Definition of Mello-Roos:

Orange County Cities Mello Roos:

This is a CA state assessment that goes toward developing the infrastructure in the surrounding community where a home is bought. Mello-Roos districts will sell public bonds to provide funds for public services and impose an assessment on residents to make principal and interest payments. Services include maintenance for streets, water, sewage, electricity, infrastructure, schools and parks. Mello-Roos is commonly imposed on new community infrastructure, like schools and roads.

When purchasing an Orange County home that has Mello Roos bonds, make sure to always investigate the basis for the tax, it’s duration and any potential for increase (yes, they can increase). Also, when applying for financing on a home, be aware that this will affect your qualifying ratios. It is important to note also that Mello-Roos assessments may or may not be tax deductable (a common misconception). You can find a properties exact Orange County Mello Roos tax here: Orange County Tax Collector, simply type in the property address you will find it in the Secured Property Tax Bill under SPL ASMT USER FEE.

Here are the cities in South Orange County where the communities have Mello-Roos tax assessments:

  • Aliso Viejo

  • Costa Mesa

  • Coto De Caza

  • Dana Point

  • Dove Canyon (all homes)

  • Laguna Hills

  • Laguna Niguel

  • Mission Viejo

  • Newport Beach

  • Ladera Ranch (all homes)

  • Newport Coast

  • Rancho Santa Margarita

  • San Clemente

  • San Juan Capistrano


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