I make the same trip every year to protest and they always reduce it back down again to no or nominal gains.alfaspider wrote:Move 30 minutes north and you can get down to 2.5tigermilk wrote:What are you complaining for? Only 2.75%? That's nothing. I'm sitting at 3.1% here south of Houston...hookemhorns wrote:Try living in Texas where property taxes in Dallas are 2.75% of "assessed" value, which is pretty much pulled out of thin air but always increases by mid to high single digits every year.
At least we don't have state income tax on top of those taxes. I moved from NYC, and my state & local tax burden was about 30% higher overall even without owning a home- it would have been even worse had I owned there. My only real gripe is the silly game you have to play with assessments. Every year, they try to increase my assessment by the maximum allowed 10% (even though there's no way my home actually appreciated by that much). Every year, I protest and they back down to no or minimal increase. It would be much nicer I didn't have to make the annual schlep down to the tax assessor's office. I suppose they do it because there are people who don't know any better and just pay up.
I am SHOCKED at how few people are willing to do this. In my neighborhood there is 1 other person who does it like I do annually. And they all know about it, I've told most of them myself. Everyone else just can't be bothered.