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Oct 27, 2009 11:03AM
If it's from MSN or Forbes.................take it with a grain of salt!
Aug 11, 2009 5:21AM
At that "rate" of taxes ...... I think "everyone" ought to just stop paying them.   Then they'll State will get the message.   They can throw everyone in jail at one time!  Open-mouthed
Aug 10, 2009 3:14PM
  • I live in Warren PA, I grew up in Buffalo area I have never live in a state that for the past 3 week our state employees haven't been getting paid because our government
  • hasn't come up with a budget. I also live in a county that either property taxes are
  • outrageous, or I to have permit for everything I done including a 3 foot blow up pool from Wal-Mart. I may live in hillbilly town but, this has gotten a little much. Sad
Jul 21, 2009 5:30PM
Open-mouthedWashington is not tax freindly at all, much less Seattle. Did some real state people gave you this information? Move to Seattle, see if you save money living here.
Jul 21, 2009 3:56PM
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  I live in chicago, Our sales tax is 10.25%.  Every time you go grocery shopping they charged you an extra tax for soda, laundry detergents, ect...  The writer of this article needs to find another job, obviously he/she doesn't have a ****@kin# clue.

If Mayor Daley could Charge you taxes to take a dump he would.  Parking charges are another story... Please don't get me started with the freaking tax issue in Chicago.
Jul 21, 2009 2:14PM

In times of recession, the government should downsize as well. If my family members are out of work, maybe government officials should be as well. They might work towards solving problems if they do not know where the money to pay for their living expenses will be coming from.

I live in a state that has property taxes that supposedly pay for education (I think that was outlawed off the state books about 30 years ago but still continues), has a state tax, city tax, sales tax, fees for cars, licenses, school activities, extracurricular courses, (remember have that property tax to pay for public education but need additional dollars for these classes). So far, any form of government we have for the people and by the people is gone. I see for the government, by the government. Spend and waste.

Too bad there seems to be no way for the Americans that are the backbone of the country to have a voice that government listens to. I would love to have a job that after 8 years, I get a salary, body guards, oh and a pension that has nothing to do with social security. Mandatory for us lowly citizens to pay into. If it is so great, let the government have the same opportunities I have. Pay into social security and help make it solvent. Retire on your 403b or 401K with whatever your company will match if anything. Maybe if you get down with what your country's people deal with, the government officials might really understand, for the people and by the people.

Jul 21, 2009 1:32PM
Unfortunately, the author is misinformed about the State of New Hampshire, which has been nickleing and diming their citizenry to death with outrageous real estate taxes in lieu of what other states absorb in the form of sales tax ; in addition, there is a 9% meals/ rooms and vehicle sales tax which has also recently been tacked on to campgrounds here.  Potential residents beware.............Things ain't that great in the 'Live Free or Die" stateSarcastic..............
Jul 21, 2009 12:33PM

I have lived in a few of the cities mentioned and this article is not really accurate. It really does depend on lifestyle, income, education, etc.


For instance Jacksonville may not have state tax, but property tax is crazy and they tax most sale items. Quality of life is not that great either, the schools are horrid and high crime.


It does not make sense to move just to make a lot less in income and pay more for the same lifestyle, just to save little bit in taxes. You get what you pay for.

Jul 21, 2009 12:33PM
I live in Jacksonville, Florida.  I am taxed out of my goard.  Who ever wrote this aricle just made stuff up absolutely.  There is no no no no no truth to this statistic.  Get off that crack pipe...
Jul 21, 2009 11:46AM
Chicago #10, what b.s.

The media has abdicated all objectivity. This is nothing more than tyranny over the minds of man and quite insulting.

