I agree with you crissybird! I am in the snowbelt off the Great Lakes (Lake Erie) south of Buffalo - famous for Blizzard '77, Ice Storm '78, Blizzard 2000 and The October Surprise 2006. It’s nothing for us to drive through tons of snow as if it was not even there! And I am making 2007 my year to get out of this state! We have taxes on top of taxes with a dab of taxes on top of that.
Years ago we were an area with successful plants, manufacturers and everyone had money and a job or two. Now you can’t find a job - all the plants and manufacturing places are gone and it’s been a mass exodus out of the area.
I love when the politicians get excited over a new company coming to town and giving “x” amount of jobs - most of them are in telemarketing positions - like that is a real job. Minimum wage with little perks for harrassing people on the phone. Sorry - to me - that is not a job.
Our schools are falling apart, teachers are being laid off and more and more jobs are folding. Houses are being abandoned and everyone wants to get out of here - including us!
We don’t have to worry about septic or sewer and water lines here like you do - but - we have our share of going without water with all the broken pipelines during the cold months! I dread those darn water main breaks - it can take days to fix. And with the winds whipping off the lake - we lose power and cable quite often.
Our prices are ridiculous - for everything. And get this one - they decided to build wind mills for electricity - to make it cheaper for us to have power. So what do they do - they build them - they are not working yet and they charge everyone $15 for this “sevice” - like that makes sense! And of course there are most likely “hidden” charges for this that we don’t see on our bill but we are paying!
Most heat and cook with natural gas which goes up every year. First it’s the gas price going up, then it’s the pipe that brings it to the street that they raise a fee on, then it’s the pipe that brings it to the house that they raise a fee on, then it’s the pipe that brings it to the area that they raise a fee on - and it just never stops! You know the routine - the toe bone’s connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone’s connected to the knee bone, etc. And everyone has their hand in the pot for $$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Many of our farmers have gotten out of growing veggies and fruits for market because they find that there is more money in grapes (wine making). The few that are left know that they are the only ones growing the stuff so the prices are high. If you try to buy produce in a supermarket - it’s all third rate and expensive. If you don’t eat it before you get it home - it’s got to go in the trash! And that is not an exaggeration either!
In some areas you put in a garden and just before its time to “harvest” all your hard work - someone has raided the garden and your stuff is gone! POOF! If you have a fruit tree or two on your property - you’re prime target for the thieves.
I don’t think it is going to get any better either. Having a farm is a lot of work and it takes a lot of time. You are lucky to have the land - but it is so much work if you wanted to start growing as much as you can for yourself. Then there is all the work of canning and freezing.
Since the October Surprise where I lost so much from the freezers - I try not to freeze too much. Not until after I move and I get one of those generators that run off your natural gas line. I wouldn’t dare put a generator outside here - it would be gone before I turned around after I had it installed!
Hopefully you will be able to find a place that is more affordable to live. It’s very hard these days. Where I am - you can rent a house for $800 - $1600 per month. “Cheap” rent averages well over $500 per month. And with each increase in property taxes the landlords raise the rent.
You wonder if it is better to own or rent - both can be quite pricy and you end up paying in the end.
And yet - our country insists on supporting the world and neglecting everyone who lives here. Our politicians don’t care about jobs for us - illegal immigrants will do it if we don’t. As long as politicians are having their pockets lined with tax money they don’t care where it comes from. And it seems like no one is monitoring what is going on with taxes and utilities - not to mention gasoline!