Preserving The Character Of Your Community
The Light Farms Homeowners' Association takes a proactive approach in providing community oversight and guidance resulting in a harmonious neighborhood.
Access To All Amenities
All resort-style pools, fitness center, sport courts, hike & bike trails, on-site campgrounds, dog park, greenbelts, playgrounds, parks.
Front Yard Maintenance
Front yard maintenance includes 40 visits per year, 8 weed & trims per year, and 3 chemical applications a year from Gold Landscaping.
200+ resident events hosted per year including concerts, movies in the park, farmers markets, seasonal festivals, pool parties and more!
Common Area Maintenance
We maintain the community pools, parks and landscaping to ensure the community always looks nice!
How are HOA Dues Calculated?
HOA dues differ slightly based on the landscaping costs for different sized lots.
For example, because it costs Gold Landscaping a few dollars more to mow a larger lot, that increased cost is accounted for in the assessments as a direct pass through. All other aspects of the assessments are the same regardless of lot size. The breakdown of assessments for each lot size are included below:
$1,585 a year
The average American spends 65 hour a year mowing their front lawn. Because front yard maintenance is included in your dues, you get that time back plus estimated savings of $1,500 a year
$600+ a year
The onsite, state of the art fitness center, tennis courts, and four pools are included in your dues – so you can get your workout on without driving to the gym
WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED
HOA dues save you both time and money
Thank you for your interest in Light Farms.
We know purchasing a home is an important decision, and want to give home buyers all of the tools necessary to make an informed decision (and eventually become happy Light Farms residents). Here is some additional information for your convenience.
Water & Sewage
The average water usage per household should be between 10k-12k gallons per month if watering properly, resulting in an average bill between $175-$200 per month including garbage, recycling, etc. In this scenario, the premium for water in the ETJ will equate to around
$30-$35 per month. After working through many different scenarios, the premium on the water portion for the City rate will remain in tact. However if your monthly bills fall out of this range, please contact us and we will look into your individual situation.
The annual property tax bill from the MUD replaces a City tax. The MUD tax is necessary to pay for its bonded indebtedness, general maintenance and operating expenses. MUD rates vary (and generally decline) over time as the MUD’s operating and debt service costs are
shared by more homeowners. The current MUD rate at Light Farms is $1.05 per $100 of the assessed property value. Once the indebtedness is retired, the MUD will likely dissolve and Light Farms will become part of the City of Celina.
Combined 2017 Tax Rate
*For Light Farms residents
This Rate Includes:
Municipal Utility District
Light Farms is located in a Municipal Utility District (“MUD”), a special governmental entity created by the State of Texas. The annual property tax bill from the MUD replaces a City tax. The main functions of the MUD are to provide and maintain roads along with providing water, sewer, and drainage facilities within its boundaries. Republic Property Group, the developer of Light Farms, utilizes the MUD to extend miles of off-site water and sewer utilities and other major infrastructure for the community. Due to cost of creating a high-quality community, Light Farms would not be possible without the MUD.
The MUD tax is necessary to pay for its bonded indebtedness, general maintenance and operating expenses. It is tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. MUD rates vary (and generally decline) over time as the MUD’s operating and debt service costs are shared by more homeowners. The current MUD rate at Light Farms is $1.05 per $100 of the assessed property value. Once the indebtedness is retired, the MUD will likely be dissolved and Light Farms will become part of the City of Celina.
Key Features Of A MUD
- MUD Board members own property in the MUD subject to taxation and are elected by the voters in the MUD.
- MUD property tax is deductible on federal income tax, unlike assessments in other types of public financing districts
Extra Territorial Jurisdiction
Light Farms is located in the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (“ETJ”) of Celina, Texas. The ETJ enables the City to extend regulations to adjacent land where development can affect quality of life within the city.
ETJ regulations also help to ensure that subdivisions that may be annexed by Celina in the future meet certain minimum development standards. No City taxes are collected in an ETJ. Services such as public safety, road maintenance, and parks are provided by the County or special districts.