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Poway Schools Rely On Mello-Roos Tax Machine For Lunches, Signs And Old School Repairs

I'm afraid that it's going to take a formal lawsuit to really get to the bottom of all of these questions. I'm shocked that more taxpayers aren't outraged by these things.

A question to KPBS, do you think it will take a formal lawsuit against the District to get more answers and accountability on many of these important questions?

September 7, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Poway Schools Rely On Mello-Roos Tax Machine For Lunches, Signs And Old School Repairs

Also, there is NO reason there should be 200 bank accounts with Mello Roos funds. Someone needs to explain why there are 200 (TWO HUNDRED) separate bank accounts. This set up has the potential with a LOT of fraud and abuse with that many bank accounts.

The question to ask is who are all the people authorized to write checks on these 200 bank accounts??

Also, it sounds illegal to use Mello Roos funds for lunches and seminars. We really need clear transparency and we need oversight at a State level. It's clear that some people sound like they can use OUR Mello Roos funds for whatever they are in the mood for whether it is illegal or not.

Yes, PUSD schools are excellent. But that doesn't have anything to do with the fact that Mello Roos funds may be used illegally and not for their intended purposes.

I hope KPBS stays on this topic and holds these people spending OUR money accountable. We probably can't do anything for past possible malfeasance or misuse of funds but we can sure put a stop to future misuse of OUR funds.

September 4, 2013 at 8:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Poway Parents Want Answers About Their Mello-Roos-Funded Schools

I posted on several comment sections on this Mello Roos tax issue for KPBS. I've mentioned several times there needs to be more oversight, transparency and accountability for what Mello Roos funds can and can't be used for.

I do believe in the general importance of why Mello Roos funds need to be collected. However, I believe they have gotten beyond what their intended purpose was and this article shows at least in several cases that the funds are NOT being used for things essential to what they are being collected for.

It shouldn't be difficult to get a spreadsheet showing all funds collected and all funds paid out breaking down specifically where those funds are going and what it's being used for. Also, what entities/persons are authorized to write checks or spend money with our Mello Roos funds?

Is there a system of checks and balances? How many people need to sign off on it?

I had the good fortune that both my kids got in at Willow Grove. I do know people from the 55 person list that didn't get in and I think it's a travesty. Especially those that live a few blocks from the school. I don't think the selection process is all that fair. I've met some parents that live on the other side of I-56 that got in over some that live right in Santaluz or the immediate area.

Me personally don't have to worry about my kids for the next 5 years but I still feel for the parents that live in the area, have been paying Mello Roos taxes and have to send their kids to schools miles away.

But it's very disturbing to read about our Mello Roos funds being spent on things they were NOT intended for.

Also, I still haven't seen any articles that address the possibility that these Mello Roos taxes will be extended beyond their original pay off dates.

I agree with Powaymom about seeing what the policies and procedures are about the priority list. Last year when I inquired they actually told me that teacher's kids actually had priority over parents that lived in the area and pay taxes. This year they said that has changed however I know that there are many teachers that send their kids to Willow Grove that don't live in the PUSD designated district.

I don't think it's fair that they would be able to take up a spot vs. a taxpayer that lives in this area and paying Mello Roos taxes. So I think this needs to also be looked at in future years.

Also, if a kid got in to Willow Grove and doesn't live in the area it sounds like they are guaranteed to finish out at Willow Grove, which I do agree makes sense. However, one of the other criteria list is siblings. So I'm not sure if these kids that don't live in the immediate area automatically get their siblings get to go to Willow Grove. If so, that isn't fair if it's preventing a spot from a Mello Roos taxpayer.

I think parents that didn't get in should look at this for future years.

September 4, 2013 at 7:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Poway Schools Rely On Mello-Roos Tax Machine For Lunches, Signs And Old School Repairs

I posted on several comment sections on this Mello Roos tax issue for KPBS. I've mentioned several times there needs to be more oversight, transparency and accountability for what Mello Roos funds can and can't be used for.

I do believe in the general importance of why Mello Roos funds need to be collected. However, I believe they have gotten beyond what their intended purpose was and this article shows at least in several cases that the funds are NOT being used for things essential to what they are being collected for.

It shouldn't be difficult to get a spreadsheet showing all funds collected and all funds paid out breaking down specifically where those funds are going and what it's being used for. Also, what entities/persons are authorized to write checks or spend money with our Mello Roos funds?

Is there a system of checks and balances? How many people need to sign off on it?

I had the good fortune that both my kids got in at Willow Grove. I do know people from the 55 person list that didn't get in and I think it's a travesty. Especially those that live a few blocks from the school. I don't think the selection process is all that fair. I've met some parents that live on the other side of I-56 that got in over some that live right in Santaluz or the immediate area.

Me personally don't have to worry about my kids for the next 5 years but I still feel for the parents that live in the area, have been paying Mello Roos taxes and have to send their kids to schools miles away.

But it's very disturbing to read about our Mello Roos funds being spent on things they were NOT intended for.

Also, I still haven't seen any articles that address the possibility that these Mello Roos taxes will be extended beyond their original pay off dates.

September 4, 2013 at 7:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporters Ask Filner To Resign Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Now that he has admitted to this intolerable behavior I don't see the need for those that came forward to come forward.

As a father of a daughter, someone that has sisters as well as a wife. I wouldn't tolerate any male to sexually harass them and I doubt most reasonable people in society would allow it either. This boils down to basic common sense and decency. If the Mayor can't make common sense decision making on something like this there are most likely many other issues that followed the same path.

