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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:

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

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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 »