What is a Community Facilities District?

A community facilities district is a special taxing district that allows the financing of the installation, operation and maintenance of public improvements such as roads, water and sewer facilities, flood control and drainage projects.  Many well-known communities in Scottsdale, Goodyear, Surprise, Peoria, Buckeye and Mesa have utilized CFD’s to finance the installation and maintenance of infrastructure for specific communities. The bonds associated with the CFD’s become the responsibility of the property owners who benefit from the infrastructure improvements.   How can you find out if your property is located in a CFD? And if it is, what are the taxes for the CFD?

 

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 What are the reasons for a Community Facilities District (CFD)?

Community Facilities Districts allow opportunities for developers and municipalities to finance the cost of infrastructure improvements, which are ultimately paid by homeowners who benefit from the improvements. The bonds, typically 25 years in maturity, affect home owners in two ways.  1.) A general obligation bond that results in an ad valorem property tax  and/or  2.)  A special assessment bond and resulting semi-annual lien payment.  The special assessment lien can be pre-paid  while the general obligation bond cannot be pre-paid. The reason for the different bonds is  due to the timing of the access to the funds from each.

The Arizona Community Facilities District Act was passed into law in Sept. 1988 and covers such improvements as water and sewer facilities, roads, parks, flood control and drainage projects. The law was patterned after similar legislation in California and Florida that addresses the burden of costly public infrastructure without being overly burdensome on the city or town. CFD’s are appealing to developers are they are required to provide  low-interest, long-term, tax-exempt financing, and cities find them favorable because they are a form of off-balance sheet financing and don’t affect a cities’ debt structure.

 Desert Harbor Boat DockAre you part of a special taxing district?

Many homeowners and potential buyers believe that the tax rates are the same for all properties in the same city.  CFD’s will create significant property tax variances within the same city.   Therefore, it is important for a buyer to review the tax bill of their future home to identify any responsibility for repayment of a bond for a CFD.

If you are considering the purchase of a new home, the builder is required to disclose the existence of a Community Facilities District.  This disclosure should also include an estimate of the amount of the taxes and special assessments which will be levied against the property.  For example, Marley Park requires buyers to sign a CFD Disclosure.

To get a better idea of the usage of CFD financing and where they are being used, click on the link below for specific details:

Search for CFD’s

If you are considering a property that is part of a large master planned community with Waterfront lotsattractive amenities, a review of the tax records would be prudent.  For example, Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear, Sundance in Buckeye, Marley Park in Surprise, Vistancia in Peoria, DC Ranch and McDowell Mountain Ranch in Scottsdale and Eastmark in Mesa all have CFD’s and prospective buyers should take this into account.

Do you live in a CFD?

To view the detailed tax bill  for a parcel to see if a property is subject to a CFD, find the parcel number (APN) and then to go the treasurer’s website at: www.treasurer.maricopa.gov   . On the left side at the bottom, you’ll a “Parcel Inquiry” Marley Park Special Tax Districtbutton. Click on the Parcel Inquiry button, enter the APN number  and in the second box under the taxes due you’ll see  a link to View Tax Details.  Click on this and scroll down to Special Tax Districts which is where you’ll see the details for Community Facilities Districts.   This shows the general obligation property tax assigned to the property. Buyers should call the city to confirm the existence of any special assessment lien payment in addition to the ad valorem property tax.

New Field in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)  for CFD’s

Because CFD’s represent an added tax burden and may be unknown to prospective buyers, there is now a field in the MLS to disclose the existence of a community facilities district.  However, if it does not indicate that there is a CFD, this should not keep a prospective buyer from researching whether a property is located in one. Just a suggestion.

Community Facilities District Field

Lake Communities with Community Facilities Districts

Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear, an amenity rich lake community, has a CFD that is serviced by both general obligation and special assessment bonds.  Again, a review of the detailed tax records and calling the City of Goodyear would be wise.

Edgewater community poolBridgewater and Edgewater, luxury lakefront condominiums in Tempe also belong to a CFD but currently do not show any taxes being paid on them.

If you would like to know if your home is subject to a CFD and need help in reviewing your detailed tax bill, please call me at 480-326-8571 or e-mail me at  gordonbaker@remax.net  for assistance.

If you are a property owner and would like to know the value of your home, click on What’s the Value of My Home.

