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Old 12-15-2018, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I would have loved to stay in Austin but the prop taxes were no longer "doable". $1K here, $12K in Austin. That really makes a difference on a retirement income.
Yes. We’ve been here for over fifty years, so having to make that decision hasn’t been an easy one. My hat is off to younger generations who may be able to. I hope they always can. We could try, but it no longer makes sense for us.

 
Old 12-16-2018, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Austin TX
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This thread makes me laugh.

I’ve spent close to eleven years here reading some of you maligning transplants to Austin, lamenting how they’ve “ruined” Austin. And now, for the past few years, I’ve read reports from those of you who moved away, or are thinking of moving away, never approaching the subject of how your move amounts to you creating the same problem for other people somewhere else.

People are funny. And also a little oblivious.
 
Old 12-16-2018, 02:01 PM
 
Location: San Angelo, TX
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^^^ No. San Angelo does not have a tech boom. There's no battle for housing. Home and land values and property taxes have not gone up 1000% over the last twenty years. Strictly economics for those with fixed incomes...
 
Old 12-17-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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I have lived all of over . Austin is no different than any other place. Some will love it others will hate it for different reasons. Have prices and taxes changed yes. Traffic yes. There are alot of choices for medical care, shopping, weather is not bad. Its what your use to or comfortable with that makes Austin a wonderful place to live.
 
Old 12-17-2018, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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santa fe's median is a bit less than austin and the cost of living is less.

property tax is about .75%
income tax is about 5%
Santa Fe does have a winter but it's much better than the winter in Denver or CO Springs or KC or any East Coast city plus lots of sunshine year round.
 
Old 12-17-2018, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Natchitoches, LA: 15,000 people, home of Northwestern Louisiana State University, historic downtown is the oldest in the Louisiana purchase (older than New Orleans), Christmas festival attracts 100,000 people, inventor of the "meat pie", home to really great restaurants and plenty of land, very affordable. Mild (but humid) climate. Rated #1 small town in the South.

It ticks everything off your list.
 
Old 12-17-2018, 09:48 AM
 
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Austin IS low cost compared to most big cities and has most of the criteria you want, steve. We moved from NYC to Austin. Austin is much less expensive than NY. Austin has less traffic, nicer people, college classes for seniors for free at UT, an airport, great hospitals, outdoor activities, music, and no state income tax.

I guess it depends on where one comes from when considering costs and benefits.

The only thing I don't like about Austin is the voters recently elected a city council that is 70% uber-liberal and 100% liberal. Depending on their policies, we may be forced to rethink our move here.
More people do not make anything better. The problem is that your an invader, we were fine without you being here and would survive otherwise. The Government surely make out like bandits, but the rest of us suffer horribly from all of the growth.
That's the issue.

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Old 12-17-2018, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Murrica
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I would have loved to stay in Austin but the prop taxes were no longer "doable". $1K here, $12K in Austin. That really makes a difference on a retirement income.
Doesn't the state income tax eat up some of that difference? We'll be going back to my home state of SC, and the state income tax eats a big part of the property tax savings.


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Sure sounds like someone is butthurt.
That person is in a constant state of butthurt, while constantly going on about HIS last place.
 
Old 12-17-2018, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Austin
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More people do not make anything better. The problem is that your an invader, we were fine without you being here and would survive otherwise. The Government surely make out like bandits, but the rest of us suffer horribly from all of the growth.
That's the issue.
I'm a native Texan. I was born, raised, educated, and working in this state half my life. Who in the world would consider me an "invader" because I returned home after living the other half of my life outside of Texas? Texas is my home and my family's home for 5 generations, at least.
 
Old 12-17-2018, 10:33 AM
 
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I'm a native Texan. I was born, raised, educated, and working in this state half my life. Who in the world would consider me an "invader" because I returned home after living the other half of my life outside of Texas?
Self-insulating morons that have no scope and have never lived or been exposed to areas that were cratering due to a lack of growth.
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