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Old 01-09-2009, 08:23 PM
 
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We are preparing to move to Omaha this summer. Are the real estate taxes in the Omaha area (Bellevue, Papillion, etc.) astronomically high? Why are they so high? Are we missing something? We are from Washington, DC and NE is almost double what we paid there...

Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:56 AM
 
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Our property taxes may be higher in Nebraska (assuming that's what you mean when you say real estate tax), but you may pay less than back home in other categories. Or maybe not...

D.C. did their own study comparing themselves to the rest of the nation in total tax burden (compared to the most populated city in each state).

http://www.taxadmin.org/fta/rate/DC_Tax_Burden_07.pdf

Except at the lowest income levels, you'll see that Omaha ranks much higher than D.C. in total tax burden.

Interesting that D.C. commissioned that study. Looks like people were complaining about taxes in D.C. and they did that study to say "Look, we're not THAT bad!"

The thing you have to remember about Nebraska is we are 16th in size, and 38th in population. Far fewer people to pay per capita for the infrastructure for that large of state, minus the taxable natural resources or vast tracts of Federal lands like most western states.

Been to D.C. many times, love visiting. I would hate to live in D.C. proper. I'd have to live waaaaaaaaaay outside the beltway. Like half-way into Virginia.

Personally, I'll pay extra in taxes to live where I live, rather than in a big city somewhere. Part of why some of us call it "The Good Life."
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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Not sure how it compares to DC , but I pay $3,000 in taxes for a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,000 square foot home...
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:46 PM
 
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Not sure how it compares to DC , but I pay $3,000 in taxes for a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,000 square foot home...
Wow, I pay $1,400 a year for a 4 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 1,800 sf home.
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Papillion
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Wow, I pay $1,400 a year for a 4 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 1,800 sf home.
That would qualify as a "little difference"... but I think the cost of living between here and there would more than offset a little over $100/month...
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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I pay right around 1,000 a year for a 900 square foot house.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:04 PM
 
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That would qualify as a "little difference"... but I think the cost of living between here and there would more than offset a little over $100/month...
Dave, to clarify, I'm not the OP, I was just commenting on the difference, as I too live in Nebraska. Difference is I live in a small town, you live in the metro area. We bought our home for $80K, I'm guessing it would sell/value at $200K in Omaha.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:57 PM
 
Location: NY
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I live on Long Island, NY. 4 bedroom,2 bath, 2,500 sq.ft. I pay over $6,000. 50 by 100 plot. Stop complaining! LOL!
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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HOLY Cow!

We paid $750 in taxes for a 1450 sq foot, 3 BR 1 BA house, built in 1975, on .29 acres in SC.

We bought a 1750 sq foot, 4 BR 1 BA house, 100 years old, on 60 acres, with barns and fencing and a shop and seperate garage in NE this year - our total tax bill is $925.

Both were considered by assessors to be rural properties - even though both houses are in small towns with FD, water, sewer, etc. In NE, there are fewer people, which means fewer paid-for things - they don't have planes that do mosquito spraying, or entire police/fire/rescue with boats, here, just as they don't have sand trucks or snowplows there.

I think it all depends on where you go and where you are from, and what sort of residence it is, newer or older, and what sort of amenities are provided. Saying taxes are lower or higher for a particular location or region, leaves out a lot of variables.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Papillion
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Dave, to clarify, I'm not the OP, I was just commenting on the difference, as I too live in Nebraska. Difference is I live in a small town, you live in the metro area. We bought our home for $80K, I'm guessing it would sell/value at $200K in Omaha.
160k.... but I also get sewer/water connection... don't have a well/septic system... and paid fire dept...
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