West Valley cities can have difficulty funding projects when most of its communities are part of homeowners associations (HOAs).A bond measure being considered in Surprise illustrates those challenges.The heart of the quandary is how to get HOA residents to support developments that benefit the larger community when the facilities are similar to those they already paid to develop within their own communities?HOA residents are essentially double taxed. That is, they are asked to pay extra for many of the city services provided to non-HOA residents. While every city resident pays the same property tax rate, those living in HOAs pay an additional assessment to cover many of the services that non-HOA residents receive by paying their property taxes. This can include recreational facilities, landscaping and even, in some cases, street maintenance.So what happens when a city wants to levy additional property taxes for projects and services that HOA residents already paid for through assessments? A few years ago, Litchfield Park failed to get a property tax approved in the face of opposition from the HOA community.Now, Surprise is discussing a bond measure. If the Surprise City Council backs this initiative in July, a $60 million bond measure would go on the ballot in November for nine projects over the next five years.MORE: Surprise considering bond measure for new fire stations, recreation centersFrom an HOA perspective, the list… Read full this story
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