Mello-Roos: The Property Tax You Choose
Mello-Roos is a tax named after two California legislators who found a way around the landmark, tax-limiting Proposition 13 to generate money for basic needs in new neighborhoods, especially schools.
Landowners, most often developers, created districts that could issue debt and collect taxes. For a lot of reasons, the tax amounts vary wildly from district to district and even house to house.
Published May 29, 2013
You can find out whether you pay Mello-Roos and whether your neighbor pays more or less by clicking on the interactive map. Be patient, the search function takes about 45 seconds to find a specific address.
Published June 12, 2013
inewsource discovered one home that particularly stood out, paying thousands more in Mello-Roos compared to its neighbors.
Published July 15, 2013
A San Diego councilman is asking for an independent audit of more than 300 property tax bills after an inewsource investigation raised the prospect that homeowners are paying too much — or too little — in special taxes.
The district is holding a lottery for families who want their children to attend this August, but it excludes homeowners who did not pay for the construction of the school through their Mello-Roos taxes.read more
The Poway Unified School Board faced some tough questions from parents at a meeting Tuesday night about how their Mello-Roos tax dollars are being spent.read more
A group of Poway Unified School District parents is petitioning the school board because their kids won’t be allowed to attend a brand new school that’s less than a 20-minute walk from their homes. At issue is whether those parents paid for the construction of the new school.read more
AmeriCare’s bid came as a surprise earlier this month. The company had shown interest in buying the land in 2011, but was not aware it was officially up for bid until recently.read more
A developer gave land to the Poway School District in 1984 so it could build a school. Looks like that’s not happening.read more
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of the story stated school districts could use profits from selling surplus land until next year. The state has extended that date to 2016. by Joanne Faryon and Brooke Williams | inewsource Officials at one of the county’s most respected school districts promised to pay back its Mello-Roos accounts after inewsource found it was spending the special tax dollars to pay a consultant to help sell land it owns outside the Mello-Roos area. The consultant has been billing the Poway Unified School District $150...read more
The online tool is expected to be live by the end of the week and will be found at the school district’s website, Powayusd.com.read more
The Poway Unified School District spends special property taxes called Mello-Roos on everything from catered lunches, to consultant fees, to a new administration building.read more
The Poway Unified School District conceded Wednesday some homeowners in its district are being taxed incorrectly after an inewsource investigation first uncovered the problem.read more
Another homeowner has been overcharged on his Mello-Roos tax bill – this time in the Poway Unified School District.read more