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Justification Review of the Right-of-Way Acquisition Program, Report No. 99-02, August 1999
 
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  • OPPAGA’s Right-of-Way Acquisition Report examined the state’s right-of-way costs, interstate logo signage, and the regulation of billboards.
  • Florida law may have the effect of encouraging landowners to go to court rather than seek settlement with the state. When this occurs, the state pays landowners’ costs for attorneys, appraisers, and expert witnesses. Thus, the Florida is paying more than any other state in fees, including some that other states don’t pay at all. In addition to $63.5 million paid in fees in 1997-98, $18.8 million was paid in business damages; the next closest state for this cost was Georgia, which paid $1.2 million. OPPAGA’s report suggests that such costs be limited while still protecting landowners and businesses that give up their property.
  • The privatized logo sign program uses blue panels along interstate highways to advertise businesses located near interchanges. After the current contract expires, Florida could consider following Kentucky’s example and use this program as a revenue source. Kentucky receives revenues of $382,000 to $450,000 per year from its program.
  • The Outdoor Advertising Program regulates billboards and is operating at a deficit. We recommend that the department implement a fee increase and, after the deficit has been eliminated, review the fees to determine how much the fees should be reduced.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Planning and Environment
Pre-Construction and Design Services
Right-of-Way Acquisition
Highway Construction and Engineering
Highway Maintenance
Florida Department of Transportation

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-18 The Legislature Has Several Options for Reducing the State’s Road Right-of-Way Costs, published in February 2006.
  • Report No. 04-46 Progress Report: The Department of Revenue Has Begun Updating Its Guidelines for Assessment of Billboards, published in July 2004.
  • Report No. 02-69 Special Review: Property Appraisers Use Cost Approach to Value Billboards; Guidelines Need Updating, published in December 2002.
  • Report No. 01-46 Progress Report: Some Highway Right-of-Way Costs Decreased, But Legislative Changes Needed to Further Reduce Costs, published in October 2001.
  • Report No. 01-13 Special Review: Department of Transportation Can Expedite Its Proposed Staffing Reduction Plan, published in March 2001.
  • Report No. 98-56 PB² Performance Report for the Right-of-Way Acquisition Program, published in February 1999.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
e-mail address: oppaga@oppaga.fl.gov


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