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

In accordance with Ordinance 97-02, Section 18, Citrus County has created a Hardship Assistance Program to assist residential property owners, who meet eligibility criteria, with the financial burden created by the imposition of the Municipal Services Benefit Unit for Solid Waste that was approved on May 27, 1997.

Applications will not be accepted after the close of business on Friday, June 30, 2020. Applications can be submitted to Citrus County Housing Services and a determination will be based upon the provided information. If deemed qualified for the hardship assistance, the County shall pay the Solid Waste MSBU imposed on the qualified homesteaded property.

The following qualifications must be met to be considered eligible for hardship assistance:

  • Applicant must be the owner of the residential property and be granted homestead exemption.

  • The total household income of all lawful occupants of the property shall be less than or equal to 30% of the current income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as adjusted for family size (income limits are listed on application).

  • The applicant shall have the present intent to maintain the residential property as their permanent residence through the remainder of the fiscal year.
  • Prior to July 1 each year, the applicant shall file with Citrus County Housing Services an application and all supporting documentation to be considered for eligibility.

  • Applications submitted without complete and proper documentation will be disqualified and denied.

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. Supporting documentation for all occupants of the property from all sources is required and examples of documentation are included on the application. Copies of originals are encouraged and accepted. No documents will be returned. The property owner must be able to provide the Alternate Key (AK) number when completing the application and signature is required.

The application form is available at Citrus County Housing Services, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Tax Collector’s Office and on the following website: www.citrusbocc.com.

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
Attn: Housing Services

2804 W. Marc Knighton Court #12

Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions, please call Citrus County Housing Services at 352-527-7520.

Permanent Reassignment of Development Rights Application for Water and Wastewater Utility Availability Assessment

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

In accordance with the Assessment Ordinance, Chapter 86 of the Citrus County Code of Ordinances, Citrus County, Florida has established a Utility Availability Assessment for water and wastewater availability and maintenance services within the unincorporated areas of the county, as adopted September 10, 2019, effective October 1, 2019 and future fiscal years. 

The assessment for each vacant parcel of property is based on the total number of ERPs attributed to that parcel. An “ERP” or “Equivalent Residential Property/Parcel” is defined in the Assessment Ordinance as the unit or criteria utilized to determine the assessment for each parcel of property, as set forth in the initial assessment resolution. 

The Board of County Commissioners (Board) realizes that there are instances where a property owner may own more than one lot of record, but utilizes the adjoining lot or multiple lots as a single property.  It is the intent of the Board to recognize such properties at a reduced number of ERP’s provided there are sufficient safeguards to assure that the properties will not be separated at a future date into their individual components and further developed into additional building lots.

Pursuant to Administrative Regulation (AR) 11.10-1, and for assessment purposes only, property owner(s) of multiple adjoining residential lots that are under the same ownership can permanently surrender future development rights and be recognized for a reduced number of ERP’s through a formal assignment of development rights to the County by applying for Permanent Reassignment of Development Rights (DVR).  A property owner may be eligible for a reassignment of development rights provided the following conditions are met:

1.            The applicant will not be developing the properties individually.

2.            The subject properties share common boundaries.

3.            The subject properties are under the same ownership.

4.            There is only one residential unit on the subject properties.

5.            A properly completed application, with all required documentation and a non-refundable fee to cover processing costs shall be submitted to Citrus County Staff no later than end of business day on April 1, 2020.

6.            Requests pertaining to non-residential and other unique lots of record will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that this recognition is “NON REVOCABLE” and is binding on all successive owners. 

In addition to the completed application, the following documentation is required:

1. A $50.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee (Please make checks payable to the Board of County Commissioners or BOCC.  Please do not mail cash.)

2. Proof of ownership (to all lots/parcels) i.e. a copy of deed or recent tax notice.

3. Letter(s) of Agent Authorization if applicable.

*Additional information may be required as necessary in accordance with County provisions.

If you would like to take advantage of the DVR process, the application form is available by contacting the Land Section at 352-527-5458 and on the following website:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/engineering/land/land-section.htm

Citrus County Children Need Your Help

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Become an advocate for an abused or neglected child.

No one should simply shake their head and sadly lament the horrific story of child abuse. Instead of passive despair, let these tragic incidents serve as a galvanizing call to action for us all to commit to ending abuse and securing the safety and future of every child in Citrus County.

Yes, we can end child abuse. We can end it when we all become advocates for children.

For some of us, that advocacy comes in a formal role. Teachers, childcare workers, health care providers and others who come into daily contact with children can be vigilant for signs of abuse and neglect. Their actions to report suspected abuse or to offer extra time and attention to fragile children can do more than make a difference. It can save lives.

Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers also put their passion for the well-being of children into action. Assigned to advocate for abused and neglected children, GAL volunteers make sure kids do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in foster homes. Volunteers advocate for the children until their court case is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

For many abused children, their GAL volunteer is the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Intense advocacy can break the cycle of abuse and neglect. When children grow up in homes where their only adult role models respond to them with violence and disregard for their needs, they repeat that cycle with their own children. When a GAL volunteer intercedes, it not only changes the course of one child’s life, it makes an impact for generations.

Your advocacy for children not only will help end child abuse, it will improve our community for everyone who lives here. Children who are abused and do not get the support they need to heal are more likely than other kids to drop out of school, end up homeless, turn to crime, and rely as adults on social welfare programs. When we work together to protect vulnerable children, it saves lives and tax dollars.

There are many life-threatening and incurable diseases that sadly afflict children. But we have the cure to child abuse. It lies within each of us. Now is the time to act. 

If you are interested in making this cause, your cause, become a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.  Contact Diana Gisonni at 352-812-6971 or email her at diana.gisonni@gal.fl.gov.  For more information, visit our website – www.guardianadlitem.org

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