Originally Posted by honda03842
People that live in NH pay about half the yearly tax bill of neighboring states including fees.
Gosh Norm, that's just silly. NH has a county based government which is certainly more efficient than VTs town based structure. But more central locations mean bigger bureaucracy, longer wait times, larger schools, and greater travel times. Schools cost money, teachers in NH don't work for free. The roads and bridges cost the same to repair. The fairies don't fill the pot holes over night. Government has to find the money to pay for it all. In NH they just find it in different places.
I looked at moving. What I found was that in my case the much higher property taxes offset any savings in not paying income tax. The high registration
fees for vehicles is no different than Vermont's purchase and use tax. And most of the stuff we buy is food which isn't taxed in either state. It was a wash. Everyone's tax situation is different. But I doubt many would see a savings by moving to NH especially if you include the costs; the moving expenses, the fees and taxes associated with buying a new home.
In general New England is expensive. Housing is expensive, taxes are high, and we all have the high cost of winter. We've travelled to some pretty nice places but we have yet to find somewhere we'd rather live. Raz