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Double Branch CDD

 

What is the Double Branch Community Development District?
The Double Branch Community Development District, which encompasses approximately 1,204 acres, is a special purpose government created and governed by Chapter 190, Florida Statutes. The District was established on July 3, 2002 by the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission.
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Who governs the Double Branch Community Development District?
The District is governed by a five member Board of Supervisors elected initially by District landowners on a one acre/one vote basis. No sooner than the sixth year following establishment, and not before there are at least 250 qualified electors in the District, Supervisors will begin to be elected by the District’s qualified electors. A qualified elector is a resident of the District and the State of Florida who is registered to vote in Clay County, Florida.
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How will the Double Branch Community Development District be managed?
The Board of Supervisors has selected an independent manager to run the day-to-day operations of the District. In addition, the District has its own legal counsel, District engineer, and financial advisor.
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What is the function of the Double Branch Community Development District?
The District was created to plan, finance, construct, acquire, operate, and maintain various public improvements and community facilities. These will include certain recreational amenities, road improvements, storm/water management and drainage systems, open space and wetland preservation areas, landscape medians and buffer areas, entry and identification monuments, street lights and common areas.
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What services are not covered by the Double Branch Community Development District?
While the District has provided many of the roads within its boundaries, Clay County is expected to own and maintain most of the roads in the community. The District will retain enhanced maintenance responsibilities for roads, landscaping, entrances
and common areas, as well as certain other improvements. There is a Homeowners Association which will handle architectural review and other duties outside of the scope of the District’s responsibilities.

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Are there other Community Development Districts in Florida?
Yes. There are currently over one hundred active Community Development Districts, with over 1,000 other special purpose Districts serving specific local communities in the State of Florida. Some projects with Community Development Districts that you may be familiar with include:
• Celebration, Orlando
• St. Johns Golf & Country Club, St. Johns County
• Julington Creek Plantation, St. Johns County
• Eagle Harbor, Orange Park
• Fleming Island Plantation, Orange Park

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Do I pay more taxes or assessments if I live in a Community Development District?
Yes, in a sense, but your real estate taxes, including Community Development District assessments, will not be materially different than those of homeowners in similar amenitized communities in the area. Some of the maintenance and operation services by the Community Development District would be provided and assessed by Homeowner Associations in other communities. In addition to service charges and taxes which would be collected by the county, city or school board, notwithstanding the existence of the District, landowners will also pay non-ad valorem special assessments for the capital costs, operation and maintenance of District facilities and services. While not taxes, the District’s assessments will appear on your tax bill prepared annually by the Clay County Tax Collector’s office.
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What advantages are there to living in the Double Branch Community Development District?
There are many advantages to a Community Development District; four being especially noteworthy. First, the District provides landowners with consistently high levels of public facilities and services managed and financed through self-imposed fees and assessments. Second, the District helps ensure that community facilities and services will be completed as required by the Development of Regional Impact and Development Order imposed upon the property. Third, District landowners and, ultimately, electors choose the Board of Supervisors and through these representatives are able to determine the type, quality and expense of District facilities and services. Fourth, funds necessary to complete all infrastructure are held in trust for the sole purpose of completing District projects.
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How will my Double Branch Community Development District assessments be determined?
Based on current plans for the District, each property owner will pay an annual assessment to the District based on two component costs. One is the fixed amount required to amortize the debt for the facilities constructed by the District. Once all bond debt is retired, this component of the annual assessment will stop. The other is an annual assessment for District operations and maintenance of District facilities. This portion may fluctuate from year to year depending upon levels of service and negotiated maintenance contracts.
Each year, the District Board of Supervisors holds a public hearing to set its budget and the level of maintenance or operations assessments. In this way, District residents will know each year’s maintenance or operations assessment in advance.

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How will the Double Branch Community Development District pay for the improvements it will build?
The District has sold bonds to raise money for its capital program. These bonds will be paid off over time through assessments levied against the benefited property owners in the District. The interest paid to the bondholders will be exempt from federal income taxes, so the District will be able to pay a favorable rate of interest to its lenders. All landowners, including developers and builders, pay assessments on the property they own.
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How much are these assessments and when will they be determined?
Included in this brochure is a table listing the expected capital assessments which will retire the District’s outstanding bonds. These capital assessments are fixed and will be repaid over approximately 30-years. It is important to understand that there will also be an operating and maintenance assessment which will fund the ongoing administrative and maintenance activities of the District. The enclosed chart contains an estimate of the expected amount of this assessment.
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When do the assessments begin?
The maintenance assessments will begin as part of the 2004 tax bill (issued November 2003). Special assessments to begin amortizing the 2002 A Bond Issue will appear for the first time on the 2005 tax bill (issued November 2004).
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How do I find out more about the Double Branch Community Development District?
Copies of all minutes of District meeting, contract, permits, construction plans, annual operating budgets and other District records are on file for review. All meetings are advertised and are open to the public. If you would like to have more information about the District, please call Governmental Management Services: 288-9130.
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CDD Office
If you have questions regarding the Double Branch Community Development District, please contact the District Manager, Jim Perry.

Jim Perry
Governmental Management Services
475 West Town Place, Suite 114
St. Augustine, FL 32092 
Phone: 904-940-5850 
E-mail: jperry@govmgtsvc.com


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THE DOUBLE BRANCH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT IMPOSES AND LEVIES TAXES OR ASSESSMENTS, OR BOTH TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS, ON THIS PROPERTY. THESE TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS PAY THE CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE COSTS OF CERTAIN PUBLIC FACILITIES AND SERVICES OF THE DISTRICT AND ARE SET ANNUALLY BY THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE DISTRICT. THESE TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS ARE IN ADDITION TO COUNTY AND ALL OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS AND ALL OTHER TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS PROVIDED FOR BY LAW.

 

 

 

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