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Old Aug 22nd 2015, 1:52 pm
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We have 2 school age children and one goes locally but we hae a school bus stop.
Sorry meant we as in the town not me.
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Sorry meant we as in the town not me.
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Originally Posted by petitefrancaise View Post
Hey N1cky, join the rest of the silicon valley ex-pats here in sunny Austin!

We live about 1 mile from MS and 3 from HS. Kids take the bus which gets them to school in about the same time as it takes me to drive it. Not too many kids bike to school as in our area it's very hilly and hot.
Seems a bit rash to move to another state just so there's a school bus.


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Where we used to live, school bus cost you $400 a year.

Where we are now, you've got to be over a mile for the bus up to first grade, it's 1.5 miles for second grade and goes up a little more each couple of years. Seems most kids don't qualify for the middle school and possibly about half for the high school. The thresholds are lower than the state requirements...but they're measured as the crow flies so we don't qualify but it's not a bad walk in spring/autumn, bit sweaty in summer and nearly hazardous during winter.

Car drop off gets silly busy in winter and it's silly busy at the middle and high school to the point there has been a EPA complaint
$400 isn't too bad. If I didn't work from home and couldn't pick her up from school, she'd have to get the train. That's $2 one way every day, and she'd still have to walk around 1 mile.

I'm hoping we can finally buy a house next year, and we can be on the other side of town, and she'll be able to walk/ bike to high school. Not to mention the constant outings to friends houses that I won't have to chauffeur her to.
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Originally Posted by N1cky View Post

$400 isn't too bad. If I didn't work from home and couldn't pick her up from school, she'd have to get the train. That's $2 one way every day, and she'd still have to walk around 1 mile.
Yeah, not to bad if the average property tax wasn't around the $10K mark.
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Yeah, not to bad if the average property tax wasn't around the $10K mark.
Are they billing for five years at a time? .... Or ten?
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Are they billing for five years at a time? .... Or ten?
Mental, isn't it? There are towns round here, closer into Chicago or to the North Shore where $10-15K isn't uncommon for large lots. Ours is around $3,600.00, which is reasonably cheap for this county.
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Mental, isn't it? There are towns round here, closer into Chicago or to the North Shore where $10-15K isn't uncommon for large lots. Ours is around $3,600.00, which is reasonably cheap for this county.
We got a nasty bump up this year, or at least it felt like it, to $1,500!
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
We got a nasty bump up this year, or at least it felt like it, to $1,500!
That's still not that bad though, especially when you consider the size of your lot (never mind that your house, if I remember the square footage correctly is about twice the size of ours), given that a few years ago when our taxes were higher, we were paying about $4,400.00 for a quarter acre lot
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Yeah, not to bad if the average property tax wasn't around the $10K mark.
It's that here too
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing View Post
That's still not that bad though, especially when you consider the size of your lot (never mind that your house, if I remember the square footage correctly is about twice the size of ours), ....
2,750 sqft nominal, based on the exterior dimensions of the house, equivalent to about 2,450sqft of living space, IIRC, and sitting on 1.5 acres. We pay another $170 dollars tax for the vacant adjoining lot.
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2,750 sqft nominal, based on the exterior dimensions of the house, equivalent to about 2,450sqft of living space, IIRC, and sitting on 1.5 acres. We pay another $170 dollars tax for the vacant adjoining lot.
Whichever way you slice it, you get a better deal. You're paying 54c/sq ft or $1,000.00/acre; whereas we pay $2.09/sq ft or $5,300/acre
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing View Post
Whichever way you slice it, you get a better deal. You're paying 54c/sq ft or $1,000.00/acre; whereas we pay $2.09/sq ft or $5,300/acre
But you have the "benefit of municipal services". At least that is what they told us when the nearby city tried to annex us. The homeowners fought the city, ...... and won. Funnily enough 80%+ of people didn't want to have their property taxes doubled!
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But you have the "benefit of municipal services". At least that is what they told us when the nearby city tried to annex us. The homeowners fought the city, ...... and won. Funnily enough 80%+ of people didn't want to have their property taxes doubled!
Our new property taxes in Ohio will be about double what they were in AZ (sort of - we're only buying half as much house, so they're effectively staying the same for us).

But then according to that interesting Niche site someone here mentioned the other day, OH teachers are earning an average of $80k compared with their AZ colleagues on an average of around $50k. Which explains why when I went for my son's high school Open House the either day, the teachers were universally enthusiastic, passionate, skilled-sounding educators, whereas the best I used to hope for with his AZ teachers was an amused, jaded cynicism which at least played very well with Son on a personal level.
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Originally Posted by N1cky View Post
It's that here too
Yeah, but that was the only town in the area doing it, when all the neighbouring towns had similar tax rates.

Then again, they also did a pay by the bag rubbish collection thing, which wasn't cheap...really nickel and dimed you that town
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing View Post
Whichever way you slice it, you get a better deal. You're paying 54c/sq ft or $1,000.00/acre; whereas we pay $2.09/sq ft or $5,300/acre
Just looked at the taxes on a townhouse on the estate we live, $9,400 per year, works out at $5.39 per sq ft.
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