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Thread: Taxes got you down?

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    We are in the middle of contesting our property taxes and I have a hearing with the county board tomorrow, so I was doing some research and wondering....what do you pay for your yearly property taxes?

    Im in central Illinois and they are $6100 a year....in a farm town of less than 900....too much!!!

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    Wow, how many acres do you have?

    You know you can go on the website for your county online and find out what others are paying for their property taxes.

    We live on less than 1 acre of land and less than $400.00 a year in Indiana, USA

    Karen

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    I also am in Indiana . Live in a neighborhood that is declining ( whatever that means) and I paid $421.00 last year :shock: I also am contesting them. According to the records I have the nicest house in the hood :roll: :thumbdown:

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    How does this $ 6100.00 compare to last year? And do you have any acreage? Seems kind of excessive to me. We have an acre of land that's not developed, taxes are 560.00 a yr. and our house sits on an acre with taxes at 1200.00 a yr. Of course we don't have a sales tax, so they gouge us other ways.

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    I think Illinois is a high property tax state. Our DS and DDIL lived there for 2 years and their prop taxes were very high compared to family in other states.

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    I fought ours one year and won because our house was not finished, and comparable houses that were done were assessed less. It was a lot of footwork, but if you are prepared, it can be done. That was upstate NY. When we moved to NC, it was just a matter of walking around with the assessor, and the whole upstairs of our huge Victorian farmhouse was taken off the square footage because it was not ducted for air conditioning. My giant barn was taken off because it did not have a cement floor or foundation. The smoke house was taken off because the supporting piers needed repointing. A lot is in the location and what other places in your area are like.

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    I have 60 acres in north central Nevada and the taxes for it are $26 a year. My property in middle TN is 98 acres with a 4200sqft home on it is $1800 a year, its listed as a farm but there is only about 5 acres that is flat enough to farm the rest is hills and ridges. And the home that I live in all the time they set me back $4800 a year but I am on a full acre and I have a nice 3000 sqft home in a good area.

    Everything I own is paid for so I have to write the checks for the taxes each year and I really do not like it at all but what can you do?

    I am however going to get the taxes lowered on my property in middle TN by half by going to a land management plan for my timber thats on it. They have been strip cutting the timber out of the area since the unemployment rate shot through the roof so the state wants to try and to keep the land management at bay. And since its listed as a farm (LOL) I can get a pay check from the state not to farm the acreage that I could not farm if i had too.

    I am fixing to move up to the middle TN property this summer after my daughter graduates and gets ready to go to LSU and I am going to sell this house to my little sister. At least then I can save a few dollars on taxes but I have to build a shop so I can do my paint and bodywork so there goes some more money I dont want to spend. But I will be in the most beautiful area and I do not have to worry about crime and the hustle and bustle of the big city!!

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    Ours were 8,000 on a 1900 sq ft house. But since property values have gone down our taxes this year dropped by 3,000.

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    Ok, so I now have some places on my list as to where NOT to live!

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    In central IL in a town of 4000 withing the city limits, we are paying $2780/year. My husband is protesting it because the valuation on our house is set at $125,000 for tax purposes. There has been no comparable house sold in this town in over two years that brought more than $100,000. When we had the house for sale for six months 4 years ago, the best offere we had was $90,000.

    If you go to the court house and look up the taxes of all the city employee and commissioners, it is odd to see that even though 2 have brand new houses that are bigger than ours, their tax value is less. Makes a person wonder.

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    My taxes went from ~$5100 in 2002 when I bought the house to about $6100 this year. The bank and I own my Cape Cod style house of about 1100 sq ft, sitting on 1/4 acre. We have no property tax in NH so its the major source of income for the State. The big debate here is whether to buy in Tax'achusetts where they have real estate, sales, & income tax, or buy in NH where there's only the real estate tax. For me, it was a no brainer.

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    We have just under a half an acre here in NY with a 3 bedroom ranch home and our taxes are about $7200 a year (just one more reason I want OUT of NY!!) We also have sales tax and income tax and sleep tax and any other tax you can think of. One of the biggest irritations to me is I live in upstate NY and part of what I am taxed on goes to support NYC and their water distribution! And now they have increased the fee for me to register my vehicle so I can help support the MTA (metro-transit authority) for all of the people who commute by train. Like $35 round trip per day is not enough for them when the people are standing for a 2 hour train ride!! GRRRR!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella
    We have just under a half an acre here in NY with a 3 bedroom ranch home and our taxes are about $7200 a year.
    April
    Doink! :shock: :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maksi
    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella
    We have just under a half an acre here in NY with a 3 bedroom ranch home and our taxes are about $7200 a year.
    April
    Doink! :shock: :shock:
    Yes exactly! I must say the 7200 is land and school tax combined. If I broke it down the land tax is about 3400 and the school about 3800 :-(
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    When I quilt the corporate world I sold our 1M dollar home and bought and restored the house that I am in now. You do not even want to know what kind of taxes I was paying for that one!! :lol: Plus I was tired of living in a zero lot line house and having my neighbors literally on top of me.

