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Old 08-13-2009, 12:39 PM
 
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Which side of the border is higher in taxes? which municipalities make for the lowest tax areas in the Kansas City metro?

How does the income tax rate in the whole area compare with other parts of the nation?
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:15 PM
 
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It all kind of evens out. I think over all, the taxes are slightly lower on the MO side, but it depends, some parts of Lee's Summit and Platte County get pretty high. Nothing in KC is really that different that sets is apart from other areas. Property taxes in KCK are high, but housing there is cheap (for good reason).

Cost of living (mostly housing) is generally cheaper in MO suburbs (Northland/Eastern Jackson County) vs the KS suburbs (Johnson County). You really do get more bang for your buck in housing, which is by far your largest expense.

If you live in the Northland, in the city of KCMO, you will pay the KCMO Etax (earnings tax). It's not really a big deal because most other taxes in KCMO are less, Missouri state taxes are less. You get free trash pickup and recycling etc in KCMO too. Gas is also a bit cheaper on the MO side.

Property taxes vary, but again, I don't that different areas of town differ by that much.

Like I said in your other post, if you are working in Lenexa and want a suburban place to live, then I would just find a place in Lenexa, Shawnee, etc.

There are places that compare to (western) Lenexa and Shawnee on the MO side, but they will be in Platte County or Lee’s Summit a bit of a drive.

The bottom line is what type of place to you want to live in.

Do you want suburban? If so, what type? McMansions way out? Mature areas with trees? Is topography a big thing for you? Schools? Recreation? Do you want to be close to urban KCMO yet live in a suburban area? Are you willing to drive to have home on a lake?

Do you want small town/rural?

How about urban? You can live in a family oriented urban area or a downtown or plaza highrise.

Figure out the lifestyle you want and that will help you narrow down a place to live.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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All I know is that if I go to the Price Chopper in Roeland Park, KS, I pay more in taxes than if I go to the Sun Fresh grocery near Westport in KCMO.
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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It all kind of evens out. I think over all, the taxes are slightly lower on the MO side, but it depends, some parts of Lee's Summit and Platte County get pretty high. Nothing in KC is really that different that sets is apart from other areas. Property taxes in KCK are high, but housing there is cheap (for good reason).

Cost of living (mostly housing) is generally cheaper in MO suburbs (Northland/Eastern Jackson County) vs the KS suburbs (Johnson County). You really do get more bang for your buck in housing, which is by far your largest expense.

If you live in the Northland, in the city of KCMO, you will pay the KCMO Etax (earnings tax). It's not really a big deal because most other taxes in KCMO are less, Missouri state taxes are less. You get free trash pickup and recycling etc in KCMO too. Gas is also a bit cheaper on the MO side.

Property taxes vary, but again, I don't that different areas of town differ by that much.

Like I said in your other post, if you are working in Lenexa and want a suburban place to live, then I would just find a place in Lenexa, Shawnee, etc.

There are places that compare to (western) Lenexa and Shawnee on the MO side, but they will be in Platte County or Lee’s Summit a bit of a drive.

The bottom line is what type of place to you want to live in.

Do you want suburban? If so, what type? McMansions way out? Mature areas with trees? Is topography a big thing for you? Schools? Recreation? Do you want to be close to urban KCMO yet live in a suburban area? Are you willing to drive to have home on a lake?

Do you want small town/rural?

How about urban? You can live in a family oriented urban area or a downtown or plaza highrise.

Figure out the lifestyle you want and that will help you narrow down a place to live.
I agree with kcmo

(Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day! )

I wouldn't let taxes be a deciding factor in where to live.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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This forum is new to me and I'm liking it.

KCMO I have found you on many threads and you seem to know quite a bit about KCMO. Maybe we should meet for lunch when I am in town Sept. before and after Labor Day weekend.....I may end up moving there--love interest (he has lived there only a couple of years) and I am considering biz even though it is a scary prospect at the moment--researching areas and would have many questions for you.
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