AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A consulting firm is studying student population trends and projections and will recommend proposed attendance boundaries and suggest potential school sites. “It made more sense to wait until the study was done,” Riccio said. Mello-Roos districts allow developers to pass through to homeowners school-building fees rather than pay them before houses are built. By being in a Mello-Roos district, home builders can avoid paying Eastside’s development fee of $2.05 a square foot for each home – about $4,100 for an average-size new house of 2,000 square feet. The discussion has centered around whether it’s appropriate to have new residents pay for the construction of new schools, Riccio said. Some current residents have said that it is more fair to have newcomers pay for facilities, he said. LANCASTER – Eastside Union School District trustees have postponed until after the Nov. 8 election a decision on whether to create the district’s first special tax district for new housing tracts. The board wanted to give whoever wins Nov. 8 a chance to participate in discussions about forming a Mello-Roos community facilities district to help finance the construction of new schools. Five candidates are vying for three seats on the board. “We decided to wait until after the board election so that we can take the time that it takes to have a thorough discussion about the pros and cons of having new construction being governed by a community facilities district,” Superintendent Greg Riccio said. “It just seems the board that’s seated at the turn of the year should be the board that makes the decision.” The special tax districts are allowed to be formed under the Mello-Roos Act of 1982, named after the two state legislators who penned the law. It became law after 1978’s Proposition 13 capped property tax rates for Californians and diminished the ability of cities and districts to fund new roads, schools and infrastructure needed to support development. Developers are required to disclose the tax to home buyers, who sign a form indicating they were informed of the tax. The four-school district has nearly 2,900 pupils, up by more than 100 youngsters compared to last year. A fifth school, Columbia Elementary, is being built. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!