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Old 07-11-2011, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I like the flatlands of Maine.

I grew up in a state with mountains, and I do find that I rather miss living in a state with mountains. However this flat land [Maine] is nice too.

It is nice being able to drive along these low-altitude 'mountains' that exist in Maine without the need to re-tune your vehicle's carb to run on thin air. Which is so common in Mountainous regions.

For being such a low-altitude state [entirely devoid of any true 'mountains'] I find intriguing the usage of the term 'flatlander' for anyone that is from a mountainous region.

Any hill that does not exceed 10,000 foot altitude is not a true mountain.

Carry on.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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If your moving to Augusta ... you will need to heat your house 9 months out of the year.
In Augusta Maine?

Not Alaska. Not anywhere near the Arctic Circle, but Maine.

I find it hard to imagine anyone living in Maine, needing heat more than 5 months a year.



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... 95% of the house heat with oil at 3.50 a gal so the average house runs about 4K a year to heat.
I do not think this is accurate. I pay less than $1,000.



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... The cost to register your car will average 500.00 a year for a 2006 and up.
So you do agree that owning a vehicle is cheap in Maine. Good, I agree. It is much lower priced here in Maine than many other states. As you pointed out already
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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Then you should know what the issue's are with Augusta and the State
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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The cost to register your car will average 500.00 a year for a 2006 and up.
Wow! What are you driving that costs $500 for the excise tax? Our 2009 Prius isn't anywhere near that much. The first year was high, but it drops every year thereafter.

For anyone really interested in how much excise tax they have to pay to register their vehicle each year, the guidelines are at:

Maine Revenue Services: Property Tax -

Now, granted, you can register vehicles in Florida and a few other states for much less, but unless you're driving a luxury car $500 is on the high side in Maine. I know a guy who drives a $59,000 Audi who probably pays that and more. Of course, he can afford to buy a $59,000 Audi, so the excise tax isn't a big deal for him.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Last week I had to re-register my pickup, the excise tax was $64.

The combined fee was a total of $80 [which included the excise tax].

If I was still in Connecticut it would have been over $600.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:30 AM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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In central Maine we don't heat for nine months out of the year. This penguin moved up here to escape the likes of Bill.

Sincerely,

Opus
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:07 AM
 
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I moved from Maine to Tucson, and back to Maine last month. It's allot easier adjusting to the weather in Maine than Arizona. Maybe it's just me but dealing with the cold is far easier than, the choking heat of Arizona. I like the Belgrade Lakes region Northwest of Augusta about 20 miles, there is lots of festivals and stuff to do in the summer. Oh taxes are not much different than Arizona and retail goods are cheaper. Milk, cheese and meat are far more expensive though. And traffic if u live in Phoenix u would never think there was traffic in Augusta, yeah it's busy for Maine but compared to Phoenix it's non existent.
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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If you're looking for in-town living within a short distance to the Togus VA hospital, Augusta/Hallowell/Gardiner are all good possibilities. Because of all the government workers in the area, expect rents and home prices to be higher than average for the good places. You can also look at Chelsea and Randolph, across the river from Gardiner and much closer to the VA. All of those towns also offer rural living -- even Augusta has some surprising open space.

Be prepared for winter. If you can, find a house with a solid-fuel (wood, pellet, coal) stove to offset heating oil costs. If it's just you and the dog in a small house with good insulation, expect to pay $2,000 or so each winter for heating oil at current prices if that's your sole source of heat. If you have physical handicaps, add the cost of having your driveway plowed and walkways shoveled.
Coaster said it very well.
As for exactly where you want to live it depends on your budget. Don't forget to ask the land lord because in Maine utilities and such are rarely included in the cost per-month.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:15 PM
 
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Weather History for Augusta, Maine Weather History for Augusta, Maine
If your not heating your house on these days ! your cold
my 2002 Chevy pick up cost 196.99 to Register. and It been the same for the last six years.When I bought it in 2002 It was 987.00
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... If your not heating your house on these days ! your cold
Not sure what you mean, our windows are open and we have window fans blowing.



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... my 2002 Chevy pick up cost 196.99 to Register. and It been the same for the last six years.When I bought it in 2002 It was 987.00
Braggart
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