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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$269,900 :: 9386 S 181ST Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,457 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 07/05/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5628626
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/7/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


GORGEOUS MOVE-IN READY HOME. Enjoy the AMAZING Community Pool & Lake while someone else cares for them. Tons of Curb Appeal, Upgrades & Detail Galore.Plus, Private Corner Lot w/ only 1 neighbor. This home has been highly maintained & looks brand new. Upon entering, you're immediately met with a great flowing floor plan. Enjoy custom tile/carpet in all the right places. Large open kitchen with granite counters/back splash, plenty of upgraded cabinets and island with breakfast bar. Lg master bedroom w/upgraded en-suite, w/walk in closet, dual sinks. Entertain & relax in your backyard retreat. Not only is it private but the environment it creates is amazing. Enjoy solar, upgraded elevation, built in grill, epoxy garage floor, ceiling fans, tons of storage, irrigation system & more. NO CFD.

Listed with West USA Realty


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$345,000 :: 17655 W ASHURST Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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2 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,044 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 10/18/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5675753
Community: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
Tract: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
Status: Active


VERY RARE LEGATO MODEL Welcome home to this well appointed highly desired dual master suite home. Many custom upgrades including exterior stone work, courtyard gate and decorative railing and paver patio extension. Spacious open concept great room includes kitchen island pendant lighting and granite counter tops, tile backsplash, undermount sink and breakfast bar, 5 burner gas stove and stainless steel appliances. Staggered 42'' cabinets with handles plus pull out drawers below. Double door den is perfect for those guests. Cabinets in the laundry room, 3 car tandem garage. Custom plantation shutters, tile and carpet. 9' ceilings and 4'' baseboards and ceiling fans throughout. Relaxing patio with fountain & synthetic grass in a full fenced yard. All tucked in the guard gated adult community

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$334,900 :: 9350 S 181ST Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,457 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 10/18/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5675735
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Status: Active


POOL, Premium view fenced lot, chef's Dream kitchen = WOW! Quality-built Ashton Woods home, is perfect for entertaining. This single-level home is set amidst custom landscape with flowering shrubs and colorful plantings in desirable Estrella Mountain Ranch. What makes it special is the feeling of elegance tempered with simplicity. With its high ceilings, flowing floor plan. Every day here in Estrella is like a vacation. Formal and intimate living and dining areas, easy-care tile flooring, custom built-in entertainment center & office built ins, plantation shutters are just some of the extensive upgrades. The master retreat offers crown molding, frame-less shower, jetted tub, granite counters and custom closet built-ins. In the kitchen, there's gorgeous slab granite counters, Wolf range

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$350,000 :: 16451 S 176TH Lane, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,890 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 10/18/17, Last Updated: 10/18/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5675684
Community: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
Tract: PROVINCE AT ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN
Status: Active


Gorgeous upgraded home in adult community of CantaMia. Walking distance to the lake and community center. Everything you need to enjoy the life you deserve. Gourmet kitchen with 42'' staggered cabinets and custom pullouts, island with undermount sink, 5 burner gas stove and granite countertops. Dining nook with bay window. Spacious great room. Dining room can be used as optional den. Real wood flooring or tile where it should be. Both bathrooms boast raised vanity sinks. Master bedroom has walk in closet and walk in shower. Laundry room includes built in cabinets. 10' ceilings, 8' doors, 5 1/4'' baseboards, and ceiling fans throughout. Backyard includes extended covered patio, fans, and view fence facing East onto the beautiful desert landscape. No backyard neighbor. Paid off solar system

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$269,500 :: 10952 S DESERT LAKE Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,777 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 09/22/17, Last Updated: 10/17/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5663985
Community: Estrella Mountain Ranch
Tract: Estrella Mountain Ranch
Status: Active


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Listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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$269,900 :: 17528 W Desert View Lane, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,848 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 10/17/17, Last Updated: 10/17/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5675505
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Status: Active


Gorgeous REMODEL, featuring a formal living/dining in the front room, a great room with open living, dining and kitchen, a lovely mosaic gas fireplace, FRESH interior & exterior paint, NEW light fixtures, NEW upgraded carpet & NEW vinyl in the laundry room. Kitchen has oak cabinets, NEW granite counters, NEW SS appliances, recessed lights, a pantry & a breakfast bar. Den off family room could be converted to 4th bedroom. Master suite has a full bath w/separate shower/tub, double sinks & two closets - one of which is a large walk-in with built-in shelves. Backyard has mature trees & plants with a covered patio and large uncovered patio. Fantastic community with tons of amenities - community pool, fitness center, splash park, sports courts, boating, fishing, bike paths & tons more!

Listed with Pivotal Properties


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$264,900 :: 18442 W WESTERN STAR Boulevard, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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4 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,195 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 09/12/17, Last Updated: 10/17/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5659342
Community: Estrella Mountain Ranch
Tract: Estrella Mountain Ranch
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/12/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


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$395,000 :: 13193 S 181ST Avenue, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,432 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 09/07/17, Last Updated: 10/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5657307
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/8/2017 by 1%
Status: Conditional


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Listed with Realty ONE Group


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$489,900 :: 18138 W OCOTILLO Avenue, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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5 beds, 3.5 baths
Home size: 3,932 sq ft
Lot Size: 9,583 sq ft
Added: 09/11/17, Last Updated: 10/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5658902
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 9/30/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


Motivated Sellers Offering This Rare Semi-Custom T.W.LEWIS Home with a fully Finished Lower Level with a Huge Theater Room. An Open Floor plan... Family Rm/Island Kitchen with Breakfast Bar, Pantry, Recipe Center and Loads of Designer Cabinets. The Secluded Master Retreat comes with the Builders Signature Snail Shower, Separate Soaking Tub and a Huge Walk-in Closet. Step Outside from the Master Bedroom or Family Room to a covered Patio Overlooking a Desert Oasis with Sparkling PebbleTech Pool for the Arizona Summer and a Built-in Heated Spa for those Chilly Winter Evenings. The Award Winning Estrella Community provides Year Round Resort Style Living with Lakes, Water Park, Miles of Scenic Hiking/Biking Trails, Golf, Tennis, Pickleball, Two State of the Art Rec. Centers and much more..

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$340,000 :: 13633 S 183RD Drive, Goodyear AZ, 85338

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,423 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 10/04/17, Last Updated: 10/15/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5668691
Community: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
Tract: ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH PARCEL
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/4/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


What else do you need? Pool, views, private cul-de-sac location on preserve...3 full bedrooms plus den. This home boasts all the fun architect of Ashton Woods Homes from the stone faced front and wood beams at ceiling to the large tile throughout and arches and niches in Open floor plan. Open Island kitchen with staggered cabinetry, granite counter tops, breakfast bar, and walk-in pantry. Private master suite with bay window set out and complete master bath. Separate bedroom wing with 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, double door den and inside spacious laundry room. Backyard oasis with mountain views, pool, patio, BBQ, firepit, outdoor garden area and easy maintenance hardscape. Keep it cool with shutters and custom blinds and sunscreens. PLUS...Location, Location, Location...WOW!

Listed with Realty ONE Group


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