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

I believe strongly that all kids deserve a decent chance at a good education. However, with that being said I also believe that we need to have a fair taxation system. Our general taxes are for the whole community. Mello-Roos are something we choose to take on to get a good infrastructure for our specific area and it is a lot to take on ($7,000 a year for my family) That money should be ring fenced for the Mello-Roos district. If there is excess why not use it to pay off the bond sooner or have a rainy day fund. One thing in the interviews that I took great offence to was the fact that as a payer of Mello-Roos I am blindly happy to pay the tax because I have a good schools system (I believe the Superintendant made this point). This was an extremely arrogant comment. The reason more homeowners don't complain is that they don't know all that is going on with their tax money. If the schoold system is SO WELL FUNDED why do we as parents constantly get harrased for extra fundraising. However, homeowners are also to blame. They should be putting more pressure on their local government to account for the spending decisions being made. I am sure many people are extremely angry and frustrated by what this report has uncovered, but will anything get done about it. Are there any local politicians that will look into this, or is it not sexy enough to win votes - I would argue it is. Sadly I doubt it.

August 21, 2013 at 12:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

Hi Joanne, very nice article. As a resident of Del Sur I don't have a huge problem paying the extra tax to pay for the excellent schools we have in our community, after all we all knew what we were getting into. What I am less comfortable about is the quality of the infrastructure that is being constructed by the developer. We pay a lot yet after only a few years the road are falling apart that were only just laid and I assume (correct me if I am wrong) that the local San Diego authority has to then repair them. Do you know what checks are made by the local authority to make sure the developer is actually doing a quality job. I feel that a lot of our non-Mello-Roos tax money could be saved down the road if the local government just enforced a higher quality of building standard (something that would cost very little to enforce).

June 18, 2013 at 4:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )