Notice of Hearing to Reimpose and Provide for Collection of Special Assessments in the Daughette Canal Municipal Service Benefit Unit.

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July 27, 2018
NOTICE OF HEARING TO REIMPOSE AND PROVIDE FOR COLLECTION OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS IN THE DAUGHETTE CANAL MUNICIPAL SERVICE BENEFIT UNIT
 
Notice is hereby given that the Walton County Board of County Commissioners ("Board"), will conduct a public hearing to consider the continued imposition of special assessments against certain parcels of property located within the Daughette Canal Municipal Service Benefit Unit, as shown above, to fund the removal and disposal of sediment from Baker Canal and Little Canal, the removal and disposal of sediment from the channels connecting the canals to the bay, the installation of navigational markers, and the ongoing maintenance of the canals for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018 and future fiscal years.
The hearing will be held at 9:00 A.M., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, on August 28, 2018, in the DeFuniak Springs Courthouse Board Room, 571 US Highway 90 East, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the imposition and collection of the assessments on the ad valorem tax bill.  All affected real property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to file written objections with the Board any time prior to the public hearing. 
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator's office at (850) 892-8155, at least seven days prior to the date of the hearing.
The maintenance assessment for each tax parcel will be based upon the number of boat slips allowed to be located on each parcel of property.  The estimated assessment rate for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2018 is $325 per allowable boat slip.  A more specific description and the method of computing the assessment for each parcel of property are set forth in the Initial Assessment Resolution (Resolution No. 2008-59), the Final Assessment Resolution (Resolution No. 2008-69), the Preliminary Rate Resolution (Resolution No. 2013-40), the Annual Rate Resolution (Resolution No. 2013-61), the 2017 Preliminary Rate Resolution (Resolution No. 2017-58), and the 2017 Annual Rate Resolution (Resolution No. 2017-74).  Copies of the resolutions and the updated Assessment Roll are available for inspection at the Office of the Board of County Commissioners, located at the Walton County Administration Office, 76 North 6th Street, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Collection of the maintenance assessments began in 2008.  The maintenance assessments will be collected on the ad valorem tax bill to be mailed in November 2018, as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes.  Failure to pay the assessments will cause a tax certificate to be issued against the real property which may result in a loss of title.
If you have any questions, please contact Walton County Administrator at (850)892-8155, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
 
NOTICE OF HEARING TO REIMPOSE AND PROVIDE FOR COLLECTION OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS IN THE LEISURE LAKE MUNICIPAL SERVICE BENEFIT UNIT
 
Notice is hereby given that the Walton County Board of County Commissioners ("Board") will conduct a public hearing to consider the continued imposition of special assessments for the construction of impoundment improvements within the boundaries of the Leisure Lake Municipal Service Benefit Unit, as shown above, for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2018 and future fiscal years
The hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, on August 28, 2018, in the DeFuniak Springs Courthouse Board Room, 571 US Highway 90 East, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the special assessments and collection of the assessments on the ad valorem tax bill.  All affected property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to file written objections with the Board any time prior to the public hearing.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the hearing or at any subsequent meeting to which the Board has continued its deliberations, you will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator's office at (850) 892-8155 at least seven days prior to the date of the hearing.
The assessment for each tax parcel will be based in part upon the total number of parcel units and in part on the total amount of water front footage attributed to each tax parcel on the date the assessment was originally imposed.  The estimated per parcel unit amount for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2018, is $386.89.  The estimated amount per foot of water front footage for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2018, is $3.85.  A more specific description of the impoundment improvements and the method of computing the assessment for each parcel of property are set forth in the Initial Assessment Resolution for Capital Assessments in the Leisure Lake Municipal Service Benefit Unit (Resolution No. 2010-91), the Final Assessment Resolution for Capital Assessments in the Leisure Lake Municipal Service Benefit Unit (Resolution No. 2010-98), the Revised Initial Assessment Resolution for Capital Assessments in the Leisure Lake Municipal Service Benefit Unit (Resolution No. 2011-05), the Revised Final Assessment Resolution for Capital Assessments in the Leisure Lake Municipal Service Benefit Unit (Resolution No. 2011-13).  Copies of the relevant documents and the updated Assessment Roll for the upcoming fiscal year are available for inspection in the Walton County Administration Office, 76 North 6th Street, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The assessments will be collected on the ad valorem tax bill as authorized by section 197.3632, Florida Statutes.  The assessments will be collected in 10 annual installments, the eighth of which will be included on the ad valorem tax bill to be mailed in November 2018.  Failure to pay the assessments will cause a tax certificate to be issued against the property which may result in a loss of title.
If you have any questions, please contact Walton County Administration at (850) 892-8155, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.