Over the past three decades, the Sweetwater Union High School District has used at least $46 million in special taxes paid by property owners in the Eastlake neighborhood to fund projects in other parts of Chula Vista.
Five years after the Sweetwater Union High School District board spent $4.5 million to put iPads in the hands of seventh graders, nearly all of the Apple tablets are classified as out of inventory, lost or stolen.
The Mello-Roos map is the culmination of months of data mining, cleaning and analysis, followed by equally ambitious application development so San Diego County residents can find the specialized taxes they pay.
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.
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.
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.
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.