Are taxes really that bad in Florida? I thought people moved there in part because of no state income tax? I suppose they make it up on other taxes.
I'm prepping to move myself, but I'm only going to move maybe 30 miles or so. I want a place where I can build a garage for the bus. If I thought I could find a good job elsewhere, I might move to a new area, but I have a lot of friends and family locally. My job now is somewhat secure. If I started a new job in computers/IT now, I wouldn't be suprised to be laid off in a few years as companies only care about the shareholders not the employees.
Well as a person who has been in IT/computers and technical supprt of sorts for the last 14 years, Low pay, High stress and all that goes with the territory I am getting tired. I once had a bumper sticker " Working in Florida is a Tropical Depression ", That about sums it up...
( I have had other lives too and wore out a few way early !)
I applaud anyone who survives and actually can make a living at it ( IT )...
The Tax situation isn't a surprise here. It's a political thing, The counties want more money so they find ways to add riders and millage numbers
to the property tax bills. The Homestead deal and tax rate limits are flipped over whenever the property ownership changes, I inherited the property from my parents who had been paying $1,500 a year or so, That was limited to a 3% maximum cap per year.
With the title change the county decided to up the value of the property by almost $200,000 over the previous value and taxed me accordingly.
Now at over $3,500 a year and climbing it is not going to jump now more than 3% per year, However. The jump in property value is calculated with a new tool called "GREED" and the old dart board of how much can we screw homeowners. There's been a lot of complaints since our county went completely nuts in their values.
In reviewing the tax bill and hearing all the hoopla about how the state wants to lower property tax by increasing the sales tax rates. I looked at what caused my tax bill to go crazy. It was the " Schools " part that went up about 200% .. The supposed tax reductions proposed would not affect the schools part of the tax bill and in effect only cut a couple hundred off the overall taxes id even that much. Not drastic enough...
and sales tax would then be 7.5 to 9% with the current sales tax the "already" 6.5% plus county addon taxes of 1/2 to 1% that are already collected.
Homeowners insurance is another nightmare. Mine this time was around $2,000, next year it will be more and could even be up to 40% more.
My house is a little over 25 years old and passed the insurance inspections without problems. However... Because I have to spend better than 50% of my annual takehome salary just to pay taxes and insurance I cannot afford to "maintain" or "repair" should anything major happen.
Ok, So 4 hurricanes in 2004... Tornado through my back yard on Christmas Day 2006, Tornado wiped out the south end of town 4 miles away on Feb 2,2007 and who knows what else will happen.. I figure I better get going and move out from under that dark cloud that has found me again to someplace with a more predictable weather pattern.
Rain I can do, Hot I can do, Cold I can do, But not all at the same time... That's what it's like living in Florida, Freeze at Night and turn on the A/C when the sun comes up. ( Lately ).. Swamp or Sweat.. It still is a nice place for most people but just not me. Been here too long and the land is a little too flat and sandy for me.....