Does the county have to pay me for land they take to widen a county road?
Question Details: The county is widening our road. They will be taking down our fence and taking some of our property. Are they required to pay us for the land and rebuild our fence?
Yes, they do: when a govermental unit takes land or property, it must pay the fair market value of what it takes; that is, for example, a basic principal of "eminenent domain," or the taking of private property for public purposes. And when someone dismantles, damages, destroyes, etc. anything you own--like a fence--they have to pay to repair or restore it. If the county does not voluntarily offer you some acceptable amount, speak to a lawyer about legal action.