Connection Incentive Program
Per the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act (2016), the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), and Florida Statue 403.067 (7), and in response to the 2021 Water Feasibility Study, Citrus County (the County) initiated the Citrus County Sewer Connection Incentive Program (Sewer Connection Program) to assist Citrus County citizens with grant funding. The Sewer Connection Program begins Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. and ends on September 30, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. The Sewer Connection Program is subject to funding availability with a State grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The Sewer Connection Program grants are strictly limited to only eligible targeted areas pre-approved by FDEP. The Sewer Connection Program is available until the $703,000 of FDEP grant funding is thoroughly exhausted or September 30, 2024. Per the FDEP funding agreement all sitework and inspections must be completed by March 31, 2024.
Grant Application Portal - https://citrusbocc.smapply.io/prog/sewer_connection_incentive_program/
The Sewer Connection Program provides a reimbursement, of up to $4,000.00 per existing home, to eligible Homeowners, in a pre-approved FDEP area, to assist with costs incurred to switch from an existing septic system and connect to central sewer.
The Homeowner agrees to pay any additional costs above the Sewer Connection Program’s $4,000.00 grant award and any ineligible grant expenses. All completed work must follow all applicable County codes and Florida Health Department requirements.
Permits must be applied for and approved prior to start of site work.The following fees are ineligible for grant reimbursement, therefore the Homeowner is responsible for the following charges (amounts listed are current as of July 1, 2021, and subject to change at any time):
- Citrus County Building Department inspection fee of approximately $54.00
- Citrus County Right-of-Way Permit of approximately $30.00
- Citrus County Wastewater deposit of $120.00
- Citrus County Wastewater Inspection fee of $100.00
- Citrus County Utility account activation fee of $35.00
- Florida Health Department Abandonment Permit fee of $50.00
Once the Homeowner's registered septic installer or licensed plumber completes the work to connect to the central sewer system and all inspections are complete, the Homeowner will remit all eligible paid receipts and proof of payment for reimbursement review. The proof of payment must be a cleared bank check, credit/debit card receipt, or copy of a cashier’s check.
Upon review and approval of the site work and receipts, the Homeowner will receive a credit of $2,745.00 to their Citrus County Building Department permit fee account. This credit is to cover the County required Utility Wastewater Plant Capacity charge ($1,625.00) and Utility Wastewater Off-site Facilities Charge ($1,120.00). These charges are required for every residential wastewater account when connecting to the Citrus County Wastewater System.
Additional grant funding of up to $1,255.00 is available to the Homeowner for sewer connection costs which include demolition of old septic tank, plumbing work from the house to the County right-of-way, and connection of the on-sight plumbing to the County’s wastewater collection infrastructure. Receipts must be provided from a registered septic installer or licensed plumber.
All sitework and inspections must be completed by March 31, 2024.