An interesting point came up when D hosted a couple of his team members who were up visiting from South Carolina and Florida.
First off, they were disgusted with our weather. The last time they came up, it was 8 C and that was enough to cause complaints. This time, they didn't have words as they were so cold.
At lunch, D's friend's (from Michigan) housing struggles came up during a conversation about housing and school districts. The one lady from South Carolina who moved about 4 years ago piped up and said she didn't think 9K was a lot in property tax. She paid much more...to the tune of 22K a year for a 160K house!!
The other fellow, from Florida was a young guy who is considering buying his first house. So far he hadn't come across such numbers yet in his search. He was shocked at the amount as well.
In Canada, we pay taxes according to how much the house and land are valued. It has nothing to do with school districts. So you would never find a house worth 160K with a 22K property tax price tag. You would have to own a house in the millions or be waterfront in a popular cottage area (same difference) to have those kind of taxes.
If you don't want to send your kids to the school in your area, you can choose to apply to another school but it would be your responsibility to get them there. It happened to me during my last year of high school. My parents moved so I applied for "flexible boundary" and took public transit to get there. Had I decided to go to the art school instead of a regular highschool, it would have been an even bigger commute. Thank goodness we have options like that here.
***Speaking of housing costs, I just got our bank's annual mortgage summary. In 2012, D paid $23304 in principal and $1599 in interest. No complaints there.***