Community Facilities Districts

A Community Facilities District (CFD) is a special tax district provided in State Law that funds public improvements and on-going services within an identified area.  Parks, streets, sewer improvements, and public safety services are some of the public improvements and services that may be financed by a CFD.


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History of Community Facilities District

In 1978, Proposition 13 was enacted by Californians, which limited the ability of many public agencies to finance new projects by limiting the tax rate on real estate to 1%, changing the value on property to their 1975 value and limiting the annual increase in value to 2% (except for a change in ownership). General Obligation Bond passage cannot fill the funding gap. Although General Obligation Bonds continued to be passed at the State and local levels, the need for funding could not be filled by this source of funds as Californians began to ask for new growth to pay for itself. In 1982, Senator Henry Mello and Assemblyman Mike Roos spearheaded the passage of the “Mello-Roos Community Facilities District Act of 1982.” This Act authorized local governments and developers to create Community Facilities Districts (CFDs) for the purpose of selling taxexempt bonds to fund public improvements and collect revenues to pay for public improvements. Also authorized is the collection of revenue to fund services and maintenance.


Establishing a Community Facilitates District

EDA’s Community and Cultural Services Division establishes Community Facilities Districts (CFDs) utilizing Government Code 53311-53368-3 for maintenance of facilities and services. 

Requirements of creating a CFD include, but not limited to: Application (click here), Petition, Resolution of Intention including Rate and Method of Apportionment and Boundary Map, Resolution of Formation, Public Hearing, majority protest process, and recordation of Notice of Special Tax. Prior to the formation of a CFD, it must be approved by a two-thirds margin of the qualified voters within the proposed district boundaries.  If there are fewer than 12 registered voters within the proposed boundaries, the vote may pass by the current landowners. 

If you are interested in establishing a CFD, please submit a Special District Application and return to:  Riverside County Economic Development Agency, CCSD, Special District, Leni Zarate, lzarate@rivco.org at 3404 10th Street, Ste. 400, Riverside, CA 92501.


Sequence of Events

With a registered voter CFD, or a landowner vote with 100% of the sign waivers of the election processes, it is possible to complete the election with 6 months. 1-3 must to Resolution of Intention and 3 additional months to Resolution of Formation and ballot protest.

Every project is different and may contain circumstances that change the sequence of events for formation of a Community Facilities District.  With that disclaimer in mind, consider that the key step in the timing of any Mello-Roos proceedings is producing all required documents during the application process.  The time to get necessary information can take anywhere from a few days to a few years.

Click here for the sequence of events for CFDs.


Current Projects

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CFD 2016-1M TR 36390 (CITRUS HEIGHTS)

Term:  The Special Tax shall be levied annually in perpetuity unless terminated earlier by the County.

Finances:  Costs associated with: Maintenance services for street lights maintenance including energy charges, operation, maintenance, and administrative costs of streetlights, landscape maintenance, including streetscape (County rights-of-way) areas specifically identified within the CFD and the landscape maintenance which may include, but is not limited to, all landscaping materials such as, ground cover, shrub, trees, plants, irrigation, trash removal, weed control, water costs, and other abatement's, electricity, repair/replacement and inspection.

The Notice of Special Tax: The annual levy is $396.80 per Single Family Property for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 however, commencing July 1, 2017, this amount shall be increased annually based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index with a maximum annual increase of six percent (6%) and a minimum annual increase of two percent (2%). The Notice of Special Tax Lien has been recorded for the above referenced project. Recording information is as follows: 8/1/16 Document # 2016-165.

Tract: 36390


CFD 2017-1M (CONESTOGA)

Term: The Special Tax shall be levied annually in perpetuity unless terminated earlier by the County.

Finances: Costs associated with (i) Maintenance, administration and inspection of the stormwater facilities and BMPs including water quality basins, fossil filters, basin forebays, and any other NPDES/WQMP/BMP related devices as approved by the CFD. The maintenance may include, but is not limited to drainage systems, weed control and other abatement's, repair/replacement and inspection. Inspection is inclusive of scheduling, travel time, visual inspection process and procedures, GPS location recording, reporting by device, annual reporting, visual inspection for functionality, vegetated as designed, irrigation is complete and in working order, noting any of the following: any deficiencies, erosion, trash, silt, sediment, structural deficiencies. Maintenance is inclusive of repair or replacing any of the items noted as deficient or needing to be corrected to not be deficient. Administration is inclusive of quality assurance and control of inspection and maintenance, general contract administration, including phone calls and procurement of goods and services (ii) Traffic signals maintenance including energy charges, operation, maintenance, and administrative costs of traffic signals within the CFD (iii) Monument maintenance and administration that may include but is not limited to landscaping materials, lighting, electricity, repair/replacement and inspection, and removal of graffiti on monuments.

