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Old 04-01-2017, 12:05 PM
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I could look at homes in Brattleboro and Montpelier, but the state as a whole has onerous tax policies for an out-of-stater on a fixed income that's only at the median level -- very unfriendly tax policies in Vermont for retirees, what with state income taxes, relatively high sales taxes, property taxes, and even Social Security income is taxed, which is NOT the norm in most states. And housing costs are more expensive than many other places. Add that all together, and a low-wage Texas teacher's pension isn't going to cut it in Vermont for many people.

reference point:
State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees
I think there's a deduction on property taxes if your incomes is below a level, high enough most of the middle-class qualifies. from the link:

Eligible Vermont residents can make a claim for a rebate of their school and municipal property taxes if their household income does not exceed a certain level. Generally, household incomes of $99,000 or more do not receive an adjustment. The maximum property tax adjustment is $8,000.

Compared to the Northeast not New Hampshire, Vermont is typical for its region. But yea, compared to the south or Texas, it's high.
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Old 04-01-2017, 04:04 PM
 
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The Maple Sugar candies we used to get there. I lived in Bennington for a year and liked it--in the late 70's.
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:34 PM
 
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I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl.
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Old 04-01-2017, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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The "Snow" song Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kay sang in the classic White Christmas movie.
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Old 04-02-2017, 05:08 AM
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Location: Ontario
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White Christmas....The movie...and literally.
Mount Mansfield
Jay Peak
Camel's Hump
Stowe
Smugglers Notch
Barre-Montpelier
Lake Champlain
WCAX Channel 3 Burlington
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Old 04-02-2017, 06:14 AM
 
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Hmm...

Socialist politicians who own 3 homes and preach redistribution

Homogenous populations of white people who want open borders in the southern states (because the problems associated with that will never be felt by them)

Prohibitive expenses and anti-business policies

A contempt for capitalism, by people who have benefitted from it immensely

Beautiful fauna

Great place to live if it weren't for the ridiculous politics and incredibly silly people.
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Old 04-02-2017, 03:11 PM
 
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The whole no billboards thing, which might not even be true.
And the movie 'Funny farm' comes to mind, which might not have even been set in Vermont, I can't remember.
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Old 04-02-2017, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago =)
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phish, bernie, skiing
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Fall colors. Literally the only thing that comes to mind.
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Old 04-07-2017, 06:58 PM
 
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Boring
Cold
Single people cannot afford a place of their own
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