    After buying this house and adding on to the home, plus building a 3 car garage in the backyard so I can work in, I still have under what the house was appraised for when I bought it so I am not complaining too much.

    But we have had so much in fill in this area, the county is going to reappraise the homes in this zip code and a few others. There are only a few homes like mine left standing here and the rest are 6000 to 8000 sqft homes. And to be honest with you our houses are starting to look like little nooks compared to the neighbors, but I love my little nook!!! :lol:

    The last house that sold down my street sold for almost 2M! I do not even want to think what my taxes are going to jump to when they come in this spring and rethink everything. That is the other reason I am moving out to the country!!

    But like I said I will make stupid money on this house when I sell it just because everyone is wanting to move in this area and with the huge corner lot (a full acre), they can build a monster here and still have a lot of yard to cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella
    Like $35 round trip per day is not enough for them when the people are standing for a 2 hour train ride!! GRRRR!
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    $35 a day to commute!?!?! Holy cheese crackers! Of course, we don't have public transportation (not even a taxi cab), but it was my understanding that it was supposed to be economical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella
    Like $35 round trip per day is not enough for them when the people are standing for a 2 hour train ride!! GRRRR!
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    $35 a day to commute!?!?! Holy cheese crackers! Of course, we don't have public transportation (not even a taxi cab), but it was my understanding that it was supposed to be economical.
    You have to look at the average wages that they make in NY, I was reading in Newsweek that the average wage for a person living in Harlem was 50,000 a year. A friend of mine lives up there and he is a Union Worker and makes over $40 an hour. The cost of living is through the roof like it is in California where a tiny home in SoCal will set you back $500K and your in the hood.

    Billy

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    We have 3 acres with hardwood, large running creek, 3000 sq.ft home and our property taxes are under $1200 a year. We are outside the city but in the city limits. I use to be $600 a year but then the huge McMansions started being built all around us.

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    I pay $60.00 a year for garbage collection and $30.00 for fire protection fee. We have our own sewer and water system...
    and 2 acres of land.

    But then again, this is Canada...

    I was reading another thread about the monstrous prices of medical in the U.S... Don't know what that is either!

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    Acreage....we live on 1/2 acre...and we built our own house three years ago...its 1700 sq ft with 3 car garage...nothing fancy...the first year it was $5058, second $5400 and this year they want $6100...saying our house is worth 245,000 when the only house comparable to ours in this hood has been listed for 18 months now at 249,000 with no bites...so Im really hoping to get it back down. My inlaws a couple towns over have a full acre 2100 sq foot and only pay 3300 a year...same county...makes me sick...hopefully this works leaving here in 10!!

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    Wow! This kind of info is always interesting to me. I live in the Minneapolis Metro area, and we have a 2200sf house. On about 1/4 acre I guess. It is in town with neighbors on all sides. We pay about $2600 in taxes. Not bad, but not great either. Unfortunately, this area has been really hard hit with forclosures, like 4 of the 6 houses around us were foreclosed on, so our value is down the tubes. I would guess that if I were to appeal the taxes, we could probably get them lowered considering the prices houses are going for around here.

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    We have a good sized house (2300 sq. ft.) on a lot that you could spit across and our tax bill this year is $2200. Not nearly as much as a lot of you pay, but a lot for our little echonomicaly(sp) depressed town. Wisconsin has horrible tax rates and going higher all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella
    Like $35 round trip per day is not enough for them when the people are standing for a 2 hour train ride!! GRRRR!
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    $35 a day to commute!?!?! Holy cheese crackers! Of course, we don't have public transportation (not even a taxi cab), but it was my understanding that it was supposed to be economical.
    You have to look at the average wages that they make in NY, I was reading in Newsweek that the average wage for a person living in Harlem was 50,000 a year. A friend of mine lives up there and he is a Union Worker and makes over $40 an hour. The cost of living is through the roof like it is in California where a tiny home in SoCal will set you back $500K and your in the hood.

    Billy
    Like Billy said the cost of living here is through the roof but I am in upstate NY not "the hood" so my home was only $200,000 versus the $500 (although if you ask me it wasn't worth 80K as it is just a 3bedroom ranch style home) :-)
    If you get a commuter monthly pass it is something to the effect of about $500 for the month....always something here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamagus

    I was reading another thread about the monstrous prices of medical in the U.S... Don't know what that is either!
    Medical here is high but we have great coverage. I have never had problems with having any kind of medical testing or cancer screenings or anything. My employer pays 92.5% of my families medical benefits and I pay the other 7.5%. The cost of the insurance per month for a family right now is $1300.00. My copay is $15 for normal doctor and $25 for a specialist. I also have higher copays for the ER and for surgical procedures but in my eyes definetly better than not having it.
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    BACK AND HAPPY TO REPORT!!

    They lowered them....by almost a grand...Im actually paying less than I did two years ago!!! Wahoo more quilting moolah for me :)

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