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Do You Pay Extra Property Taxes? Mello-Roos: Who's Paying What (Video)

Homeowners are going to pay one way or another for the impact of new homes on infrastructure. Either the developer is going to pre-pay his fees and roll that into the cost of the new home or form a CFD, sell the home at a lower cost and then have the Mello-Roos sit on top of the new owner's property tax. Another way of looking at it is that Mello-Roos is long-term financing for developer fees that would otherwise be built into the new home price.

May 29, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State School Chief Says Unequal Funding Could Lead To Lawsuit

So excess tax districts earn $644M more than they'd get state-wide, but SD Unified's deficit alone is $114M according to the U-T. Somehow, I don't think redistributing the excess tax within the county from 8 small districts to the other 35 will make a dent in per-student funding in the large districts like SD Unified, Oceanside, Poway, Grossmont, Sweetwater, etc. The state's goal should be to raise per-student funding to the level that excess tax districts earn now, rather than taking away opportunities from families who chose to live in high-performing districts.

Also, because school districts first get their local property tax, and then the state makes up the rest of their funding limit, redistributing the local property tax would only benefit the state because they wouldn't have to pay as much in state aid to the other districts. This really sounds like a way to save the state money, not a way to make things equal or improve student achievement with additional funding.

June 9, 2011 at 8:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )