GSG Client Showcase: Citrus County

Citrus County Fire Assessment Program

GSG was retained by Citrus County to provide specialized services in the development and implementation of a non-ad valorem assessment program to fund fire services within the unincorporated area of Citrus County that would be collected on the tax bill. The County’s objective was to conduct a study and implement the fire assessment prior to budget workshops, then set preliminary millage. GSG was able to meet strict county deadlines – presenting the assessment methodology and rate scenarios at a workshop resulting in the adoption of an assessment ordinance and initial assessment resolution. GSG mailed over 139,000 first class notices to property owners on behalf of the County, assisting with adoption of the final assessment resolution (final rates). GSG provided guidance throughout the implementation process including training of staff for the customer service phone lines and assistance with fielding property owner’s inquiries. GSG also assisted county staff with processing the hardship exemption and mobile home/RV park vacancy credit applications. The final fire assessment roll was certified to the Tax Collector and the fire assessment was collected on the tax bill.