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Old 03-22-2014, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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With cost of living adjustments, Nevada is number TWO.

Wyoming, which is a strong candidate for my residence when I retire, is number one in both columns.

Texas, which is the next state I'll be moving to, is number seven. Not too shabby.

Also worth noting is that the top seven states have something else in common - none of them have a state income tax.
Texas more than makes up for the lack of state income tax with property taxes which are insanely high.

 
Old 03-22-2014, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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If you can't drive, can't afford a car, or don't want to drive, the answer is simple, don't move to, or if you're already there, move out of, Clark County. Find someplace else in the country that is more pedestrian/transit friendly. It's that simple. Vegas is auto centric. It was designed as such, and will likely always remain as such.

From the tax standpoint, as stated above, I live in one of the most transit centric cities in the world. Transit bleeds money like a stuck pig. The fairs come nowhere near being able to both fund the operations and capital needs of the system. It's been borrowing money like crazy. They begging the city/state for subsidies, and other sources of income the MTA can tap (it taxes, fees.) A lot of these are tacked onto drivers. A lot of the city bridges have ridiculous tolls ($7.50 each way.) Most of this money goes not to bridge maintenance, but to the transit system. Vegas has done well enough with just it's bus system. Leave well enough alone.
Exactly. This is a huge country with every type of city and town imaginable. Couple that with just about every type of eco-system on the planet, and there should be no complaints about where a person lives.
 
Old 03-22-2014, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Farrr Northwest Las Vegas
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I personally enjoy the low tax atmosphere. However, I think there should more tax money available for schools in Southern Nevada. I'll qualify that by saying that more money doesn't equate to better performance in schools but I think more money should be allocated to CCSD. Some of that could be fixed by adjusting North/South funding formula though.
 
Old 03-22-2014, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I could not disagree more that we've done "well enough." The few times I've taken the bus (because I was being picked up after work and didn't want to deal with how to get my car out of the garage), have been nightmares.

The. Bus. Stops. Every. 500. Feet. Getting from my front door to the strip takes a minimum of two hours.

And that sucks for drivers, too -- how many accidents have been caused by people trying to get out from behind the damned bus? I see a couple of these every week.


I think we should re-do all the routes. Draw grid lines like a tic-tac-toe board over the valley. Three or four vertical lines, four or five horizontal. Express buses run these grid routes. That would get me from the corner of Charleston and Nellis to the Strip with only one stop at Eastern. And it would take me clear across town to Summerlin with only two or three stops.

Once dropped off at a grid point, local buses get me within walking distance of my destination. (And walking distance should be more than 500 feet. Disabled people have their own special bus system already. Halve the number of stops and we double the speed of the system.

That's a system I would actually use. The only people who use the current system are the people who are unable to drive or can't afford to -- unwilling commuters.
I've been increasingly making use of the public bus system here in Las Vegas, taking the bus to and from work 2-3 nites a week, and, overall, I'm quite satisfied with the bus system here. But you have to have your bus schedules with you to avoid any long waits. But, IMO, the cost is too high.

I was just down in L.A., last week, where I did nothing but utilize their public bus system (rated 2nd best in the country) for 2 days, but the cost for a one-way fare is only $1.50, and the buses have 2 TV screens in the buses, with 24 hour broadcasted news, which they don't have in the buses here. If you're stuck in a traffic jam, like my taking the 94 bus out of downtown L.A. to the Burbank Airport during rush hour, it's nice to have those TV screens to watch.

L.A. also has more BRT buses, more options. In Santa Monica, I had 3 choices to return to downtown L.A., the speedy flier along I-10 (with virtually no stops), the 720 (fewer stops along Santa Monica Boulevard), or the slowest of all, the 20.

But for that to happen in Las Vegas, you would need more riders, and we're just not anyone near there, yet!
 
Old 03-23-2014, 09:15 AM
 
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Considering the low tax climate of Nevada and seeing how much you that gets you (nice parks, nice libraries, nice roads, accessible government, decent judicial system, new schools etc...) why do people still complain about being over taxed?

Read the articles at reviewjournal.com anytime there's an article about taxes and you would swear the commentators are being gauged by the local government entities.

I for one love how much I get for what I pay for in Nevada, heck I'm willing to pay a bit more if it means a better society (how money gets spent is another issue).
 
Old 03-23-2014, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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I would be happy to pay more taxes if the government was responsible in their spending of those taxes. But, unfortunately, they've shown time and time again that they are only able to squander the money. If taxes went to infrastructure, I'd be all for it. But, especially under this regime, my taxes are spent on things I don't support, so I'm happy giving them as little as possible.
 
Old 03-23-2014, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I'm willing to pay a bit more if it means a better society
It's attitudes like that which are ruining this state.

If you want a better society, make it better yourself. Volunteer. Donate to local charities. Attend and participate in city council meetings. Don't just give the government carte blanche access to your wallet, hoping that they'll spend your money wisely (spoiler: they won't).
 
Old 03-23-2014, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Sunrise
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It's attitudes like that which are ruining this state.

If you want a better society, make it better yourself. Volunteer. Donate to local charities. Attend and participate in city council meetings. Don't just give the government carte blanche access to your wallet, hoping that they'll spend your money wisely (spoiler: they won't).
I can't write a check and save Henderson's libraries. Individual charitable donations cannot meet the needs of the big-ticket responsibilities like reducing class size in schools or caring for our poor or sick.

"I've got mine Jack," is not the basis for any kind of decent society. Ayn Rand fans might want to live there. But nobody else does. (And when you get down to it, who wants to be surrounded by a bunch of Ayn Rand libertarians? That's my idea of hell.)
 
Old 03-23-2014, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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I can't write a check and save Henderson's libraries. Individual charitable donations cannot meet the needs of the big-ticket responsibilities like reducing class size in schools or caring for our poor or sick.

"I've got mine Jack," is not the basis for any kind of decent society. Ayn Rand fans might want to live there. But nobody else does. (And when you get down to it, who wants to be surrounded by a bunch of Ayn Rand libertarians? That's my idea of hell.)
Just like many of our ideas of hell are being surrounded by Democrats who want to spend our money faster than it comes in on things we disagree with.
 
Old 03-23-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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Different states run on different philosophies. Nevada is low taxes, limited services. There's nothing wrong with this, especially since, if you're In LV, you can move 45 minutes away, and be in a state with high taxes and high services. People can just pick what they want.

Living in one of the highest tax, high service states and cities, I think NV's method works better. You obviously don't. Apparently both of us should move.

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I can't write a check and save Henderson's libraries. Individual charitable donations cannot meet the needs of the big-ticket responsibilities like reducing class size in schools or caring for our poor or sick.

"I've got mine Jack," is not the basis for any kind of decent society. Ayn Rand fans might want to live there. But nobody else does. (And when you get down to it, who wants to be surrounded by a bunch of Ayn Rand libertarians? That's my idea of hell.)
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