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Old 08-30-2007, 03:44 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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That's definitely encouraging. I am so sick of owing down here and I beleive will be in the same "not owing" boat when we eventually move up for good.
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Old 08-30-2007, 06:19 AM
 
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Forest,
You just need to remember that you live in a small unorganized township, therefore your taxes are going to be alot cheaper. Not all people are able to do that, or maybe they don't want to do that. Taxes will be far less where you live than where I live. And I am in the country, albeit a 15 minute drive to the city and all conveniences. My taxes are half of what they are in Auburn.
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Old 08-30-2007, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Forest,
You just need to remember that you live in a small unorganized township, therefore your taxes are going to be alot cheaper. Not all people are able to do that, or maybe they don't want to do that. Taxes will be far less where you live than where I live. And I am in the country, albeit a 15 minute drive to the city and all conveniences. My taxes are half of what they are in Auburn.
I understand, after all it takes us 20 minutes to get into the city. My wife commutes.
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:10 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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I really can't understand how many of you think that your taxes, insurance costs and costs of living are so high here in Maine.

At our winter home in WV, property taxes are double what we pay in Eastport, sales tax is 6% on everything including food. It costs $160. a month for forced air gas heating on the budget plan, year round. Electricity is cheaper here, we don't need air conditioners in the summer on this island.

Insurance is a whole lot cheaper and I say this with authority as I am a licensed insurance agent in Maine as well as WV.

I just don't get why ya'll think it's so expensive to live in Maine.
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Maine
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As FB has pointed out before, I think it's because people don't understand the difference between "taxes" and "tax burden". They don't get the tax/income ratio that is what the "high burden" statistic is based on. At least this is my understanding. I've run the numbers on more than one occasion, comparing our taxes/living costs in Texas and what they will be in the mid-coast area. Our taxes here, item for item with the exclusion on vehicle registration, are higher than we will be paying Maine. Our property tax alone is nearly double what we will pay in our chosen town in Maine and our local sales tax on all non-food items is 8.25%. Beat that one!

From my calculations, the higher cost of living in Maine stems primarily from the fact that DH will make approximately 10% less in Maine than he does in Texas. That is based on the average payscale in his field that I've been able to find on salary.com and may not even be completely accurate, so we'll see when we get there how it actually stacks up. Fortunately, we also operate a successful home-based business, and that income is not going to be based on Maine's income stats, so that will help tremendously.

Maybe we need to start a "Tax Payer Education" thread.
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I just this morning paid the 'excise' taxes on one of our vehicles. It has Ct plates on it, and I am preparing to shift over to Maine plates. So before getting Maine plates from the DMV, I had to first go into a nearby town with a city clerk and pay their excise taxes.

I paid $5.

Down in Ct the annual property taxes on this same vehicle has been around $150.
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Old 08-30-2007, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Greater Metropolitan Bangor
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I just this morning paid the 'excise' taxes on one of our vehicles. It has Ct plates on it, and I am preparing to shift over to Maine plates. So before getting Maine plates from the DMV, I had to first go into a nearby town with a city clerk and pay their excise taxes.

I paid $5.

Down in Ct the annual property taxes on this same vehicle has been around $150.
Forest - Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!! We don't want EVERYONE in the WORLD to know that this whole complaining about taxes thing is a charade 'cause then they''ll all want to move here and make Maine a horrible place like where they came from. Get with the program!
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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LOL

Ooops
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:56 PM
 
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Wish it was $5 on my truck. Just paid it today and it was $89.36. But still cheaper than on a brand new vehicle, so I cannot complain too loudly. LOl
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