If you are researching a lead in Alachua County, Florida, then this is for you. Public records count for quite a few things. One might be surprised what can be found in a matter of minutes. For more on what a public record is, read this post.
- The County Appraiser’s Office is where you find property records, including warranties, deed information, recent tax information, the size and general floor plan of the structure on the property.
- Another place to find mortgages and loans for the property or the owners is the County Clerk’s Office.
- The county clerk’s office can also help you with marriage licenses, death certificates, etc.
- Utility bills can be found at the regional utility office. Anyone can request the utility bills, particularly over the past year. Anyone interested in buying a home has the right to look at previous utility records to get a general sense of the bills. This means that the utility office has no right to question why you want them. As a journalist, all you need to do is request them. They may ask for a form of identification, but you have the right to refuse to give it to them. For Gainesville, GRU is the only option.
- For code enforcement, the Gainesville book can be found here. However, if you want to know what the property is zoned for, the easiest way to discover it is the property appraiser’s office (look at No. 1).
- Criminal and court records can be found at the Clerk’s office as well, but the website for Alachua is a bit different.
- Florida stands as third in the nation for having a working comprehensive website with government spending records, according to a study released in early April. The requirement to provide public access to the spending of public funds is explained in the Government-In-The-Sunshine Manual, in accordance with 119.07, F.S. For access to these spending records, here is the recognized website.