"But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years."
Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Benjamin Rush, September 23, 1800
Jul 21, 2009 10:49AM
It's obvious that whoever wrote information on Seattle hasn't a clue.  The State of Washington is in the top 5 of the U.S. when it comes to tax impact on the residents.  Even tho we don't have an income tax (which the governor queen and her lackeys in the legislature are trying to get) all of our other taxes...ie: gas taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, business taxes, etc, more than make up for the lack of an income tax.  Whoever wrote the article should come and live here for 6 months to a year, and they would change their minds quickly, when they looked at "net" income after tax burden. 
Jul 21, 2009 9:56AM
Ack!  Stay away from Anchorage.  The prices on houses are horrible.  Who wants to live in the frozen north anyways!!  Stay away!  Stay away!  Pleeeaaase stay away!
Jul 21, 2009 8:33AM

It goes without saying that the information posted on the internet must be taken with a grain of salt.  I live in the Chicago metro area and the tax burden here is insane.  It may be even worse than when I lived in Los Angeles.  Various others have described the numerous taxes and hidden charges so I won't go into those.  But, I will add that if you have children attending public school, you need to add on about $200 per kid for registration fees.  It's true.  (And you thought your property taxes would take care of that.)  Only in Chicagoland will you find librarians at the local high school pulling down $120,000 per year in salary.

It's a sick world when you pay the kinds of taxes we all pay and get so little for it.  The bottom line is that taxes are out of control for all Americans.  Government at all levels is the very definition and embodiment of waste and inefficiency.  Government doesn't know how to spend wisely, make rational decisions, and eliminate waste.  All they know how to do is raise taxes and they've figured out all kinds of ways to sneak them past us.

Jul 21, 2009 7:22AM
Some Day this countries citizens will awaken from the ether and realize that if we keep voting into office the same people and the same parties all we can expect is for them to continue to take more and more of our money.  When the taxes you pay reach 60% of your income will you wake up then?  Or will it take a 70% chunk to get you to start paying attention? Well both are just around the corner if we stay on the spending path we are on today. Local, County, State, and Federal governments are all looking for more ways to tax you.  They can not understand the concept of stop spending in hard times. Their motto is add more taxes so we can continue to spend.  They are all on a spending cocaine high and can not get off.  So what you have in this article is nothing but smoke and mirrors.  Today these cities may have reasonable tax rates, although I doubt it based on comments here, but tomorrow may be a very different story as our governments continue toward the goals of being all things to all people.  Taxes will continue to rise unless you exercise your powers to stop it.  Stop talking about it and become active in trying to stop it. With the money our governments have collected over the years our streets should be paved in gold but because of inefficiencies, incompetent elected officials, corruption, and greed they keep coming to you demanding more of your money. You can continue to be the sheep that you are or take a stand and raise up and say enough is enough.  Send the jackals back home and elect responsible representatives that respect you and want to protect your money and your country.  Then when an article like this one is written in the future it will have more acceptance in fact and can be trusted to be true.
Jul 21, 2009 7:08AM
The Chicago estimate is off.  The sales tax in the city is 10.25% (insanity) and the average property taxes are in the $6,000 range.  Maybe information on the internet is worth researching further...
Jul 21, 2009 6:41AM
Please go back to the drawing board for our figures. I live in a very small 1200 sq. ft. home in the Chicago area and my property taxes are over $4,200.00 a year! Furtheermore sales tax in Chicago when added to the Cook County tax is 12.5%. You people need a reality check!!!!!!!
Jul 21, 2009 6:00AM
You should live in Taxachusetts if you want to support the politicians.Sad
Jul 21, 2009 5:23AM

Hmmmm.....well we all know the lowest taxes are the states run by republicans. Yet all you people want is Obama, people need to wake up. And Sarah Palin's state is the best....imagine that. It is no surprise to me.  The bottom line is government is corrupt, the congress is corrupt, the president is corrupt. Republicans believe small government and low taxes, liberals believe in big government and high taxes. Do you really want 60%+ of your paycheck going to government like England and Germany?? It is coming thanks to Obama and the corrupt media and the people that voted him in. No, I am not a repulican, they are corrupt too. I believe in small government, low taxes and the constitution, yes the one that is being violated on a daily basis in this pathetic government we have.

Jul 21, 2009 2:52AM
I would like to know what type of property they based their figure for property tax in Chicago.  I assume they are talking real estate tax.  This tax would cover a 1 room studio appartment maybe.
Jun 23, 2009 6:16AM
I don't know where they get their information, but it can't be from actual tax bills, or they would know property taxes are higher than that figure.  Car registration numbers are for one vehicle, too, especially since we have the IM costs added on.  They should really check reliable sources before printing information about Anchorage, AK.
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