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Old 08-31-2015, 11:52 AM   #1
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cook county taxes went up

My brothers one house - the portion of the tax that went up is for the school. $2000.00. This means my sisters would have gone up the same- and my moms would be a fraction since she is in a condo.

Cook county re-assesses taxes every 3 years. When I was a kid it was 4.

Bringing this locally- a nearby district is on strike- they declined a 52% tax increase.

This got locals talking- and I am amazed that these houses that dont look like much on the countryside pay what they do here.

How do you get away from it?
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How do you get away from it?
Only places you live rent free are the military or jail.
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Old 08-31-2015, 03:08 PM   #3
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My property was reassessed this year and they actually came down for next year. We pay our taxes in arrears down here, and mine came in at a healthy [estimated] 1,228.00. I am on septic, but I still pay millage for the wastewater treatment plant upgrades and the recent addition to the county bypass system and several lift stations. It isn't much, and I really don't begrudge it because the truth of it is that I would rather have this infrastructure than have the entire county on septic. I have been to a few of the central counties with no sewerage plants and in the summer, after a lot of heavy rain when the water table comes close to the surface, it can get quite nasty and ripe, so a few bucks is just fine with me.

My taxes work out to be less than one percent, which is a far, far cry from what folks in the north east pay, especially folks like Penn ion his area, and folks in New Jersey, New York and that general area. The taxes are freaking absurd. Illinois is downright retarded with their usurious taxation. In Massachusetts, if you own a car, you pay something on the order of five percent of the cars assessed value EVERY SINGLE YEAR just to get a sticker issued for the tag. That's fucking ridiculous. The people who vote for this shit are truly insane.

In Florida we may have more than our fair share of crazy people, but we don't have a state income tax, our property taxes are pretty damn low and I pay 6.1% sales tax at the store on everything but food. That is to say everything but food that isn't prepared food, like regular groceries that aren't cooked to order. If I want an herb roasted, lemon rotisserie chicken, as long as it isn't still hot, and as long as it's packaged in a sealed box or package, there's no tax.

Same with medicine, no tax. So how do we pay for stuff? We wax the tourists, that's how. We have a bed tax. We tax booze and cigarettes as well. We have casinos on all the reservations that generate billions of dollars as well. All that money goes in to general revenue. How much gets siphoned off I do not know, but the money is there. We also have the lottery, much of which is placed in to general revenue, but a lot of which gets tossed in to the education fund. In my area, we just approved a half cent or a penny sales tax increase for schools. I don't begrudge that either, because I would rather have the little fuckers sitting in a classroom driving a teacher crazy than hanging out in the neighborhood all day looking for something to do, which might include getting in to trouble.
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I heard a story LOCALLY- of a local woman- crying because she just cant pay her tax. It is $2800- and she gets about 10k on Soc Sec.

This scares me. It really does. Keep in mind that renting is not the way out- taxes are buildt into the rent.

I figure my tax is around 1.25% the value here. So that isnt too bad. For now.
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Old 08-31-2015, 03:24 PM   #5
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Mark-

Taxes in Cook County- compared to Sara Sota-

My brother pays about the same on each of those houses- that being $9000.

The house in Fl is worth around 1 mil.
The house in IL is worth around $450k


PS- PA does not have a state budget yet. I have to agree with the GOP. The Dems want to shift the property tax to be income tax. I read the fine print- and my area would see the worst of both worlds.

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We have fairly decent property tax, but we also have income tax and sales tax. Our state tax is 5% but our city/county add another 1 1/2% so it's 6 1/2% We also don't have to pay tax on food/medical like Ancona said, I also think most clothes should be non taxed but I think that elective surgery like face lift, boob jobs etc should be taxed. This is one of the reasons I am always leery of a fed. sales tax. While I think it would be a good way to balance the budget, people like me could end up paying over 10% sales tax with just a 4% fed tax added on to our local sales tax.
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Originally Posted by ancona View Post:
My property was reassessed this year and they actually came down for next year. We pay our taxes in arrears down here, and mine came in at a healthy [estimated] 1,228.00. I am on septic, but I still pay millage for the wastewater treatment plant upgrades and the recent addition to the county bypass system and several lift stations. It isn't much, and I really don't begrudge it because the truth of it is that I would rather have this infrastructure than have the entire county on septic. I have been to a few of the central counties with no sewerage plants and in the summer, after a lot of heavy rain when the water table comes close to the surface, it can get quite nasty and ripe, so a few bucks is just fine with me.

My taxes work out to be less than one percent, which is a far, far cry from what folks in the north east pay, especially folks like Penn ion his area, and folks in New Jersey, New York and that general area. The taxes are freaking absurd. Illinois is downright retarded with their usurious taxation. In Massachusetts, if you own a car, you pay something on the order of five percent of the cars assessed value EVERY SINGLE YEAR just to get a sticker issued for the tag. That's fucking ridiculous. The people who vote for this shit are truly insane.

In Florida we may have more than our fair share of crazy people, but we don't have a state income tax, our property taxes are pretty damn low and I pay 6.1% sales tax at the store on everything but food. That is to say everything but food that isn't prepared food, like regular groceries that aren't cooked to order. If I want an herb roasted, lemon rotisserie chicken, as long as it isn't still hot, and as long as it's packaged in a sealed box or package, there's no tax.

Same with medicine, no tax. So how do we pay for stuff? We wax the tourists, that's how. We have a bed tax. We tax booze and cigarettes as well. We have casinos on all the reservations that generate billions of dollars as well. All that money goes in to general revenue. How much gets siphoned off I do not know, but the money is there. We also have the lottery, much of which is placed in to general revenue, but a lot of which gets tossed in to the education fund. In my area, we just approved a half cent or a penny sales tax increase for schools. I don't begrudge that either, because I would rather have the little fuckers sitting in a classroom driving a teacher crazy than hanging out in the neighborhood all day looking for something to do, which might include getting in to trouble.
no state income tax here in Texas, 8% sales tax on everything but food. My property tax has gone from 400 a year to 1700 a year in 18 years. (for a house that has "risen" in value from 29,000 to 89,000. I haven't done anything visible to the property except painted it grey from yellow. (The house is a duplex on two lots which I joined the services to and made one home). Water is the only thing that irks me, 89 month for sewage and about the same for water. Don't know if thats normal or not, but seem high to me.
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