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.

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The series:

City of S.D. says checking Mello-Roos tax bills too costly

The city of San Diego’s audit committee has decided it would be too much work and too costly to reconcile the tax bills for people who pay special assessments called Mello-Roos. Instead, the committee recommends notifying people of potential errors in their bills. Mello-Roos taxes are special assessments added to property taxes in new developments. An audit, prompted by an ... Read More »

Poway school officials front costs with Mello-Roos taxes; vow to pay it back

Poway school officials front costs with Mello-Roos taxes; vow to pay it back

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 ... Read More »

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