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Considering a Move from Texas to Georgia

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    Traffic is a nightmare both inside and outside the "perimeter". A local rock radio station daily refers to I-85 as the "highway to hell" with good
    reason. GA is a fairly high tax state and doesn't give a lot of breaks to retired folks. There are some pretty cool places in Atlanta though... IF you survive the traffic!
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    Wife and I are looking for a good last home and are looking at Fayette County, GA (south of Atlanta). Home prices and property taxes are way cheaper than where we are now in Central Illinois. We are really trying to move out of Illinois and the Atlanta area is a first choice for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    "Georgia seems to tax a LOT of your basic need's,..."

    Come to think of it, I do recall my time there in the '70s as being nickeled and dimed with GA taxes. It's worth investigating the "real" tax costs for any state before moving there.
    Auto registration ate my lunch (2 cars,4 bikes). Tax on food. Gas cost MORE. Walmart stuff (yeah, I know, BUT a good indicator) was 15% more, PLUS it varied from store to store on cost of same items, which it doesn't seem to in the greater Houston area.
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    Yeah, I loved living in coastal Georgia but the taxes... I'm happy going back for a visit but I don't think I'd want to live there again. Anywhere near ATL would be a solid no under any conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illusive Man View Post
    Wife and I are looking for a good last home and are looking at Fayette County, GA (south of Atlanta). Home prices and property taxes are way cheaper than where we are now in Central Illinois. We are really trying to move out of Illinois and the Atlanta area is a first choice for us.
    Good friend lives in Peachtree City. It's MUCH nicer down there. Newnan is real nice too. My Glock brother lives there. Only has to commute to Smyrna couple of times a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Bob View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete63 View Post
    Good friend lives in Peachtree City. It's MUCH nicer down there. Newnan is real nice too. My Glock brother lives there. Only has to commute to Smyrna couple of times a week.
    We found a few houses we liked in Peachtree City, but they are going to be out of your price range. I agree with you on Newnan. McDonough is also nice. Neither of us will have to leave home in the mornings, so traffic is not a concern. It also puts me closer to my mother in Riverdale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illusive Man View Post
    We found a few houses we liked in Peachtree City, but they are going to be out of your price range. I agree with you on Newnan. McDonough is also nice. Neither of us will have to leave home in the mornings, so traffic is not a concern. It also puts me closer to my mother in Riverdale.
    Can relate to the price range. Where my friend lives, EVERYONE has a golf cart, or 4 wheeler; don't use their car, but drive them to the store & visit friends. He own's his own business. $$$$
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    With my VA rating I get a decent break on some of the ridiculous taxes in GA (one vehicle no ad valorem tax; I think an $81k deduction from the property tax appraised value after they do their standard 40%; part of the military retirement is not taxed (I think up to $40K), etc. Right now in the exploratory stage and besides my time at Benning, I also lived in Lawrenceville at one point in my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illusive Man View Post
    Wife and I are looking for a good last home and are looking at Fayette County, GA (south of Atlanta). Home prices and property taxes are way cheaper than where we are now in Central Illinois. We are really trying to move out of Illinois and the Atlanta area is a first choice for us.
    My wife and I grew up in and around Champaign. Still have family there in Mahomet and Tuscola. We go back to visit fairly regularly. There are still good deals on homes, if one it willing to live in the small farm communities 20-30 miles out of CU. The problem is they are still in Illinois. A move to rural Georgia would be a godsend for an Illinois resident looking to escape the frigid icebox and government corruption that is Illinois. It's a shame that Chicago is still part of Illinois because if you could separate Cook and the surrounding counties from the rest of the state, it could be nice place to live.

    Best of luck on your last home search.
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    The taxes on vehicles has changed. Tax paid at time of purchase with no ad valorum going forward. I have one that gets taxed and one that doesn't. Don't know how they deal with a vehicle from another state.
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    I know this does not apply to you, but since others have mentioned GA treatment of retirees: If you are married and over 65, GA exempts the first $130,000 in income, ($65,000 if single). In addition, if you file for the "homestead exemption" your property taxes are lower. If you are 65 or over you can also file for an exemption for school taxes. That alone can save a couple thousand dollars a year.

    Since you mentioned Lawrenceville, you are definitely referring to Gwinnett county.

    Some of the public schools are probably best avoided (I have no children, so I have no direct knowledge about the schools). Some exceptions that come to mind are Mill Creek, Grayson, and Archer. As someone else has mentioned, Gwinnett County has an enormous school system. Last year I read there were 140,000 students in the system. To be honest, most of the people I know, that have children, send their children to private schools or have gone toward home schooling.

    Park system is great, there seem to be parks all over.

    Sales tax in Gwinnett is 6% (4% GA 2% County) but that is likely to increase since the powers that be are trying to bring MARTA into Gwinnett County.

    I read last year, the demographics are split pretty evenly in Gwinnett County: roughly 25% White, 25% Black, 25% Latino, and 25% Asian. All these numbers are approximate, with about a 2%-3% variance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airslot View Post
    The taxes on vehicles has changed. Tax paid at time of purchase with no ad valorum going forward. I have one that gets taxed and one that doesn't. Don't know how they deal with a vehicle from another state.
    That is really good news. I remember the ad valorum tax (and not fondly). As for out of state, we may end up paying the tax when the car is registered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAS_Shooter View Post
    My wife and I grew up in and around Champaign. Still have family there in Mahomet and Tuscola. We go back to visit fairly regularly. There are still good deals on homes, if one it willing to live in the small farm communities 20-30 miles out of CU. The problem is they are still in Illinois. A move to rural Georgia would be a godsend for an Illinois resident looking to escape the frigid icebox and government corruption that is Illinois. It's a shame that Chicago is still part of Illinois because if you could separate Cook and the surrounding counties from the rest of the state, it could be nice place to live.

    Best of luck on your last home search.
    We are in Champaign now. We didn't even think about Mahomet or Tuscola because we thought that if we are going to buy another house and move, let's get out of Illinois.
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