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Old August 22nd, 2019, 07:35 PM #11
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 09:28 PM #12
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This might help . . .

http://www.openpagov.org/school_taxes.asp
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 09:47 PM #13
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So the tax on a $250K house in York City would be $2242/$8435, in Lewisberry would be $400/$3672.
I would never pay that. NEVER NEVER NEVER. That is confiscatory and ridiculous.
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 10:41 PM #14
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I looked on York, Lancaster, and Hanover. I thought the property taxes were rediculous. I am going to retire and they don't tax retirement. I'm not sure PA is better than MF from a tax perspective when you consider total burden.
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Old August 27th, 2019, 09:44 AM #15
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Broaden your search area some. Just got back from our place at 7 Springs last night. Frederick is just about 2 hours from there. (219 South to I68 and across) Lots of real estate up that way to consider. https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...rset-County_PA
Like others have said and you already know, school taxes can vary widely, sometimes across the street or next door can make a difference.
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Old August 27th, 2019, 12:03 PM #16
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Years ago, we lived in Shrewsbury Township, YORK county. Home to the Southern School District. The school district "controlled" the tax situation. Everytime they decided they needed more funds, the tax rate climbed automatically. Beware of townships/counties wherein the School District controls the Taxes.
You will constantly hear that well worn phrase,..."It's for the children".... yea right!!!! Those who are Retired, usually have empty nests, and have little direct interest in schools and/or system that allow the school system to control taxes.......
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Old August 27th, 2019, 01:21 PM #17
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Any ideas where these school taxes might be marginal? Thanks
I just moved from Manchester MD to Hanover PA and did a lot of research on this topic. Unlike MD, where you pay a county, state and federal income tax, here in PA the individual school districts can levy their own taxes. Some school districts are low and others can be very high. This is in addition to the property tax you would pay to your local municipality. I believe that PA does not have an income tax on retirement as well--You still have to pay the property taxes.

The short answer to your question is go to Zillow.com and look at the listings. Do a wide search and it will list both property tax and the school district tax on the individual listings.

That said, it's very hard to compare apples-to-apples from MD to PA. There are cost of living differences that are hard to quantify. My personal income tax went down 3% moving to PA. My property+school tax went up 100+% (from about $1800 to now $4,200. Other things though are cheaper, electricity, natural gas, trash, etc. Fuel for car is higher as they have the second highest gas tax in the country. Lucky for us, my wife and I both work in MD so we fill up there.

Overall I would say we are doing better financially. Getting my carry permit for $20 and 3 days was pretty nice too!

If you can, try to live in Adams county. They have cheaper taxes, fewer restrictions and no year vehicle emission test. That would be a pretty easy commute to Frederick. Good luck!
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DE is cheaper for now. At work we get a bunch of PA, NY an NJ moving to DE for retirement.
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DE is cheaper for now. At work we get a bunch of PA, NY an NJ moving to DE for retirement.
On average, our best estimates are showing a maximum yearly savings of $3600/year in select PA locations, and about $2300/year in DE just about anywhere not TOO close to the beach.

Across 12 months, the savings aren't extraordinary. But, we can save considerably on a mortgage, downsize a bit, and enjoy more firearm freedoms. And be closer to the beach in DE. We have shifted our search....

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And let’s not forget...Delaware has TAX FREE shopping so that saves you a bunch thru the year!
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