The Notice of Special Tax: The annual levy is $250 per Single Family Property for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 however, commencing July 1, 2018, this amount shall be increased annually based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index with a maximum annual increase of six percent (6%) and a minimum annual increase of two percent (2%). The Notice of Special Tax Lien has been recorded for the above referenced project.  Recording information is as follows:  4/19/17 Document # 2017-0156730.

Tracts 30322 & 31632


CFD 2017-2M (Bella Vista II)

Term: The Special Tax shall be levied annually in perpetuity unless terminated earlier by the County.

Finances: Costs associated with (i) Maintenance, administration and inspection of the stormwater facilities and BMPs including water quality basins, fossil filters, basin forebays, and any other NPDES/WQMP/BMP related devices as approved by the CFD. The maintenance may include, but is not limited to drainage systems, weed control and other abatement's, repair/replacement and inspection. Inspection is inclusive of scheduling, travel time, visual inspection process and procedures, GPS location recording, reporting by device, annual reporting, visual inspection for functionality, vegetated as designed, irrigation is complete and in working order, noting any of the following: any deficiencies, erosion, trash, silt, sediment, structural deficiencies. Maintenance is inclusive of repair or replacing any of the items noted as deficient or needing to be corrected to not be deficient. Administration is inclusive of quality assurance and control of inspection and maintenance, general contract administration, including phone calls and procurement of goods and services (ii) Traffic signals maintenance including energy charges, operation, maintenance, and administrative costs of traffic signals within the CFD (iii) Monument maintenance and administration that may include but is not limited to landscaping materials, lighting, electricity, repair/replacement and inspection, and removal of graffiti on monuments.

The Notice of Special Tax: The annual levy is $2,981 per Single Family Property for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 however, commencing July 1, 2018, this amount shall be increased annually based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index with a maximum annual increase of six percent (6%) and a minimum annual increase of two percent (2%). The Notice of Special Tax Lien has been recorded for the above referenced project.  Recording information is as follows:  4/19/17 Document # 2017-0156731.

Tract 36894


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CFD 2017-3M TR 36536 (Tierra Del Rey)

Term: The Special Tax shall be levied annually in perpetuity unless terminated earlier by the County.

Finances: Cost associated with: (i) Maintenance, administration and inspection of the stormwater facilities and BMPs including water quality basins, fossil filters, basin forebays, and any other NPDES/WQMP/BMP related devices as approved by the CFD. The maintenance may include, but is not limited to drainage systems, weed control and other abatement’s, repair/replacement and inspection. Inspection is inclusive of scheduling, travel time, visual inspection process and procedures, GPS location recording, reporting by device, annual reporting, visual inspection for functionality, vegetated as designed, irrigation is complete and in working order, noting any of the following: any deficiencies, erosion, trash, silt, sediment, structural deficiencies. Maintenance is inclusive of repair or replacing any of the items noted as deficient or needing to be corrected to not be deficient. Administration is inclusive of quality assurance and control of inspection and maintenance, general contract administration, including phone calls and procurement of goods and services (ii) Street lighting maintenance including energy charges, operation, maintenance, and administrative costs of street lighting located within the surrounding area of the CFD (iii) Landscaping improvements that may include, but not limited to all landscaping material and facilities within the CFD.  These improvements include turf, ground cover, shrubs, trees, plants, irrigation and drainage systems, ornamental lighting masonry walls or other fencing within the CFD was conditioned to maintain.

The Notice of Special Tax: The annual levy is $1,561 per Single Family Property for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 however, commencing July 1, 2018, this amount shall be increased annually based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index with a maximum annual increase of six percent (6%) and a minimum annual increase of two percent (2%). The Notice of Special Tax Lien has been recorded for the above referenced project.  Recording information is as follows:  7/17/17 Document # 2017-0290487.

