By now, regular readers have figured out that ‘Puter lives somewhere in the Greater Rochester area of Upstate New York.
Some of ‘Puter’s frequent readers have queried as to why ‘Puter, raging libertarian conservative, lives in deep blue New York. It’s simple folks: Mrs. ‘Puter insisted. And, all things considered, Upstate is a great place to live, except for the politics and the taxes. Heck, ‘Puter’s even gotten used to Rochester winter’s “darkness at noon” theme, where the sun disappears in November, not to be seen through the slate gray clouds again until March.
But today may have changed ‘Puter’s mind about Upstate living. ‘Puter’s county is now officially number one in the country in the ratio of assessed house value to taxes paid. The average house value is $134,500, and the average property tax burden is 2.89% of that, or $3,891. ‘Puter’s actually got it worse. He lives in a village, and thus has the following real property taxes: county, school, town, village, library district and fire district. All told, ‘Puter pays nearly $8,000 each year on a house assessed at $194,500.
And yet the national pundits wonder why New Yorkers are voting for Carl Paladino in droves? Could it be that his low tax/smaller government mantra is closer to the heart of the voter than Andrew Cuomo’s “let’s form another government committee to study the problem for five years” solution?
Nah, couldn’t be.