District Budget Information
The budget is a financial plan that serves as the basis for expenditure decision-making and subsequent control of expenditures. The plan strives to provide program services at the levels of service established by the Board during the budget process. However, the budget must also be flexible enough to account for unexpected events and expenditures. Otherwise, levels of service in other program areas may suffer to operate within the constraints of the overall budget.
District Operation & Maintenance Assessments
The operations and maintenance assessment (“O&M Assessment”) is the second component that makes up the non-ad valorem assessments property owners within the District will see on their annual tax bill from Hillsborough County.
O&M Assessments are based on the District’s Operations and Maintenance Budget, which is adopted annually. This is the budget that deals with the day in, day out needs of the District for the administration and operation of the District’s facilities and infrastructure. The District follows the budgeting process proscribed by section 190.008, Florida Statutes.
As part of this process, the District must annually adopt a proposed Operations and Maintenance Budget prior to June 15th and transmit the same to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County, Florida. After a minimum of 60 days after the submittal to the County, the District must conduct at least one public hearing to allow for public comment and testimony relating to the proposed Operations and Maintenance Budget. After the public hearing, the Board of Supervisors may adopt the Operations and Maintenance Budget and levy the assessments necessary to fund that adopted Operations and Maintenance Budget.
The link below is to the chart which depicts the O&M Assessments for the current Fiscal Year, which runs from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. It is important to know that O&M Assessment is variable depending upon the annual Operations and Maintenance Budget adopted for a given fiscal year.
District Debt Assessments
The Series 2011, Series 2015 and Series 2016 Bonds, and associated interest, are payable from and secured by non-ad valorem assessments levied against those lands within the District that benefit from the design, construction and/or acquisition of the improvements (“Debt Assessments”). The Series 2011 Bonds mature on May 1, 2041 and the proceeds were utilized to fund the acquisition of a substantially-completed facility and other real property located within the District for public recreational use. The Series 2015 Bonds mature on November 1, 2046 and the proceeds were utilized to fund a portion of the Series 2015 Project. The Series 2016 Bonds mature on May 1, 2035 and the proceeds were utilized to refund and defease the Series 2005 Bonds, which were originally issued to fund the construction and/or acquisition of a portion of the Series 2005 Improvements.
The District’s Debt Assessments and operation and maintenance assessments (discussed below) may appear on that portion of the annual real estate tax bill entitled “non-ad valorem assessments,” and will be collected by the Hillsborough County Tax Collector in the same manner as county ad valorem taxes. Each property owner must pay both ad valorem and non-ad valorem assessments at the same time. Property owners will, however, be entitled to the same discounts as provided for ad valorem taxes. As with any tax bill, if all taxes and assessments due are not paid within the prescribed time limit, the tax collector is required to sell tax certificates which, if not timely redeemed, may result in the loss of title to the property. The District may also elect to collect the assessment directly.
The link below is to the chart which depicts the annual assessment amounts of the Series 2011, Series 2015 Bonds and Series 2016 Bonds. The annual assessments for each lot/unit type are used to repay its respective debt. Together, the Series 2011, Series 2015 Bonds and Series 2016 Bonds encumber all the lots/units within the District, not including any lots that have paid off their debt. It is important to know that the Debt Assessment is a fixed amount and will not change from year to year.
Bond Payoff Request
Debt Assessments may be prepaid in full at any time by landowners. Actual pay off figures must be requested and verified in writing by the District Manager.