Tract: 36536


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CFD 2017-4M (Promontory)

Term: The Special Tax shall be levied annually in perpetuity unless terminated earlier by the County.

Finances: Costs associated with (i) Maintenance, administration and inspection of the stormwater facilities and BMPs including water quality basins, fossil filters, basin forebays, and any other NPDES/WQMP/BMP related devices as approved by the CFD. The maintenance may include, but is not limited to drainage systems, weed control and other abatement’s, repair/replacement and inspection. Inspection is inclusive of scheduling, travel time, visual inspection process and procedures, GPS location recording, reporting by device, annual reporting, visual inspection for functionality, vegetated as designed, irrigation is complete and in working order, noting any of the following: any deficiencies, erosion, trash, silt, sediment, structural deficiencies. Maintenance is inclusive of repair or replacing any of the items noted as deficient or needing to be corrected to not be deficient. Administration is inclusive of quality assurance and control of inspection and maintenance, general contract administration, including phone calls and procurement of goods and services (ii) Street lighting maintenance including energy charges, operation, maintenance, and administrative costs of street lighting located within the surrounding area of the CFD (iii) Landscaping improvements that may include, but not limited to all landscaping material and facilities within the CFD.  These improvements include turf, ground cover, shrubs, trees, plants, irrigation and drainage systems, ornamental lighting masonry walls or other fencing within the CFD was conditioned to maintain.

The Notice of Special Tax: The annual levy is $390 per Single Family Property for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 however, commencing July 1, 2019, this amount shall be increased annually based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index with a maximum annual increase of six percent (6%) and a minimum annual increase of two percent (2%). The Notice of Special Tax Lien has been recorded for the above referenced project.  Recording information is as follows: 9/7/17 Document # 2017-0372565.

Tract: 36546


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CFD 2017-5M (French Valley South)

Term: The Special Tax shall be levied annually in perpetuity unless terminated earlier by the County.

Finances: Costs associated with (i) Maintenance, administration and inspection of the stormwater facilities and BMPs including water quality basins, fossil filters, basin forebays, and any other NPDES/WQMP/BMP related devices as approved by the CFD. The maintenance may include, but is not limited to drainage systems, weed control and other abatements, repair/replacement and inspection. Inspection is inclusive of scheduling, travel time, visual inspection process and procedures, GPS location recording, reporting by device, annual reporting, visual inspection for functionality, vegetated as designed, irrigation is complete and in working order, noting any of the following: any deficiencies, erosion, trash, silt, sediment, structural deficiencies. Maintenance is inclusive of repair or replacing any of the items noted as eficient or needing to be corrected to not be deficient. Administration is inclusive of quality assurance and control of inspection and maintenance, general contract administration, including phone calls and procurement of goods and services (ii) Street lighting maintenance including energy charges, operation, maintenance, and administrative costs of street lighting located within the surrounding area of the CFD (iii) Landscaping improvements that may include, but not limited to all landscaping material and facilities within the CFD.  These improvements include turf, ground cover, shrubs, trees, plants, irrigation and drainage systems, ornamental lighting masonry walls or other fencing within the CFD was conditioned to maintain.

The Notice of Special Tax: The annual levy is projected to be $444 per Single Family Property for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 however, commencing July 1, 2019, this amount shall be increased annually based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index with a maximum annual increase of six percent (6%) and a minimum annual increase of two percent (2%).  The Notice of Special Tax Lien has been recorded for the above referenced project.  Recording information is as follows: 11/3/17 Document # 2017-0462322.

Tract: 30837


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CFD 2017-6M (Amberley)

Term:  The Special Tax shall be levied annually in perpetuity unless terminated earlier by the County.

Finances:  Costs associated with: (i) Maintenance, administration and inspection of the stormwater facilities and BMPs including water quality basins, fossil filters, basin forebays, and any other NPDES/WQMP/BMP related devices as approved by the CFD. The maintenance may include, but is not limited to drainage systems, weed control and other abatement’s, repair/replacement and inspection. Inspection is inclusive of scheduling, travel time, visual inspection process and procedures, GPS location recording, reporting by device, annual reporting, visual inspection for functionality, vegetated as designed, irrigation is complete and in working order, noting any of the following: any deficiencies, erosion, trash, silt, sediment, structural deficiencies. Maintenance is inclusive of repair or replacing any of the items noted as deficient or needing to be corrected to not be deficient. Administration is inclusive of quality assurance and control of inspection and maintenance, general contract administration, including phone calls and procurement of goods and services (ii) Street lighting maintenance including energy charges, operation, maintenance, and administrative costs of street lighting located within the surrounding area of the CFD (iii) landscaping improvements that may include, but not limited to all landscaping material and facilities within the CFD.  These improvements include turf, ground cover, shrubs, trees, plants, irrigation and drainage systems, ornamental lighting masonry walls or other fencing.

