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Why Don't Businesses Hire Veterans


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#46 Davidson Deac II

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 12:56 PM

Misleading.
North Carolina has a multi-layered tax system. You income and assets (annual vehicle taxes for example) are both taxed. You pay sales tax on food. For some reason, food in NC costs generally 150-200% more than what I was accustomed to paying. Utilities are ridiculous here. This past winter, a warm winter, I was paying nearly $300 a month to heat my modestly small home while I was paying around $140-$170 to heat a much larger house in WA during much colder winters. Property tax rates where I lived were a few cents less than here, but the property value was much higher, negating the differences.

Based on my experience, the only thing that has a lower cost in NC is car insurance.

The biggest hurdle to me moving back that way is the initial cost of moving across the country and getting re-settled. I did it in early 2011 to come this way. Its not something I want to do again soon.


Guess that depends on where you are moving from and to.

I know that moving from Virginia Beach/Norfolk to Winston saved me a ton of money in food and housing. My rent in 1998 for a two bedroom condo in VA Beach was higher than my mortgage now. And my sister inlaw living in Southern California paid twice as much for a smaller house with less land. And her property tax is 5 times what mine is.

On the other hand, one of my coworkers lives in Iowa, and paid next to nothing for his land.

#47 Niner National

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 01:41 PM

Misleading.
Utilities are ridiculous here. This past winter, a warm winter, I was paying nearly $300 a month to heat my modestly small home while I was paying around $140-$170 to heat a much larger house in WA during much colder winters.

Electricity is fairly cheap here unless you live in the eastern part of the state. Many of the eastern municipalities are about as expensive as the northeast.

Electricity in Washington state is definitely very cheap though. They get most of their energy from hydro, which is the cheapest form of energy available.

Your home shouldn't cost that much to heat or cool here though. You must have a very inefficient house. My power bill last month was $48 and I have a 1400 square foot, 3 story townhome. I know that's not huge, but its not a small place either. It's spring, so that is part of why it was low, but it should only be around $120 in the peak of summer/winter.