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Marion County announces closures, programs and services updates

Marion County has made multiple operational changes that will remain in place during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Those include:

County closures
Forest Community Center at Sandhill Park, 777 S. County Road 314A, Ocklawaha
Hills of Ocala meeting room, 10475 SW 136th Terrace, Dunnellon
Marion Oaks Community Center, 294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala
Rainbow Lakes Estates Community Center, 19514 SW Rainbow Lakes Blvd., Dunnellon
Silver Springs Shores Community Center, 590 Silver Road, Ocala
County boat ramps are closed.
Marion County government buildings are closed to the public. However, services will continue to be provided per regular schedule.

Utilities
Business will be conducted through the drive-through, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Residents can call their 24-hour emergency service line at 352-307-6000.

Animal Services
Residents who have lost their pets should first check the Animal Services’ website to see if their pet is in the custody of the shelter. Appointments will be made during business hours to reclaim lost pets. Owners may call (352) 671-8700 or email animalservices@marioncountyfl.org to connect with Marion County Animal Services staff.
Other business, to include pet adoptions, will be conducted by appointment only and during normal business hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call (352) 671-8700.
For after-hour emergencies, please call (352) 732-9111.
All appointments will require a pre-screening interview, which will be conducted by phone.
Neuter Commuter services and public surgeries are suspended until further notice. Residents who have already booked an appointment for their pet may be rescheduled for a later date, once normal operations resume.
Marion County Animals Services staff will continue to work and provide care for the animals in their custody.

Veterans Services
Those requiring immediate assistance should contact Veterans Services at (352) 671-8422 or the U.S. Veterans Administration at 800-827-1000. Emails can be sent to veteranservices@marioncountyfl.org.

Building Safety
Business will be conducted by electronic means, phone and, if necessary, by appointment.
A drop-off location is available at 2710 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.
Inspections will not be affected by this schedule.

Public Library System
Access to library buildings is limited to census completion only.
Curbside service remains available to pick up pre-requested material.
Material can be requested via telephone or email at library@marioncountyfl.org.

Procurement Services
Procurement will provide a box that will be marked for deposit of bids, quotes and proposals.
Customers can call (352) 671-8444 to reach Procurement staff for more information.

Human Resources
Customers can call 352-438-2345 or email humanresources@marioncountyfl.org.

Office of County Engineer
The Office of the County Engineer can be reached by phone at 352-671-8686 or by email at Roads@MarionCountyFL.org.
For right-of-way or driveway permits, please feel free to continue to reach out to us at Permitting@MarionCountyFL.org or through other email addresses and contacts you are accustomed to using to do business with us.
Business will be conducted by electronic means, phone and, if necessary, by appointment.
A drop-off location is available.

Community Services
Those wishing to reach a staff member can call Tash Andriese at (352) 671-8776 or contact via email at CommunityServices@marioncountyfl.org.

Supervisor of Elections
Office is closed
If needed, and at the discretion of the Supervisor of Elections and under limited circumstances, an in-person meeting can be scheduled.
For questions, please call (352) 620-3290 during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
You can also find more information at www.VoteMarion.gov or email Elections@VoteMarion.gov.

Tax Collector
All eight of the Marion County Tax Collector Offices will be closed to the public
Customers can do most transactions through the call center at (352) 368-8200
Clerks can accept credit cards and ACH electronic check transfers.
Business hours will remain 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Customers can visit www.MarionTax.com for more information
Customer mail will be opened and processed daily.

Property Appraiser
The office of the Marion County Property Appraiser is closed to the public.
Statutory duties will continue to be performed and the public will have access to services via phone and web during business hours. Those online services and tools include:
Homestead Exemption Application E-file
Tangible Personal Property Return E-file
Mailing Address Change Request
Online Mapping System MapIt and Beta MapIt+
Sales Search
Property Search
Digital Data Request ‘Download Availability’
For more information, visit www.pa.marion.fl.us, email mcpa@pa.marion.fl.us or call 352-368-8300.

Marion County Sheriff
At this time, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will remain open to include their district offices.
There will be limited access to offices to include no personal contact except for felony registration.
For all other inquiries, please call (352) 732-8181 during normal business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
For non-emergency phone calls, please call (352) 732-9111.

Instructions for Using Drop-Boxes (where applicable)
Please make sure your documents are sealed in an envelope and clearly marked.
Please make sure your contact information is documented inside the envelope.

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