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.
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
City of San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey calls for an independent audit of tax bills after an inewsource investigation finds more than two dozen discrepancies in Mello-Roos charges.read more
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.read more
There are currently 232 CFDs collecting taxes in San Diego County. inewsource was able to trace voting records to at least 120 of them. Of those, 113 had no registered voters when the request for voting information was made.read more
The mistakes came to light after we made public an interactive Mello-Roos map — a tool property owners can use to see what they pay in Mello-Roos taxes.read more
Find out whether you’re one of the thousands of property owners in San Diego County paying an extra tax called Mello-Roos.read more