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Tax set for new homeowners in Wildomar
Friday, September 27th, 2013
Issue 39, Volume 17.
Homebuyers who move into the new developments will have to pay an annual tax for services, such as police and fire. Current homeowners will not be affected.
CV Communities, in charge of the project, as part of the deal, has agreed to pay $15,000 to form a citywide community facilities district, or CFD.
The annual amount buyers of new homes in the city will pay could go as high as $590 per single-family dwelling, according to Wildomar City Engineer Dan York.
"I think this is an important step for the city [for future developments] to pay their own way for services [such as police and fire]," said Adam Smith, a CV representative.
The $590 is setting up for new services, such as poison protection and landscape maintenance, he said. The difference in the tax is about $300 a year.
"If this development did not have this special tax, these services would still be needed for the residence of this new development," he said. "This is a way from existing residents from having to pay for the new residents that come in."
Residents of the city spoke against the new tax.
"The voters in general do not like this measure. So if you want to drive a stake through the heart, go for it," said Ken Mays, a Wildomar resident.
Call it what you want, this is no more than a property tax, said planning commissioner and resident RobertDevine.
This proposal was voted on by the planning commission on Aug. 7; he said his problem is that he doesn’t believe that all the information was provided to the commission by city staff to make that decision.
"We’re proposing to tax every single project that comes into this community, that’s going to do nothing but drive developers and potential residents out of the community," he said.
He also said people will go to neighboring communities.
"Why subject themselves to additional taxation?" he asked.
If the additional $300 per year is not paid by new residents, it will have to be paid by existing residents, said City Manager Gary Nordquist.
An analysis of how much the new residents would cost the city in terms of public services would be assessed, the participation in the district is a voluntary decision of each developer, said York.
"These homeowners are willing to pay, they have to buy into it, too," said Councilwoman Marsha Swanson. "Buyers want these things."
She also used an example of people who pay for Home Owners Association fees because they like someone to keep the place clean and neat.
"They want that quality of life," she said, "This development will keep this community alive, going and safe."
To keep the community looking nice it costs money, she added.
"So if we all share of what it costs to be safe and secure, that’s all we’re trying to do," she said.
Wildomar Mayor Timothy Walker said other cities like Temecula and Murrieta have mello-roos and the bonds. Wildomar doesn’t have that.
"You pay for what you’re going to get," he said.
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