Sinkhole On Private Land Causes Concern

For the second time in as many weeks a North Central Florida property owner is asking for help that county workers say they legally can't give.
This time, a large sinkhole has one rural family looking for a solution.
These are the County's reaction to situations like these happening on private property.

The affected landowner is Carolyn reams who said "The information I got was we can't help you and thats what wasn't acceptable to me."
It started with what Carolyn described as a blooping and thumping sound, before her husband noticed a massive sinkhole in their yard right behind their garage.
Tv20's Landon Harrar reported "Carolyn Reams tells me this was a big sinkhole, roughly 20-30 feet wide and if you look behind me at that light pole, well thats a good judge for how deep it was, about 50 feet."
Reams called 911 and sheriff's deputies came out and said there's nothing they could do, and she got a similar answer from the county.
"My frustration with Alachua County is that we pay land taxes and everything and there's nothing you can offer us out here. Yes it's private property but you can tell us what we can and can't do on our private property. So if it's private property why can you come on our private property giving us information about what we can or can't put on our property."
Alachua County's Communication Director Mark Sexton explained "County dollars can't be used to make improvements or repairs to private property. It wouldn't be fair for my tax dollars to be used to repair your roof or to cut down a tree on your property. So it's hard for us because sometimes people will come and they have a real need but we are just legally not allowed to use general tax dollars for private property benefit."
In the end Carolyn got a friend of her cousin to come fill in the hole with sand. Still she wants the county to be more helpful to people in her position.
" I feel that Alachua County should give us information about what we should do just in case we don't not have insurance. What directions we should go to. Give us some guidelines about what we should do if this happens again."
Sexton mentioned if government was responsible to take care of private properties, tax rates would have to quadruple or more. Making it an unreasonable idea.