October 1st, the Nassau County Property Appraiser's Office will handle addressing and street naming duties currently held by the Sheriff's Office.
For ten years property owners and developers have been accustomed to going to the Sheriff’s Office to request name changes of existing or unnamed roadways and to get address assignments for building permits. Now, they will go to the Property Appraiser’s Office in Yulee, which is next door to the Building Department. If a property owner wishes to name a roadway, they must submit an application to the Property Appraiser’s GIS Addressing Department. Applications can be found by visiting www.nassauflpa.com after October 1st.
The Board of County Commissioners unanimously agreed at their September 8th meeting to approve the new ordinance, which will move services and reallocate funding for addressing and street naming to the Property Appraiser’s Office. “This gives us an opportunity to join two GIS data systems together into one unified system,” said Property Appraiser Mike Hickox. “This has been a collaborative effort between Sheriff Leeper and myself to make the process more efficient while ultimately saving taxpayer dollars.”
GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems and is designed to capture, store, manage, and analyze spatial or geographical data. The GIS Director, Jason Gregory, manages the database for the Property Appraiser’s Office and provides his expertise to other departments such as the Supervisor of Elections and Board of County Commissioners. Gregory earned his Bachelor of Science in Geographic Technologies from the University of Florida and began with the Property Appraiser’s Office in 2010.
The Property Appraiser’s Office currently manages the base layer map of parcel data for the entire county. Approximately 28 layers are in the Property Appraiser’s GIS database which includes public safety, utilities, and planning and zoning overlays. The Property Appraiser’s GIS system is frequently visited by property owners using the website with thousands of visits per month.
While the Property Appraiser and Sheriff both believe this will be a savings to the county, they are still working with the County’s budget office to determine the amount, which is expected to be $50,000 – $100,000 a year.