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Old 08-25-2010, 06:48 PM
Location: Long Island, New York
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I think what they're all saying is that you should reconsider moving to Long Island, it has become a complete mess in the past 10 years or so with taxes skyrocketing and the services you get dwindling. Traffic is a nightmare and the amount of thugs seems to be on the increase.
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Smash255 View Post
Walter was very technical, so I will try to be more simplistic.

Basically your tax bill has three or four main parts. County, town, school, and village if you happen to live in an incorporated village. Each provide certain services (in the case of an incorporated village some of the services that would otherwise be provided by the town or county are provided by the village instead) and you pay taxes based on those services.

Each jurisdiction comes up with a budget every year, and the amount of taxes that are collected is determined by that budget. Based off what the budget calls for and how your home value compares to the other values in that taxing jurisdiction will determine what your taxes are.

Also as has been mentioned roughly 2/3 of the taxes go to the schools, and the school tax rate can vary rather drastically by school district.
Don't forget the criminal increases in these taxes for some districts. Theres a lot of info around on school districts in nassau/suffolk county and how much the increases have been, despite lower enrollment in many of the same districts.
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