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Old 06-10-2010, 08:38 PM
 
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Sometimes I see a list of unincorporated towns..not just in TN but other states as well. What exactly does that mean? Does the homeowner pay taxes or not? Does the unicorporated town sit in limbo or does it have a name? Why is a town unicorporated?? What makes it unincorporated? Can an unincorporated town be annexed by another town/city? Does the town have a mayor, town hall, polic/fire dept?
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Sometimes I see a list of unincorporated towns..not just in TN but other states as well. What exactly does that mean? Does the homeowner pay taxes or not? Does the unicorporated town sit in limbo or does it have a name? Why is a town unicorporated?? What makes it unincorporated? Can an unincorporated town be annexed by another town/city? Does the town have a mayor, town hall, polic/fire dept?
The homeowner does not pay city taxes since an unincorporated town does not have a government to support.

A town is unincorporated because it is either two small to incorporate or there is no movement to incorporate.

It's lack of city government and legal standing make it unincorporated. So, no it does not have a mayor, town hall, etc. although many unincorporated towns have volunteer fire departments. Services are provided by the county.

An unincorporated town may be annexed by another city. Although, citizens will have the right to protest the annexation.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:29 AM
 
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It's an outskirts, likely rural area of an incorperated town. Like mentioned you don't pay city taxes, but at the expensive of not having public water/sewage, no local fire department (volunteer if you're lucky) and no local police (the county would have to send someone out if needed)
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Many states have large unincorporated areas but will still have all the same services as the cities in the area. Some counties in Florida will have one or two small areas that incorporated into cities and have their own mayor and such but still use county water, sewer, sheriff, fire dept., etc. The cities may only be a small percentage of the overall population of the county. My county for example has about 9000 people out of 180,000 living within incorporated areas. That would mean that 95% of the county is unincorporated.
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:33 AM
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Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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My county has only one incorporated city. The rest of the county is governed by the county government. We have half a dozen townsites that were established during the goldrush times.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I live in an unincorporated area that's had paid fire service for a good 20+ years at this point. Original developer had to pay to run water/sewer lines out here for his 3,000+ lot development and we have county water/sewer services. We also do have a special taxing district to handle common area landscaping issues (no development-wide HOA at the time the area was developed, and the tax district is a lot more limited in its power than a new development-wide HOA would be under Florida law, and we like those limited powers) and the tax district board also unofficially serves as a point of contact when the county or state DOT wants to do something out here that would be of concern to residents. Because of the tax district board, we managed to get a proposed toll road shifted a half mile eastward to a location not as well-organized as we were about it.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:53 AM
 
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I prefer unincorpation because you pay less property taxes (not no taxes)... some of these unincorporated areas are like literally right next to the city... The difference in my place is about 8 mills from unincorporated to a regular incorporated city... so a 300,000 home would save about 2.4k in property taxes... you live there ten years, potentially saving you 24k+ in property taxes (more taxes if property gains in value) if fully assessed.. that's a lot of money to throw away for very little in return... I haven't notice any "extras" in having an incorporated city... although I do like the many restaurants and businesses in the city, its only about a 5 minute drive to it while I pay less taxes... its ironic if you consider it would take 10 minutes for residents of the incorporated city to get there if they live on the other side of town and they pay more taxes...
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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There are thousands of unincorporated towns, many (maybe most) of them not near larger cities. As said, they have no city government, the fire department is likely a volunteer one supported with fundraisers, donations, and maybe grants, what regulations there are are county regulations, there may or may not be a post office, there likely will be a school or schools and, yes, they do have names. But if you drove through one, you'd just think small town - there's no real way to tell by looking if a town is incorporated or not. At some point, due to threat of being annexed by a larger town or city or because someone thinks it would be beneficial (it isn't always, sometimes it's beneficial to the people pushing it but not to the rest of the citizens), an unincorporated community will become incorporated, jumping through whatever hoops their state has in place for that process.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Barrington
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There are lots of unincorporated areas in my neck of the woods. Property taxes are a smidge less than in incorporated areas due to an absence of administrative stuff, like a zoning board, mayor and such.

Housing in these areas tends to be inconsistent. A Mc manasion here and run down shack there with 7 beaters and a truck parked on the property, next to a llama farm.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:57 AM
 
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ok so when you sell your property is there a "pay up" for living in an unincorporated area?

Also, if I were to live in an unicorporated area, would I pay more for services such as water/sewer if the lines are there?

Do you have less "say" about what type of neighborhood you end up in like what middle age mom was mentioning?

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