Property Tax Increases

Property Tax Increases

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Alsip Homeowner

Chicago, IL

#1 Jan 3, 2009
Who else agrees that property taxes are getting ridiculous. You would think Worth Township was an exclusive place to live. Property values are going down. Houses won't sell and the fact that the property taxes are going up (for me another 40%) will make it even harder to sell your house. I might as well move to Orland, Tinley or Palos Heights for what I'm paying in taxes. Most people don't appeal their taxes also, so why wouldn't the county reduce them.

Rowland Heights, CA

#2 Jan 27, 2009

Rowland Heights, CA

#3 Jan 27, 2009
Taxes back home are out of control. I have a friend Gary that lives in Frankfort and his taxes are $7,400.00 a year for a 2500sq home including a basment. He paid around $260k ten years ago for the house and his taxes were around $5k. His friend Greg which lives behind him pays around 8k a year in taxes. My mother in Alsip pays around 5k and my cousin in Lockport around 10K a year. I purchased brand new home in Hemet, Ca back in 2000 for 176K. When the market was hot, the home was worth around $430k. The house is 2862sq located on a quarter acre. It has 5 beds and 3 full baths. The temperature in Hemet this time of the year may get as low as 30 (rarely) degrees at night but during the day it is between 70-80 degrees. When I first bought the home the property taxes were $2,200 a year. In eight years the property taxes only went up $300.00. This is because once you close on a house in CA you are locked into to whatever the tax rate is in that area and it never goes up. Your taxes may go up for things such as school taxes but your basic tax rate never goes up. I now have another house that sits on a half acre, is 3300sq, has a 7 car garage, salt water, heated swimming pool and spa, a 400sq bath house and my taxes are still only $4300.00 a year. I could never understand why taxes back home are so high when you only get a few good months of good weather. The heck with that Frosty the snowman weather. If you have ever planned on moving to the sunny state, the time is now since house prices have crashed and are continuing to do so. The most expensive utility out here is water, other than that it's a lot cheaper to live here. You don't need to heat your house as much, and in the summer it is a dry heat and not killer humidity.
I don't have those little blood suckers that buzz around your ears in the summer nights back home. It is to dry here and if you live by the ocean they don't dig the salt water either because they can't lay their young in the salt. In my opinion since I lived in Alsip 20 years, the cost of living here is cheaper overall compared to backhome. They always show you back home on TV, all the rich areas where people live and it misleads you all back home that have never been here.

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