It's not a fee being "tacked on" by the owner because of what they once were charged. And, since the HOA does not have taxing power, it has nothing to do with what a property owner's taxes are going toward.
After looking at the charts, these look like the same entities (Parks, recreation, streets, police, fire, water, sanitation) that are included in my property taxes and in the case of water and sanitation, monthly fees we all see in our city's water and sewer bill.
If it is a new development fee, why are homes for resale charging that fee (these fees are listed on realtor.com)? Is that the original homeowner tacking on a fee they have previously paid or is the fee charged each and every time the home is sold? In either case, IMO those do not fit the traditional definition of capital improvement because re-selling a home is not increasing any expense for the local government. Common sense dictates that there is only a capital improvement if someone is increasing their home value by remodeling or upgrading.
Are these fees just another way for raising money without further raising the taxes? Isn't the whole point of taxes to force everyone to pay into the "pool" thereby lowering the overall costs for everyone (like Obamacare)? Is somebody thinking that if they raise the property taxes people will think that it is too expensive to live here so instead they tack on a FEE because that won't generally be publicised?
Whenever I see the word "FEE" I think of bad management, lack of planning and budgeting and just plain GRAFT.
Sun City $3,000
Sun City West $2,500
other local towns and communities like Sun City Grand, Sun City Festival, Westbrook Village and others also have such fees but all of these will be lower than $2,000
When buying you will need to understand Rec Center Fees and Transfer fees that do come in play at time of purchase. These fees are not pro-rated and they are always paid by the buyer.
If you are planning to buy in our beautiful and sunny NW Valley I will be happy to share with you the knowledge I have, assist you in your search and represent you in the negotiation and purchase.
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