In 1982, Senator Henry Mello and Assemblyman Mike Roos each drafted bills to help local governments fund infrastructure such as schools, parks, sewers, utilities, sidewalks, roads etc. To make a long story short, bonds are created and secured by long-term taxes and when a property is sold, the new homeowner is required to pay the special tax. Although we don’t like to pay any “extra” taxes, Mello Roos does help the community grow and provide the needed infrastructure for us to be comfortable and live in a well-kept city. This is the short version, for those who want to know more, there are many sites out there with more information about the CFDs (Community Facilities District) and other aspects of Mello Roos. If you want to know the amount of Mello Roos on a certain property your real estate professional should be able to get you exact numbers.