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$410,000 :: 13018 S 177TH Lane, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 3,212 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647390
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Status: Active


Premier golf course lot on a cul-de-sac in gated Estrella Mountain! Bright and welcoming, this open and roomy floorplan allows for effortless entertaining. Plenty of storage and prep space in the huge eat-in kitchen featuring cherry cabinets, granite counters, island, and double ovens. The family room overlooks the kitchen and boasts a stunning stone-faced gas fireplace and surround sound! Grand master retreat includes a bay window, patio access, walk-in closet and incredible bath with double sinks, soaker tub, and separate shower. Enjoy the sweeping mountain and golf course views from the large backyard complete with a built in BBQ, fire pit, and concrete slab for a sports court/extended patio. Tons of community amenities! Visit now to see everything this home offers!

Listed with Keller Williams Realty Phoenix


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$275,000 :: 17765 W MANSO Street, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,723 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 08/16/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5647331
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Status: Active


Popular Estrella Mountain Ranch home. Your backyard oasis awaits you with a Pebble Tec pool, viewing fence of preserve & mountains, lots of privacy, extended patio, pergola (Sunbrella covering 1 year old), in-ground fountain, and N/S exposure. This 3 bedr split floorplan is the perfect get-away right at home. The kitchen has granite counter tops, lots of cabinets, and a pantry. Large cabinet in hallway for storage. The AC is 2 months old, water heater, garage door opener is 2 years old. Outside painted 2 years ago. The energy efficient pool pump is 3 years old. The 3 car tandem garage has epoxy floors, shelving on one wall and two large storage units. Exterior walls and roof have extra insulation, triple paned windows in master bedroom, and programmable Tstat. Pride of ownership!

Listed with Brokers Only, LLC


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$559,000 :: 12675 S 179TH Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 4,532 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,681 sq ft
Added: 07/07/17, Last Updated: 08/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5629645
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Status: Conditional


Welcome to this Gated TW Lewis 5 Bed + Basement Home nestled on the Estrella Golf Course. Luxury & fine living surround you as you enter this home with designer details though out. Guests are welcomed into the living/dining room area by arched doorways, multiple fireplaces, neutral colors & natural lighting leading the way to the upgraded kitchen/family living area. This kitchen is a gourmet delight with exclusive touches including high grade granite, massive builtin Fridge, 6 burned gas cook top & more. The outdoor living space is ideal for entertaining with extended covered patio & resort style landscaping including a putting green & pergola. The pavered driveway leads to the 3-Car extended garage & built-in cabinets + fresh epoxy flooring. Turnkey Opportunity should buyer be interested

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$499,000 :: 18138 W OCOTILLO Avenue, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,932 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 07/06/17, Last Updated: 08/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5629616
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/7/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Basement home in a gated golf community. Features an open floor plan with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Kitchen boasts granite countertops, abundant cabinet space with plenty of space to entertain. The living room has a gas fireplace and picturesque windows that overlook the pool. The Master bath is enormous with separate walk-in shower and jetted tub, double sinks and a huge walk-in closet. Included is a projector, screen, 7.1 surround sound speakers, custom 20 ft sofa and all the movie decor. Backyard has artificial grass, a built-in gas grill, 2 gas fire-pits, spa, pebble bottom pool with amazing water and light features. Features: extended garage (5'), fire sprinkler system, On-Q wired internet throughout the home, RO system, tankless hot water heater, refrigerator, washer and dryer.

Listed with West USA Realty


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$278,000 :: 13429 S 185TH Avenue, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,854 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 08/09/17, Last Updated: 08/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5644511
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/9/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


Fantastic opportunity to live in the desirable Estrella Mountain community, with beautiful desert mountain views, golfing, community pool, clubhouse, walking & biking paths, lake, and "A" rated Westar Elementary School. Popular Ashton Woods split floor plan with solar, formal dining room, great room which is open to highly upgraded kitchen & offers full views of the resort style outdoor space. Kitchen features custom finish staggered cabinets, stunning granite with extended backsplash, kitchen island and breakfast bar, gas range, & reverse osmosis system. Outstanding mountain and desert views from the back and front yards; backyard has view fence of natural desert area, covered patio, newly installed patio pavers and artificial grass. Neutral ceramic tile throughout main areas of home,

Listed with West USA Realty


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$329,000 :: 12768 S 184TH Avenue, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,484 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 04/21/17, Last Updated: 08/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5594225
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/2/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


