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Old 08-20-2019, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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I just sent out our annual property tax bill today.

For a 2400 sf house on 150 acres of land with a quarter-mile of river frontage, $808.86
That's meaningless for comparison. You need to compare tax rates.

Hawaii (my state) is the lowest in the US at 0.25%
California is ranked 16th lowest at 0.77%
Maine is ranked 35 at 1.35%
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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That's meaningless for comparison. You need to compare tax rates.

Hawaii (my state) is the lowest in the US at 0.25%
California is ranked 16th lowest at 0.77%
Maine is ranked 35 at 1.35%
My mil rate is 0.00879

https://www.maine.gov/revenue/proper...y/taxrates.htm
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:16 AM
 
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I just sent out our annual property tax bill today.

For a 2400 sf house on 150 acres of land with a quarter-mile of river frontage, $808.86
I nearly spewed hot coffee out my nose. Wow.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I nearly spewed hot coffee out my nose. Wow.
I know. I pay $4200 on a 942 s.f. condo.
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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You are not the only one. Vermont was on our finalist list, until we did our research and discovered how extremely liberal it has become. Whatever happened to the traditional self-sufficient and independent Yankee?

https://www.businessinsider.com/most...-states-2013-2
I thought Vermont has always been liberal, but maybe that's because the person I know best from Vermont is a socialist who has been encouraging Bernie to run for 20 years.

Vermont was the first to legalize SSM.

They have a very low population, and in places like that with harsh climates and, people do tend to have the mindset of looking out for one another.

I was surprised, however, when I was at the retreat in Vermont and looking through a book on Vermont history to learn that there was a significant KKK presence back in the 1920s.
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:00 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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A problem arises when these rating articles encounter geographically large states, where the majority of the population is centered around one area. The evaluation, climate and cost-of-living, focus on the densely populated metro areas, and fail to acknowledge that the climate and COL may be considerably different in other areas of the state. The only constant that has any value in these ratings, is state taxes.

This is most apparent with midwestern states that border the Great Lakes in the north, and the Ohio River in the south.

Also see: California.
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Old 08-20-2019, 09:08 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Yes, where we are groceries are a little more expensive, but Utah wants to increase its tax on unprepared food - that means fruits and veggies - to 4.85%

https://kutv.com/news/local/utah-law...ng-tax-on-food


My god I am so glad we left.

Unconscionable to tax healthy food.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:19 AM
 
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You have to chuckle because some states that made the 10 best states to retire in by Bankrate are now on this list as some of the worst states to retire in. This is why these lists overall should be taken with a grain of salt. Retire to where ever you like and makes you happy, not where a list tells you to.

Maryland deserves some kind of award though because it was chosen as the worst state to retire in on both lists, LOL.

Those states made Bankrate's list because Bankrate has the most branches there.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:23 AM
 
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Those states made Bankrate's list because Bankrate has the most branches there.
LOL, good answer!!!
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:40 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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We retired from Ohio to California 10 years ago and have no complaints. Lucky enough to buy during the housing downturn. We paid cash to the orginal owner for about half what he bought the place for. Our modest little condo is worth more currently than a McMansion back in Ohio.

And the State taxes here are progressive. We have income based on Social Security and small pensions so the tax bite isnít that bad. We live in the coastal zone and donít need either air con or heating. The medical care here is first rate. I donít ever see going back east.
We could echo the above post almost 100%, substituting Wisconsin for Ohio. And we love, love, love California!
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