Re: HELP needed with Property Tax Question
- From: "George Z. Bush" <georgezbush@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 16:44:39 -0500
Jean Paul wrote:
"Emmet Galsworthy." <ej.galsworthy@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
The schools are not the fault of capitalism, but rather the fault of
"Islander" <nospam@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
George Z. Bush wrote:Tax
I'm wanting to retire to a small town in the country when I retire.
At my present location in DeSoto TX, I get a City School Tax bill
year for $2,400.00 on my $116,000 home. It kills me to get a single
bill each year for that amount.
How can I find out what my School Tax bill will be if I move to a
smaller town in Texas?
Just contact the County Tax Collector for the County in which the town
you're considering moving to is located and ask him what the School
howis for the current year. Just apply that rate to the amount of money
you're planning to spend on your new home and you'll be able to figure
informationyou're going to have to lay out for education. That kind of
topublic record and you should have no problem getting it. You'll just
to assume that the last year's rate will not be changed in the current
year, which often (but not always) happens.
BTW, looking for a low rate is OK if you don't have any kids who need
educated in that school system, because we usually get what we pay for.Something is funny about this post. Texas ranks second in the nation on
IOW, the cheapest public education is apt to be the crappiest for the
being educated. If you still have kids who need to be educated, I'm
that you'll realize that cheap isn't always best.
property tax rates, averaging 1.82%. So, it is possible that Terry
lives in a county where his total property tax bill is over 2%. But,
property taxes are used for more than schools. With the reduction in
federal programs, states are increasingly turning to local taxes to
cover costs for essential services. His local property tax bill is used
to fund Texas government programs at both the local and state level.
Typically property tax bills come with a description of how the money is
used, but it is unlikely that even half of it is used for schools.
But, you are right. Cheap isn't always best and evidently in Texas,
expensive isn't always best either! Texas ranks 32nd in elementary
schools and 33rd in middle schools.
As retirees, a lot of us are losing our health insurance, so cheap has to
one consideration. Although, cheap may not be better in looking to the
future and the possibility of needing some of the services not provided
areas with low taxes. But who can really afford healthcare and education
their own? These are two areas where capitalism fails us and perhaps
should not be franchised.
government. The public schools are government schools.
If the schools were non-government, then they would be funded by
principles. You would pick the best one you could afford to send your kids
to...and demand an education appropriate to what you are paying for.
And if you didn't have kids, you wouldn't pay.
And if you were at the bottom of the earnings ladder, your kids probably
wouldn't get any education because the only kind you could afford would be
the cheapest (and probably the worst) or none at all. After all, eating and
rent do come ahead of such luxuries as going to the movies and educating our
kids. Calling that situation capitalism's fault wouldn't get poor peoples'
kids educated, or don't you think we (and the government that speaks for us)
have any obligation to get them educated?
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