The Notice of Special Tax: has not recorded.  The Resolution of Formation is scheduled for 3/6/18 by the Board of Supervisors.  The Proposed annual levy is projected to be $4,736 per Single Family Property for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 however, commencing July 1, 2019, this amount shall be increased annually based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index with a maximum annual increase of six percent (6%) and a minimum annual increase of two percent (2%).  Once the Notice of Special Tax Lien records, recordation information will be provided.

Tract: 31199


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CFD 2018-1M (TRAMONTE)

Term:  The Special Tax shall be levied annually in perpetuity unless terminated earlier by the County.

Finances:  Costs associated with: ( i) Administration, inspection, and maintenance of all stormwater facilities and BMPs to include: water quality basins, fossil filters, basin forebays, and all other NPDES/WQMP/BMP related devices and structures as approved and accepted by the CFD.  Administration includes, but is not limited to, quality control and assurance of inspections and maintenance, general contract management, scheduling of inspections and maintenance, and general oversight of all NPDES/WQMP/BMP operations.  Inspection includes, but is not limited to, travel time, visual inspection process and procedures for functionality, GPS location recording, assurance of proper vegetation, functioning irrigation, and citing any of the following: operational or structural deficiencies, erosion, trash, silt and sediment build-up. Maintenance includes, but is not limited to, repair or replacement of any deficiencies noted during inspection, weed control and abatement, trash removal, and healthy upkeep of required plant materials.  (ii) Street lighting includes energy charges, operation, maintenance, and administration of street lighting located within the designated boundaries of the CFD. (iii) Maintenance of landscaped improvements in the public right of way to include plant and tree material, irrigation systems, decomposed granite trail systems, graffiti abatement, and vinyl fence repair and replacement.

The Notice of Special Tax: The annual levy is $1.008 per Single Family Property for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 however, commencing July 1, 2019, this amount shall be increased annually based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index with a maximum annual increase of six percent (6%) and a minimum annual increase of two percent (2%). The Notice of Special Tax Lien has been recorded for the above referenced project.  Recording information is as follows:  8/13/18 Document # 2018-0324302.

Tract: 36475


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CFD 2018-2M (Golden Sunset)

Term:  The Special Tax shall be levied annually in perpetuity unless terminated earlier by the County.

Finances: costs associated with: (i) Administration, inspection, and maintenance of all stormwater facilities and BMPs to include: water quality basins, fossil filters, basin forebays, and all other NPDES/WQMP/BMP related devices and structures as approved and accepted by the CFD; administration includes, but is not limited to, quality control and assurance of inspections and maintenance, general contract management, scheduling of inspections and maintenance, and general oversight of all NPDES/WQMP/BMP operations; inspection includes, but is not limited to, travel time, visual inspection process and procedures for functionality, GPS location recording, assurance of proper vegetation, functioning irrigation, and citing operational or structural deficiencies, erosion, trash, silt and sediment build-up; and maintenance includes, but is not limited to, repair or replacement of any deficiencies noted during inspection, weed control and abatement, trash removal, and healthy upkeep of required plant materials.  (ii) Street lighting maintenance, which includes energy charges, operation, maintenance, and administration of street lighting located within the designated boundaries of the CFD. (iii) Maintenance of landscaped improvements in the public right of way to include plant and tree material, irrigation systems, decomposed granite trail systems, graffiti abatement, and fence repair and replacement.

The Notice of Special Tax: has not recorded.  The Resolution of Formation is scheduled for December 6, 2018 by the Board of Supervisors.  The Proposed annual levy is projected to be $652 per Single Family Property for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 however, commencing July 1, 2019, this amount shall be increased annually based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index with a maximum annual increase of six percent (6%) and a minimum annual increase of two percent (2%).  Once the Notice of Special Tax Lien records, recordation information will be provided.

Tract: 31632-1