WHAT ARE THE TAXES WE PAY FOR HOME OWNERSHIP IN ANAVERDE?
We pay numerous taxes as homeowners. They are all listed on your property tax bill and they fall into three main categories: General Levy, Voted Indebtedness, and Direct Assessments.
Here is an example of a 2010 property tax bill here in Anaverde, with explanations following:
GENERAL LEVY TAX. This is your general property tax, which is currently 1% of the total value of your home (Land and Improvements). All homeowners in CA pay this tax.
VOTED INDEBTEDNESS. These are bonds that were voted on at a general or special election and the tax is generally a percentage of the total value of your home. The percentage amount of the tax is determined by the Measure that established the debt. These apply usually to a specific area or region. Right now these are school district and water district bonds. Measure WS, which is the Westside Union School District bond measure that was passed that will help build our school, would be an example of this sort of tax.
DIRECT ASSESSMENTS. These are local/county taxes that are regulated by various city, county, and state ordinances and are increased by council resolutions after public hearings and according to the ordinances that established them. Most of these assessments are made on specific geographic areas, generally grouped into districts. They are also specific, set amounts, not based on property values. Our Mello Roos falls under this category, as a Community Financial District.
The assessements on this bill are:
Antelope MOSQ AB (Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control)
Water Standby 40 (LA County Water Standby Charge for District 40)
Palmdale Parks (Palmdale Zone A)
Palmdale DBA #1 (Palmdale Drainage Benefit Assessment #1)
Palmdale Sewer (Palmdale Sewer Collection Service Charge)
Palmdale LMCON1 (Palmdale Landscape District 97-1)
Palmdale SLMD #2 (Palmdale Streetlight Maintenance District #2)
San Dist #20 (LA County Sanitation District #20)
Palmdale CFD03-1 (Palmdale Community Financial District 03-1. This is our Mello Roos)
County Park Dist (County Park District)
Trauma/Emerg SRV (Emergency Services)
LA CO Fire Dept (Los Angeles County Fire Department)
So living in Anaverde you will have different voted indebtedness than someone living in East Palmdale or Lancaster. To use Measure WS as an example again, only those homeowners that live in the Westside Union School District will pay that tax. Since WUSD encompasses areas in both Lancaster and Palmdale, some homeowners in Lancaster will have that same tax as us but not any of the Palmdale assessments. The other school districts have bonds that are being paid by homeowners in their districts as well.
You will also have different direct assessments than someone living outside your zoned district area for the various agencies.
The only taxes we pay in Anaverde specifically that no one else pays is the Mello Roos. Full information about the mello roos, including exactly how much that tax is for each home in Anaverde, is listed on this website here (or by clicking on the Mello Roos button on the top left of this page and the home page).
The Palmdale City Council is set to hold a public hearing at the July 6, 2011 City council meeting to vote on a 2.27% annual property tax increase for the following direct assessments:
Palmdale Landscape District 97-1 ($1.67)
Palmdale Parks Assessment ($.49)
Palmdale Drainage Benefit Assessment ($.83)
Palmdale Streetlight Maintenance Assessment District 2 ($1.95)
The amounts in parentheses are the total annual increases per household. So they are voting to increase our property taxes by $4.94 annually.
Palmdale also charges us a Sewer Collection Service Charge that will probably have an increase that will most likely be voted on in July (it has been voted on in July in years past).
Also, at a public hearing on April 21, 2011, the LA County Sanitation District voted in increases from 2011 through 2014. The current assessment (2010 taxes) is $381 annually per household. That will increase to $429 in 2011, $477 in 2012, $525 in 2013 and $535 in 2014.
So this year (2011) our taxes will increase by $52.94 ($4.94 in city assessment increases and $48 from the LA county sanitation district), plus the potential increase from the Sewer Collection Service Charge.
You can read the city council resolutions and all the details of these increases at the following sites: