Mello-Roos is a tax named after two California legislators who found a way around the landmark, tax-limiting Proposition 13.

The tax allowed local governments to generate revenue to pay for projects such as schools, roads and parks in new neighborhoods.

Typically, housing developers create Mello-Roos districts, which can then issue debt and collect taxes. The tax amounts vary wildly from district to district and even house to house.

BRANDON QUESTER

Brandon Quester is the former director of data and visuals at inewsource. He worked on data analysis, interactives and graphics for our Mello-Roos coverage.

LEONARDO CASTAÑEDA

Leonardo Castañeda is a former reporter at inewsource. He worked on data analysis and reporting for our Mello-Roos coverage.

JOANNE FARYON

Joanne Faryon is a former investigative reporter at inewsource. She worked on the reporting for our Mello-Roos coverage.

KEVIN CROWE

Kevin Crowe is a former data reporter at inewsource. He did data analysis, interactives and graphics for our Mello-Roos coverage.

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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. […]

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