delamer wrote: ↑Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:17 pm
BackOfTheNet wrote: ↑Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:44 pm
We get what we pay for though, services are not great.
This is what gets missed in these discussions.
Obviously, some people pay a lot in taxes and don’t get commensurate services. There is corruption, fraud, etc. in local/state governments.
But, typically, people get what they pay for. So if your taxes are low, you likely get fewer services and low quality public schools, which also mean that your property values are negatively affected.
I used to think this way. Then I moved. I was shocked. As in double the police/fire per capita, 10/10 schools, almost no major crime, beautiful community with parks and a property tax that was 1/3 of my one of my last houses (in absolute terms). Obviously this is just anecdotal, but if you don't believe me, find a Californian that has transplanted to a nice area in the South (TX, GA, SC, NC, TN, etc) and ask said person.
I have lived in about a dozen different cities with property taxes ranging from $800/yr to about $9,000/yr when I go back and look up the properties. The best house/area i have been in in terms of value is at about $3,000 a year now in property taxes according to zillow.
In my experience, the amount you pay in taxes (property tax, income, and sales) has almost no bearing on amount of services provided. In fact, in some areas, I have found the worse areas to have higher taxes when compared to surrounding areas with better services. Which, as a logical fellow, makes completely no sense to me.