GSG Client Showcase: Walton County

Since 1995, Government Services Group has assisted the County in the development, implementation and annual maintenance of several capital and service special assessment programs, including fire, road paving, canal dredging, and neighborhood improvements.

Fire Rescue Assessment Program

Government Services Group was hired to develop a Fire Rescue Master Plan for Walton County. The intent of the Master Plan was two-fold: 1) to identify opportunities for immediate improvement in the delivery of services in Walton County, and 2) to develop recommendations for long-term enhancements in fire rescue service delivery through capital investment and operating decisions.

Based on the results of the Master Plan, the County retained Government Services Group to update and revise its annual recurring special assessment program so that it was capable of funding all of the assessable costs associated with providing fire protection services, commencing Fiscal Year 2004-05, and collected using the ad valorem collection process provided in section 197.3632, Florida Statutes (Uniform Method). GSG provides annual assessment maintenance and update services to the County for its fire rescue assessment program.

Daughette Canal Improvements and Maintenance Services Program

Government Services Group was retained by the Walton County to develop an assessment methodology to fund canal dredging activities and ongoing annual maintenance services. The apportionment methodology developed by Government Services Group was based on the number of buildable lots attributable to each parcel. Based on this methodology, GSG determined rates for each component of the assessment program – capital and service. The assessment program was implemented and GSG continues to provide annual maintenance to the County for this program.

Imperial Lakes Project

The Imperial Lakes Project consisted of a private property subdivision with homes built on approximately 30% of the 91 subdivision lots identified. The Imperial Lakes of Walton County Homeowners Association requested assistance from the County Commission to approve and create a mechanism, such as a Municipal Service Benefit Unit to collect the funds necessary to repair the four failing man-made lake dams in the Imperial Lakes Improvement Area. Government Services Group assisted the County with the development and implementation a special assessment program to fund the capital costs of improvements. The program was implemented and GSG continues to provide assistance to the County with annual maintenance of the assessment roll.

Driftwood Estates

The Driftwood Estates assessment program was developed to finance the cost of the acquisition and construction of various road, utility and ancillary improvements within the boundaries of the Driftwood Estates Municipal Service Benefit Unit. The program was implemented and Government Services Group provided assistance to the County with annual maintenance of the assessment roll through the conclusion of the program.

Survey Ballot

Government Services Group periodically assisted the County with the development and mailing of survey ballots for various neighborhood projects. The ballots assisted the County in determining property owner’s support level for the development and implementation of a special assessment program to fund various capital improvements (such as roadway improvements, critical infrastructure, canal dredging, neighborhood beautification, etc.) within the project area. If the results of the survey were favorable, the County would then hire Government Services Group to assist in the development and implementation of a legally defensible assessment program.