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Young New Yorkers flee high taxes

Anti-tax advocates frequently argue that high tax rates drive away an area's richest residents.

Moving-day_sjlocke_iStock_000001214384XSmall2 Taxes also might prompt moves by those at the other end of the earnings scale, young adults just beginning their careers.

A recent poll by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion found that more than a third (36 percent) of New Yorkers younger than 30 are planning to leave the Empire State within the next five years.

Overall, the NY1/YNN-Marist Poll conducted last month found that 26 percent of adults in New York state plan to move someplace else in the next five years.

Why the relocation consideration? The New York economy.

Sixty-two percent of the poll respondents cited economic reasons like jobs, the cost of living or taxes as the reasons they plan to move.

When the survey responses are broken down further, the main reasons for the planned moves are:

  • Cost of living, 30 percent;
  • Taxes, 19 percent; and
  • Jobs, 10 percent.

"New Yorkers are feeling the financial squeeze on the home front. Right now, many young people do not see their future in New York State," says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "Unchecked, this threatens to drain the state of the next generation."

Here in Central Texas, we've had an influx of Californians over the last few years. Most Golden Staters have moved here for jobs. But they, too, have noted that the cost of living, especially the Lone Star State's relative housing bargains, and no-income-tax status were appealing reasons to relocate.

Have you moved recently or plan to relocate to another state soon? Why? Were or will taxes be a major factor in deciding where to live?

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I am planning to leave Texas upon retirement. OK no State Income Tax, but quite high property taxes, i.e. 6,300 plus (after the nearly 1,000 decrease due to State legislative action) for a house appraised this tax year for 264k. Nice house but fairly pedestrian in the MetroPlex. With a pension of approx. 55k, at age 55, I will have paid $60,000 (at Least) just for the privilege of living in Texas for 10 more years to get the "senior" exemption. That's an outrage imho. Municipal water is skyrocketing averaging better than $200 per month to water my .33 lot which has little grass due to all the beds built with 70 odd trees. 3 months this summer resulted in water bills of mid 300's and 2 in the mid $400's. If I can't enjoy my yard, what's the point? Thinking of Colorado...buying a 36 acre lot w/ the house. Property taxes on a 300k property as such would be around 1,200 dollars. Income on the 1st 20,000 is shielded from state income taxes. Anyway, we're real disappointed in our forced march out of Texas due to the factors discussed above.

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