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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$258,000 :: 18516 W SAN CARLOS Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,773 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 06/20/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5782841
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Status: Active


Welcome to your home sweet home in Estrella Mountain! Open split floorplan with custom color palette. 10ft ceilings throughout. The kitchen comes with breakfast bar, ample storage, and white appliances. Master bedroom features bay windows, en suite, and walk-in closet. Enjoy BBQs and gatherings in the oversized, beautifully landscaped backyard. Other upgrades include solar power, solar water heater, newer HVAC unit, prewired stereo and alarm, sunscreens, reverse osmosis, garage cabinets and epoxy flooring plus 4ft extension. This home is sure to go fast, so come see it today!

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$305,000 :: 11624 S 175TH Lane, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,431 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 05/29/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5772513
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/20/2018 by 3%
Status: Active


***Heated Pool and SPA*** 3 Car Garage*** 4 Bedroom Plus Loft, 3 Bath Home in Beautiful Estrella Mtn. One Bedroom Plus a Full Bath is Downstairs. The Master Bedroom is upstairs with 2 Additional Bedrooms with a Hallway Bathroom & a Loft, perfect for an office or a Game Room. Plantation Shutters. Neutral Paint. Family Room open to the Kitchen with a Media Niche & Security Doors leading to the Patio. Extended Patio. Beautiful Tile. This Beautiful Home sits on a Magnificent Lot with Unbelievable Views! This home features a very open Floorplan. The Kitchen has Corian Counter Tops and White Cabinets and a Large Pantry. Master Bathroom has Double Sinks, Separate Tub & Shower & a Large Walk-in Closet. Beautiful landscaping. Backyard is amazing w/Heated Pool and SPA! No CFD on This property!

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$294,900 :: 13645 S 177TH Avenue, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,204 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 03/01/18, Last Updated: 06/19/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5730618
Community: Estrella Mountain Ranch CORONA
Tract: Estrella Mountain Ranch CORONA
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/19/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


**Price reduced**This beautiful Taylor Morrison home boasts a gourmet kitchen equipped with double ovens, granite,stainless appliances, walk-in pantry & built-in garbage/recycle bins.The split floor plan & large Master Bedroom has space for your own little retreat. Large Bedrooms. Use the separate den as an office or Game Room. This home boasts WALK-IN closets in ALL bedrooms including 2 linen closets.The 3 car tandem garage gives you room for a workshop or storage. Upgraded tile, 8ft doors, window blinds & ceiling fans throughout top off this beautiful home. 3 AC/Heating zones keep your power bills down when you are not using the other rooms. The new Presidio Residents club is located just minutes away,it includes a heated pool,splash pad, gym & restaurant. 1 yr home warranty included.

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$400,000 :: 18347 W SWEET ACACIA Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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5 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,865 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 06/18/18, Last Updated: 06/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5782107
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Status: Active


This semi-custom TW Lewis home is located on a prime lot, showing off the beauty and serenity of Estrella Mountain Ranch. Take in the gorgeous views of the desert and Arizona sunsets with this view lot. Home features an open floor plan perfect for entertaining, upgraded eat in kitchen with SS appliance, granite countertops, tasteful backsplash and plentiful cabinets for storate that looks out to the family room and spills out to the large backyard with sparkling blue pool and plenty of grass for other activities and events. The master bedroom is very spacious and is equipped with a large bathroom and walk in closet. Three car garage is perfect for all of your vehicles and toys. Call today to schedule to schedule a time to see this unique home!

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$534,900 :: 11108 S Santa Columbia Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 3,121 sq ft
Lot Size: 14,810 sq ft
Added: 04/10/18, Last Updated: 06/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5749682
Community: Estrella Mountain Ranch
Tract: Estrella Mountain Ranch
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/18/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Spectacular 4 bedroom custom home on a spacious view corner lot.You will go ''wow'' when you enter into this great room with travertine stone floors, a gas stone fireplace & kitchen island with bar height seating.The kitchen has all stainless steel appliances,granite counters,another island behind the big island,5 burner 36'' gas cook top,double ovens, & microwave.Master bedroom is large enough for a sitting area & is split from the rest of the bedrooms. Master bath has snail type shower,Jacuzzi tub, & walk in closet.Speakers inside & outside on patio.Home is wired for security.Beautiful back yard with covered patio that has mister system and roll up sun screens. Step up to the raised patio and enjoy the views, wine by the fire pit, and peacefulness of the neighborhood.

