We moved to North Carolina from Pleasant Valley. it was difficult to find work near home. I had been working as a contractor and renting apartments in distant places for short-term jobs (while paying mortgage for home in Pleasant Valley. Finally decided it was best to move where there is an abundance of jobs (Software Development). We sold our house at a loss but I'm glad I did. My salary is higher, work is 5 miles from home, taxes and cost of living are lower. and weather is much better.
Already left.. Moved to Delaware. Best thing I ever did! Dutchess county is falling apart. Not only is it ridiculously expensive to live but the drugs have taken over and I can count on two hands how many people I know have died from drugs. It's an epidemic and it needs to stop.
Taxes in New York $8000. Taxes in South Carolina $750. No brainier on leaving this welfare state filled with parasites. I feel sorry for those who for what ever reason can not leave . High taxes and greedy politicians what a great state!
HIGH PROPERTY TAX, HIGH SCHOOL TAX, HIGH INCOME TAX, NY IS THE TAXING CAPITAL OF THE USA.
THE ONLY ONES WHO HAVE IT GOOD ARE ON WELFARE AND MEDICAID BECAUSE THEY PAY NOTHING INTO THE SYSTEM ONLY CONSUME ALL THE BENEFITS.OF COURSE WE CANNOT FORGET OUR GREAT POLITICAL LEADERS LIKE SHELDON SILVER AND THE REST
OF THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS IN ALBANY. I WONDER WHY ANYONE WOULD LEAVE NY
Hell, I already left!
Except for the welfare crowd, entitlement seekers and far left nut jobs who wants to be here?
When you have companies like Gannett, The Poughkeepsie Journal, turning a thriving work force down to an outsourced group of workers with departments spread all over yhe US and long term workers let go, how are people going to stay in Dutchess?
We are counting the days. We've lived in Beekman 34 years. Raised our kids here. They have moved to a more affordable area. The Arlington school taxes have finally broke the camels back. We are moving down south to the Carolinas where the costs and taxes are more reasonable. Bye Bye outrageous Arlington School Taxes!
We can't afford to stay here. We paid of our house. We just hit our early 50's. We SHOULD be able to live here. No way. My spouse's company sold out to a larger corporation. He lost a job that made 50K a year. His last job made $9.97hr. My taxes are over 8K a year for a 2000sq ft cape on .29 acre. It's not a freaking McMansion. My salary with a local district is 37K a year-before taxes. After taxes, health insurance and dues, it's 22K a year. It's ridiculous. Yet taxpayers are maxed out. But the support staff can't afford to live here. I do have a degree in hospitality and tourism management. That only pays minimum wage here. $9hr. We were born and raised here.
Utilities are through the roof. Gas prices aren't cheap. Let's look at car insurance rates-they are so high now because of all the newbies that moved here that have caused accidents, which in turns raises our rates. Yet, we've never had a claim Jobs don't pay locals enough to live and work in Dutchess County. Where are the jobs that meet the medium income? Who is truly paying a living wage?
There's little to no new construction going on here-you don't see concrete mixers running around all day-that means your economy in your area is in the tank. This area is doomed.
Young minorities won't try to get jobs in teaching here. Let's face it. Who can afford to take a job with student loans that only pay @38K a year to start? Have you seen the costs of rent here? $1200+ a month for a one bedroom/studio apartment? Districts here are chasing away their kids they educated because starting salaries aren't enough to bring bright young talent here.
Unless NYS stops industries to start here such as manufacturing, NYS won't have anything to recommend it to workers. Other than being taxed to death.
When we get to pay $14,000 in land in school taxes (mainly due to the money-gobbling machine called Arlington School District) for a modest home in LaGrangeville - getting out is the thing we think about every single day.
With the high taxes, hemmoraging job force, and lack of political leadership (state level), I can't imagine how anyone isn't...
The cost of electricity, the cost of school, land, and town, and fire taxes. Thank you to our volunteer firemen if all towns had paid firefighters imagine what your taxes would be. The area is becoming overcrowded you can not get ahead around here. Our children are doomed with
high rents unless they come from a well to do family that can help them i do not see my a future in dutchess county. And not to mention the $50.00 registration fee we pay for each automobile every 2 years that goes to the MTA to ease the burden on the people working in NYC that make the big bucks it is a beautiful area but when I retire I may stay in ny but definitely leaving dutchess county