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Old 03-31-2016, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Ventura County, CA
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Hello all!


Due to opportunities for my family, we will likely be relocating to the Union or Mecklenburg County area of North Carolina. We have visited the area and like it, however one thing that I have heard about and have consistently read about is that North Carolina will “tax you for breathing if they could”. The research that I have done just doesn’t reflect this but perhaps I’m missing something…?


Perhaps my view is just skewed? We currently live in Southern California (Ventura County) where being taxed for everything is the norm and registration for my 2014 GMC pickup was well north of $500.


Can anyone elaborate? All help is appreciated!
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Old 03-31-2016, 10:52 AM
 
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Moving from Southern California, I imagine you will be happy with the amount of taxation in either area.
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman area
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I moved from NY and overall the taxes are much less than I was paying there. Only additional tax I have noted is Personal Property tax. But overall still so much lower, that I cannot complain.
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:12 PM
 
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Water bills may hurt you - but taxes to me seem very light in comparison to other parts of the the country. Regarding the registration of the cars - you have a 1 time fee that can result in a few hundred dollars - but over the course of time is insignificant. You could drive around with expired tags for 5 years as several people do. It always amazes me as i drop my children off to school how many out of state tags i see (typically people i know have lived here for several years).
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:36 AM
 
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My family lives in San Diego, they tax you for anything & everything in southern California. Any taxes here will overall be paradise, compared to what you are use to paying.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:09 AM
 
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We moved here from SoCal (LA County) and the taxes are not as high here in either county in NC for housing.

Cars may be a little higher than SoCal, at least it was for us.

We live in Union County on a well and have no water bills.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Noth Caccalacca
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Well, coming from NJ - the property tax capital of America, property taxes in Union and Mecklenberg seem like a easy quarterly payment. Dawn, even California is cheap at ~1% property value compared to the ~3-4% property value you'd pay for the same-sized house in NJ. The taxes on food and vehicles seems like a small "nuisance tax" compared to my property tax savings!

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Old 04-04-2016, 12:38 PM
 
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Water bills may hurt you.

I've never heard that before. Mine is always under $80 per month despite cooking most meals at home, doing laundry daily and having five people bathing. Considering it is literally the most essential purchase I make, and a significant portion of the world can't get water of our quality at any price, I find it unbelievably inexpensive.
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Old 04-04-2016, 03:03 PM
 
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Well, coming from NJ - the property tax capital of America, property taxes in Union and Mecklenberg seem like a easy quarterly payment. Dawn, even California is cheap at ~1% property value compared to the ~3-4% property value you'd pay for the same-sized house in NJ. The taxes on food and vehicles seems like a small "nuisance tax" compared to my property tax savings!
Yes, I know NJ is crazy. But that is why half the state is now in NC!

What was great about SoCal was Prop 13. We purchased our last house in CA in the year 2000. We paid less than half of what it sold for 5 years later, but our taxes weren't re-assessed.
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Old 04-04-2016, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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Water bills may hurt you - but taxes to me seem very light in comparison to other parts of the the country. Regarding the registration of the cars - you have a 1 time fee that can result in a few hundred dollars - but over the course of time is insignificant. You could drive around with expired tags for 5 years as several people do. It always amazes me as i drop my children off to school how many out of state tags i see (typically people i know have lived here for several years).

That works great until the first time they get pulled over or their first accident. Then all the saved money goes up in smoke.
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