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Old 03-16-2015, 08:18 PM
 
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I moved here from N.C. six years ago and have felt the vehicle taxes are much higher
than what I paid back in N.C. When we received our taxes for our two vehicles this year they
are still beyond belief. My coworker lives in Greenville and she pays much less for comparable
vehicles. What makes the taxes in Spartanburg so high for vehicles?
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:10 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Spartanburg County has a vehicle fee. The funds collected should be going toward maintaining and improving county roads.
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Old 03-17-2015, 07:17 AM
 
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Spartanburg County has a vehicle fee. The funds collected should be going toward maintaining and improving county roads.
Greenville does as well, though it's $10 cheaper ($15 vs $25). It really comes down to where you live, as the millage rate varies across municipalities, fire and school districts. Inside Spartanburg city limits would be noticeably higher than unincorporated Greenville county, and vice versa.
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Old 03-17-2015, 07:09 PM
 
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Ex: Dorman High School. Pretty easy to figure out where your money goes!
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:39 PM
 
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In theory the taxes should go towards roads. In reality they are noticeably getting worse all of the time. I understand we hae to pay taxes, but $1600 for two 2013 Toyotas seems high to me.
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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In theory the taxes should go towards roads. In reality they are noticeably getting worse all of the time. I understand we hae to pay taxes, but $1600 for two 2013 Toyotas seems high to me.
Ridiculous!!! WOW. In Greenville, we just renewed our 2008 Honda CRV, and it was about $227.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:20 AM
 
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On the news last night they said one proposal to fix the roads was to increase the car tax by $200 per car. Sounds like Haley planned to oppose the idea. That tax is already much higher than in neighboring states - seems insane to raise it further. Also, since it would be a flat per car raise, it would not tax by use like the gas tax does.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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That tax is already much higher than in neighboring states - seems insane to raise it further. Also, since it would be a flat per car raise, it would not tax by use like the gas tax does.
It's all tradeoffs in one form or another ... We had no vehicle property tax in FL, but our tags were ~$90 a year instead of $12 (plus a $400 new plate fee), and we paid more in gas tax.
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:05 AM
 
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It's all tradeoffs in one form or another ... We had no vehicle property tax in FL, but our tags were ~$90 a year instead of $12 (plus a $400 late fee), and we paid more in gas tax.
I like the gas tax a lot better than the car property tax. Heavy vehicles cause more wear on the roads. Those same vehicles also get worse gas mileage and thus pay more tax per mile. It seems a pretty fair method that ties use to tax.

The car property tax is tied to car value, which has no real connection to how much impact a car has on the road. A 30 year old dump truck may have little in the way of property value but cause a lot of wear on the road. Conversely, a new Honda Civic may have significant property value while its light weight means it causes minimal road wear.
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Rock Hill, SC
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I like the gas tax a lot better than the car property tax. Heavy vehicles cause more wear on the roads. Those same vehicles also get worse gas mileage and thus pay more tax per mile. It seems a pretty fair method that ties use to tax.

The car property tax is tied to car value, which has no real connection to how much impact a car has on the road. A 30 year old dump truck may have little in the way of property value but cause a lot of wear on the road. Conversely, a new Honda Civic may have significant property value while its light weight means it causes minimal road wear.

Couldn't agree more.
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