How are the District services financed?

The District levies special assessments on your property for the services provided.  They generally fall into two (2) categories.  The first is a capital assessment which cover's the construction of improvements for the community, such as a water management system, landscaped berms, etc.  These capital improvements are financed with long term (30 year) tax free municipal bonds, and each property owner pays their proportionate share of those capital improvements each year.  Property owner's may pay off this capital assessment early, by contracting the District Office for information on your property.

The second is an operations and maintenance assessment that is levied each year to maintain the facilities of the community and administer the District.  This amount will change each year based on the level of services and costs associated with the operations of the District.  Property owners are more than welcome to attend the District's meetings and participate in the public hearing process.

Q: Can I pay off the bonds on my property?

In most cases, yes! Click here to request bond payoff information.

Q: How are annual assessments determined?

The annual operating and maintenance assessment amount will be set annually by the Board of Supervisors. The factors that determine an adjustment in the assessment consist of inflation and changes to the levels of service.

Q: How are CDD services financed?

The CDD issues Special Assessment Revenue Bonds to finance community infrastructure. Generally, Community Development Districts assess each property owner a yearly capital debt service assessment to pay back those bonds. In the case of the CDD a significant portion of this capital assessment will be prepaid by the developer at the time of closing. In addition, to maintain the facilities of the community and administer the CDD, the CDD conducts a public hearing each year at which it adopts an operating and maintenance budget. The funding of this budget is levied as an operating and maintenance assessment on your property by the Board of Supervisors. All residents pay for a share of the maintenance of the CDD improvements through this annual assessment.

Q: What are the ongoing responsibilities of the CDD?

The ongoing responsibilities of the CDD are to administer CDD bonds, operate and maintain the community facilities for the benefit of the property owners.

Q: What is the Community Development District in our community specifically responsible for?

A The CDD will provide the following publicly-owned elements:

  • Off-site road improvements, streets, sidewalks, street signs and street lighting. This will be transferred to the County for maintenance
  • Water management. Including main line irrigation, lake and water control structures
  • Conservation areas
  • Water and sewer facilities, which will be transferred to the appropriate franchised utility
  • Landscaping and entry features
  • Amenity areas (pool and clubhouse)

Q: Who governs the CDD?

The CDD is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected initially by the property owners. Eventually, the Board will he elected by majority vote of the resident electors in the community. A professional manager implements the policies of the Board.

Who are the professional staff of the District:

The District Manager is:

JPWard and Associates, LLC
2041 NE 6th Terrace
Wilton Manors, Florida 33305

District Manager: James P. Ward
Phone: 954.658.4900
E-mail: JimWard@JPWardAssociates.com

The District Manager is an official appointed as the administrative Manager in a traditional council-manager form of government. In a technical sense “District Manager," implies more discretion and independent authority that is set forth in the charter or some other body of codified law, as opposed to duties being assigned on a varying basis by a single supervisor.
This structure does not assure successful governmental operations without careful attention to relationships within the organization. The Manager can neither be seen as simply the agent of the Board of Supervisors nor merely the director of administrative staff. The Manager's success depends increasingly on his or her effectiveness as a team builder with the Board, professional staff and citizens.
As the top appointed official the District Manager is typically responsible for all of the day-to-day administrative operations of the District, in addition to other expectations.
If you have any questions/comments, your first point of contact should be the District Manager.

The District Attorney:

Coleman, Yovanovich & Koester
4001 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 300
Naples, Florida 34103

The District Engineer:

Waldrop Engineering
28100 Bonita Grande Drive, Suite 305
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135