Here in Santa Clarita, we have areas that have Mello Roos and some areas that have a special bond tax for schools and firehouses, etc. It depends on the development that you are looking to buy in and whether the developer passed it on to the buyers. Some times the tax isn't too exorbitant, and other times it is downright CRAZY!! Just let your realtor know that you don't want Mello Roos, and they can filter your search appropriately. Also, they should be able to give you a link that you can go to and find out almost exactly what the taxes will be for that home, so you can go into any purchase with your eyes wide open. I hope this was helpful!