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$419,450 :: 18341 W SWEET ACACIA Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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5 beds, 2.75 baths
Home size: 3,539 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 04/27/18, Last Updated: 06/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5758250
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Status: Active


Stunning TW Lewis home in Estrella Mountain Ranch surrounded by pristine desert & majestic mountain views! Tuscan color palette throughout accented with plantation shutters, plush carpeting, and tile flooring. Handsome tiled fireplace & built-in media center in the family room. Gourmet kitchen features granite counters, custom cabinets, center island with breakfast bar, & stainless steel appliances. One office/bedroom & 3/4 bath downstairs. 4 bedrooms upstairs. Master has a walk in closet, adjoining spa like bath, & private balcony access w/ amazing views. Entertain family & friends in the backyard oasis with a covered patio, built-in BBQ, lush green grass, & a refreshing blue pool! Tons of community amenities nearby! See comparison sheet in DOCUMENTS TAB for comparison to home next door

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$324,900 :: 9412 S 181ST Avenue, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,459 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,712 sq ft
Added: 06/05/18, Last Updated: 06/18/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5776061
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/18/2018 by 2%
Status: Active


Perfectly situated on a premier mountain view lot with premium views! Excellent Location just around the corner from Estrella Star point residence center, lakes, pools, workout facility, hiking and biking trails and much more. Superior great room floor plan design with Divine formal dining room, private master suite, architecturally appealing stone columns and arches. Chefs dream kitchen with Extra large kitchen sitting bar / gourmet granite island. Abundance of kitchen storage, walk in butler pantry, staggered cabinets and more! Home is Attractively priced. Compare to new construction and save $$$! Award winning Top ranked Estrella MTN Ranch master planned community with high rated schools, HOA fees include exclusive access to all amenities.

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$296,900 :: 17818 W BUCKHORN Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,218 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 03/21/18, Last Updated: 06/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5739839
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 6/16/2018 by 0%
Status: Active


Sellers are downsizing, your chance to live in the sought after Estrella Mountain Ranch community! Well maintained 3-bedroom, 2-bath single-story with rare 3-car garage. The large eat in kitchen opens to the family room featuring NEW STAINLESS APPLIANCES, custom cabinetry, granite counters and an island with breakfast bar. Spacious master suite has walk-in closet & adjoining spa like bath with soothing garden tub & separate shower. Generous backyard is complete with a covered patio, green grass & low care landscape! Energy saving upgrades in 2014 include: paid solar, HVAC & ductwork replacement & water heater with recirculating pump. Water softener with R/O in kitchen & instant hot water (2015). Amazing community amenities close by! Come see it today.

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$297,500 :: 13302 S 176TH Lane, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,959 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,147 sq ft
Added: 06/16/18, Last Updated: 06/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5781652
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Status: Active


Beautiful pool property in Estrella features a welcome color pallet of warm tones with tile throughout living and kitchen areas and soft interior paint, Updated kitchen is gorgeous with upgraded French white cabinetry, subway tile backsplash, gorgeous premium granite counters and more! Popular floorplan features an awesome great room with stone surround fireplace and media wall, plus split master suite, split den and wing of secondary bedrooms - perfect for everyone to have a space of their own. Premium sized lot, with partial view fence and no homes behind you offers much desired privacy. Oversized backyard retreat boasts brick pavers, covered patio, and a big sparkling pool ready for you to enjoy right now! And there is plenty of space for your toys, a garden, play area, or..see mo

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$240,000 :: 17536 W CACTUS FLOWER Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,450 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 05/03/18, Last Updated: 06/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5760513
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Status: Conditional


Wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in the highly desirable community of Estrella Mountain Ranch. This home is on a quiet street with single story homes on each side and a neighborhood park directly behind. The home is freshly painted inside and has brand new carpet in the bedrooms. The garage features a wall of cabinets for all your storage needs. Escape to yourbackyard retreat with a beautiful pebble tech pool featuring an in ground cleaning system and a waterfall. The kitchen boasts brand new stainless steel stove and dishwasher. Close to many of the wonderful amenities Estrella Mountain Ranch offers. Homes at this price point in this area are hard to come by, don't let this home pass you by!

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