SOLAR LEASE IS PAID OFF! GORGEOUS 15 FT SLIDER OPENS TO FINISHED BACKYARD! ENJOY BREATHTAKING SUNSET VIEWS FROM THE LIVING ROOM & BACK! BUILT BY REPUTABLE William Ryan Homes and located in one of the most HIGHLY DESIRABLE & ESTABLISHED little neighborhoods within the boundaries of Estrella Mountain Ranch. You CANNOT currently buy a new construction home that is as well-constructed for this price! No neighbors behind!!! Single Story homes on both sides! Quiet Street! Original Owners. Meticulously Maintained. Upgraded granite countertops. Beautiful formal dining area. Master suite features private patio & full spa bath w/his & her elevated vanities and oversized walk-in closet. Great Room is highlighted w/ 15' three panel multi-stack sliding door. This is a MUST SEE! Easy to schedule showing

Listed with West USA Realty


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$269,900 :: 12234 S 176TH Avenue, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,013 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 07/27/17, Last Updated: 08/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5638514
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 7/27/2017 by 3%
Status: Active


Beautiful well maintained home in Estrella Mountain Ranch in the exclusive ''Golf Village'' adjacent to the Jack Nicolas designed golf course! Great location! Corner house!Refreshing pool! and lots of community amenities!Very spacious open floor plan, with beautiful granite counter tops, tiled back-splash and center island/breakfast bar! Separate formal living area and spacious family room, with entertainment niche and additional eating area. Carpet and tile in all the right places, ceiling fans and window treatments throughout! Backyard is beautifully landscaped and boasts a pergola that covers the whole back patio. Other patio is covered and is perfect for your morning coffee. Call today for a private showing! Gorgeous home, ready for new owner!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$329,900 :: 13388 S 183RD Avenue, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,671 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 07/07/17, Last Updated: 08/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5629643
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 8/11/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


WHAT A STEAL!!! This incredible opportunity is available to you NOW! Estrella Mountain Ranch is an amazing community with WATER RESORT AMENITIES for its residents. This home is offered at an astounding value, and it WON'T LAST LONG! Everything you want is already here. Tile and carpet in all the right places; POOL; Jacuzzi; Gas FIREPLACE. THREE AIR CONDITIONERS for complete control of all three sections of the home. 10-Foot Ceilings. Seller has a HOME WARRANTY covering the property, and the buyer can take over for a full year at close. SPLIT MASTER! Simply AMAZING! You're going to LOVE IT! SOLAR PANELS and SYSTEM OWNED--not leased. Softwater tanks leased at $35/mo. ***BUYER and/or BUYER's AGENT to verify anything and everything buyer considers to be material.**

Listed with Quail Run Realty


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$249,900 :: 17519 W DALEA Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,679 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,534 sq ft
Added: 07/26/17, Last Updated: 08/13/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5637899
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH
Status: Active


BEAUTIFUL SINGLE LEVEL HOME WITH PEBBLESHEEN POOL! LIKE NEW WITH NEW GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, FRESH INTERIOR PAINT, NEW CARPETS, NEW CEILING FANS, & NEW STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES! REFRIGERATOR, WASHER, & DRYER INCLUDED! EXCELLENT LOCATION IN SOUGHT-AFTER ESTRELLA LAKE COMMUNITY! This spacious 3 bedroom home also boasts tile flooring, updated cabinets, large Great Room,gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings, Formal Dining, custom shades, laundry cabinets, sunscreens, and more! The back yard oasis offers a self-cleaning pool with waterfall feature, Kool deck, covered patio, BBQ gas stub, private fenced yard, and easy-maintenance desert landscaping. Great location near schools, and just minutes from Estrella golf course, lakes, and the Starpointe Residents Club!

Listed with West USA Realty


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$283,000 :: 18412 W LAVENDER Lane, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,423 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 05/06/17, Last Updated: 08/12/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5601739
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/14/2017 by 1%
Status: Conditional


DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING DEAL IN A VERY DESIRABLE COMMUNITY OF ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH WITH LAKES ! ENJOY THE RESORT STYLE LIVING IN MOUNTAINS AND FRESH CRISP AIR IN THIS 4 BED, 2 BATH HOME. HOME BOASTS BEAUTIFUL GRANITE COUNTER TOPS AND BACK SPLASH. FORMAL DINING AND LIVING ROOM ALONG WITH GREAT ROOM. EAT IN KITCHEN/DINING NOOK. BEAUTIFUL GRANITE ISLAND WITH SINK AND BREAKFAST BAR WITH PLENTY OF SEATING. LONG ELEGANT HALLS TO A SPLIT MASTER FLOOR PLAN. FRESHLY PAINTED AND BRAND NEW CARPET. PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING OR FAMILY. ENJOY THE PRIVATE BIKING AND HIKING TRAILS AND ALL THIS COMMUNITY HAS TO OFFER. SECLUSION AT ITS FINEST. DONT LET THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL GET AWAY!

Listed with DPR Realty LLC


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