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That is rarely the case, usually police and firefighters in major cities who get lots of overtime and put their lives on the line, not other municipal/state/federal workers. My son, a teacher in a well to do and liberal Boston suburb, needs to work a minimum of 37 years for full retirement benefits and has no opportunity for overtime.

And 22 plus 37 is what? 59. I guarantee you the new teachers are not going to get that even while they are working.

Property taxes have been high in NY state for decades, this isn;t new. Property tax of $10-20k sounds like a pretty big house. When my parents retired, they couldn't afford the property taxes on their close-in suburban NYC home. Rather than downsize to a neighborhood of small homes or move into a non-luxury condo of less than 3 BRs and 2BAs, they moved to a lower cost of living state in a warm climate (no more snow storms or icy roads).

When we bought our 80 year old house with 1.5 baths in 1994 the taxes were 6 grand, which is still outrageous. They are up to almost 10 grand. People who have a "big" house pay almost 30 grand, if it's new, 22 grand if it's a gagillion years old....more if they had the audacity to improve it or make it bigger outside it's original foot print.

Moreover, you don't know what you are talking about. Did your rent? Doesn't matter, the rent reflects all the costs including the property taxes.

If you want to live in a big house and/or on a big lot in a state with good public infrastructure and services, it costs money.

I don't live in a big house and the infrastructure is not being taken care of, or do you sing a differenct song, when saying the infrastructure is crumbling so that's why they need more.
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