And the scary thing is it seems that this reprehensible behavior has been going on a very long time. This isn't something that should or can be tolerated.

July 11, 2013 at 5:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Filner Won't Resign; Apologizes, Says He Needs Help

Why do you need the accusers to come forward? He has already admitted to this deplorable behavior.

As a father of a daughter, someone that has sisters as well as a wife. I wouldn't tolerate any male to sexually harass them and I doubt most reasonable people in society would allow it either. This boils down to basic common sense and decency. If the Mayor can't make common sense decision making on something like this there are most likely many other issues that followed the same path.

And the scary thing is it seems that this reprehensible behavior has been going on a very long time. This isn't something that should or can be tolerated.

July 11, 2013 at 4:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supporters Ask Filner To Resign Over Sexual Harassment Claims

I agree with those that say that he is innocent until proven guilty. Whether I believe that they are probably true is besides the point.

I didn't vote for Filner and I do find much of his behavior as totally erratic over the past 6 months. But I don't think that everything he has done for San Diego has been bad either.

One of the biggest fears I had before was that he did indeed have the "I'm a Congressman and I can do anything I want" attitude as some of the campaign ads depicted. I did believe that about him.

And once he became Mayor I just believe that changed to, an 'I am Mayor and I can do whatever I want' type of attitude. Many of his actions over the past 6 months has been totally problematic and combative.

I know that there are Filner supporters out there that say things like "we need this take no BS type attitude to change the City". My philosophy is that at the very least we need a Mayor that will respect the law and act ethically. The fact that other previous Mayors might not have acted legally and ethically at all times doesn't change the fact that this mayor SHOULD.

The Sunroad incident was fairly obvious, IMHO, that he knew about it. It was clearly wrong and unethical and that is why the money was returned. The guy has his own insiders resigning over his actions and behavior.

Even the biggest Filner fan has to agree that many of these actions are simply wrong. As to this latest revelation about the sexual harassment claims. I do agree that the people that actually accused him need to file a formal complaint. While I respect their privacy, when someone's reputation and livelihood is at stake then it's essential. Especially if people they told are asking him to resign.

It seems to be a situation where people that formally supported him, want to quickly distance themselves from Mayor Filner as he has quickly become a liability instead of an ally. Some of these people probably have future political aspirations and as the old saying goes...you're known by the company that you keep.

While I don't doubt any harassment claims, it never seems like a good idea when law firms are involved asking the Mayor to resign. It comes across poorly because they are probably going to be involved in some sort of lawsuit against the Mayor and it could potentially involve financial gain. I don't know enough in this situation but it just doesn't come across well.

As far as Ms. Frye, that does seem disturbing as she formally supported him but again, it just seems to be a situation where people want to distance themselves from this 'ticking time bomb' that is Mayor Filner.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

July 11, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mello-Roos Law Allows Vote Of One To Decide On New Taxes

Thanks sdnewsreader. That was helpful. Do you know what these outside consultants get paid? And what their pay structure is like? Is it a set fee or is it a % of what they collect?

I get their fees will vary but what is the general formula of how they are getting paid? And does it change year to year or is it fixed?

Sure, I can appreciate there are only a handful of them out there. I can't imagine you'd need too many of these types of companies out there.

I still don't think it can be as complicated as you are making it sound. It doesn't matter if there are "10 to 20 steps 2-3 pages" of instructions. I mean, I could write a 10 to 20 step 3 page guide for my 3 year old to flush the toilet. LOL. What what I mean? It's all relative.

Because maybe when this started it was "very complex" but with the software out there these days I doubt that much of what they do can't be easily streamlined. (10-20 steps and all).

I'm not saying they are doing something wrong. Not at all. I am just curious how much they make and how they get paid. I don't care that there are only a limited number of companies out there.

Ultimately what John Doe taxpayer wants to know is are my tax obligations going to end when I was told they would end, is there any way my tax obligation can go down via refinancing and if so why hasn't it been done, where are our tax payments going and what is it being spent on and is there any oversight or accountability, and am I going to get screwed paying more taxes for longer than I was initially told????

I don't think those kinds of answers should be difficult for a taxpayer to get answered but unfortunately they are these days. So fortunately we have investigative reporters asking the tough questions.

I think moving forward taxpayers want to get answers to these questions. We already know we're stuck with CFD and we CHOSE to buy in a CFD area.... but we want to know about future debt obligations and where our money is being spent and is it being spent wisely?

June 20, 2013 at 2:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mello-Roos Law Allows Vote Of One To Decide On New Taxes

Thanks Tammy! I just voted. I think if people vote either yes or no it would be super helpful if they provided comments on where they live/development as well as which CFD taxes they pay.

That way the information will actually be super informative.

June 19, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Is the Mello-Roos Tax Worth It?

I live in Santaluz and I absolutely find the Mello-Roos taxes worth it to live in the area. The school we send our kids to (Willow Grove Elementary) is amazing and we couldn't be more pleased with the area.

The weather has to be absolutely the best in all of San Diego being just a few miles from the Coast. We avoid the marine layering of nearby Del Mar yet avoid the hot temperatures further inland.

We couldn't ask for a better community. For frame of reference, we pay CFD #4 (PUSD) and CFD #2 (Santaluz).

June 19, 2013 at 4:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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