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Old 02-22-2011, 10:05 PM
 
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OK, I've been on the LI board long enough to know that property/school taxes here are out of control. However, doing a quick glance at the taxes in Westchester leads me to believe that they're about as bad. So what I want to know is, are the taxes on LI higher (compared to Westchester), is there more waste on LI, or do Long Islanders just complain about it more? (My gut tells me that "D. All of the above" is going to be the likely answer....)

Does anyone know what the Westchester taxes cover? It seems like they get more land up there, so maybe that accounts for the similar taxes - more bang for the buck?
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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Westchester county has the highest property taxes in the U.S. However, the median income is higher in Westchester so the tax amount is a bit less as a % of income than in LI.

They are way too high in both places, though, it's like two obese people arguing who has a bigger butt.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Katonah, NY
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When we were house hunting - we looked on Long Island and in Westchester County. I only looked in a few select areas in each place - so I can only comment on the comparison between the specific areas that I was looking at. In my experience - the taxes on Long Island were higher compared to the price of the house than the taxes in Westchester. We eventually bought a house in Westchester for about 80K more than the houses that we looked at on Long island - and our taxes are the same or a little less than most of the houses that we looked at on Long Island. But like I said - I confined our search to a few select areas so I really can't comment on Long Island or Westchester as a whole.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:57 PM
 
Location: North shore, Long Island
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When we were house hunting - we looked on Long Island and in Westchester County. I only looked in a few select areas in each place - so I can only comment on the comparison between the specific areas that I was looking at. In my experience - the taxes on Long Island were higher compared to the price of the house than the taxes in Westchester. We eventually bought a house in Westchester for about 80K more than the houses that we looked at on Long island - and our taxes are the same or a little less than most of the houses that we looked at on Long Island. But like I said - I confined our search to a few select areas so I really can't comment on Long Island or Westchester as a whole.
This thread is on the LI forum and most Long Islanders believe because of the status of the Island they pay higher taxes. Your brief comparison seems to confirm this.
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:48 AM
 
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Well, I was right about the taxes, but apparently the median income in Nassau is higher, but the median home value is higher in Westchester.

Here:

Full List: Where Americans Pay Most In Property Taxes - Forbes.com
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:02 AM
 
Location: North shore, Long Island
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Well, I was right about the taxes, but apparently the median income in Nassau is higher, but the median home value is higher in Westchester.

Here:

Full List: Where Americans Pay Most In Property Taxes - Forbes.com
I was going to post that. Most towns in Nassau have higher median incomes than comparable towns in Westchester. It's always been that way. Nassau is very wealthy.
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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Thanks for the feedback. In looking at both Forums (LI and Westchester) on this site, it seems that the LI folk complain about taxes more than the Westchester folks. The theory that makes the most sense to me is that there's a greater middle class on LI that gets affected more by tax increases.

Link to LI Thread - Long Island taxes vs. Westchester taxes

So while Westchester taxes may be a bit higher on the whole, there's more extreme wealth and poorness there.

Thoughts?
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: North shore, Long Island
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Thanks for the feedback. In looking at both Forums (LI and Westchester) on this site, it seems that the LI folk complain about taxes more than the Westchester folks. The theory that makes the most sense to me is that there's a greater middle class on LI that gets affected more by tax increases.

Link to LI Thread - Long Island taxes vs. Westchester taxes

So while Westchester taxes may be a bit higher on the whole, there's more extreme wealth and poorness there.

Thoughts?
I would just like to chime in then I'll leave it to the Westchester posters. Long Island isn't more middle class. Westchester just leans more towards an upper middle class where Long Island leans towards a lower middle class. Long Island towns are much more homogenous than Westchester towns. Rarely do you see places like Mount Vernon, Peekskill, New Rochelle or Ossining on Long Island. Such towns would be abandoned by certain demographics or be crossed off as "bad areas" if they were located on Long Island. Finally, we like to complain about everything. It's in our DNA. LOL! Now take it away Westchester.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:13 PM
 
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"Finally, we like to complain about everything. It's in our DNA. LOL! Now take it away Westchester."

LOL...I acually have noticed that. At least you are owning up to it! Every time I check out the LI board, 3/4 of the threads are just dedicated to complaining. Rent, taxes, traffic, home prices, schools, people from Queens, etc.!

And BTW, what makes you think we DON'T cross off bad places? We're just too nice to admit it.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:49 AM
 
Location: North shore, Long Island
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"Finally, we like to complain about everything. It's in our DNA. LOL! Now take it away Westchester."

LOL...I acually have noticed that. At least you are owning up to it! Every time I check out the LI board, 3/4 of the threads are just dedicated to complaining. Rent, taxes, traffic, home prices, schools, people from Queens, etc.!

And BTW, what makes you think we DON'T cross off bad places? We're just too nice to admit it.
LOL! You know us too well. It comes from liviing on a sand barge with only one way out. If the place sinks, the Queens element has blocked our only means of escape.
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