Originally Posted by wnytaxman
NY is not the only state that requires special licensing for RV's over 40 feet or over 26,000 pounds. It is getting to be more common and is probably a good thing.
Someone mentioned the costs to live here in Upstate NY and what surprises many is that it is cheaper to live here than many states for retirees. There is no tax on Social Security income and your first $20,000 of retirement income is exempt for each person over 59 and a half and government pensions are not taxed at all. No personal property taxes either.
Perhaps - but most of the things you mention here are applicable to retired persons. What about the young couple trying to buy a home and raise a family or people who are not able to retire?
The day to day taxes, fees, tolls, etc. are overwhelming. I paid 10-15 cents more for a gallon of diesel once I crossed into NYS than I paid in any of the other states. And the tolls on the NYS Thurway - that road was being build when I was a teenager in the 1950's and it surely must be paid for by now, but you would never know that by the toll amounts.
In Texas, private investors built a toll road between Dallas and Fort Worth with the stipualation that when the building costs were paid off, the road would become toll free. Several years ago, the costs were paid off and that highway that was once a toll road is now the toll free Interstate 30.
And while I believe we Texans pay more for property and auto insurance and our electricity costs are high, we do not have a state income tax - so that helps.