Jan 26, 2010, 1:28 PM
Post #21 of 33
I think that is an excellent point, LostinMex. I am astounded at how low my property taxes are here compared to the last place I paid property taxes in the USA. A small Midwest town with excellent quality of life, in part because of the taxes and the services they paid for. There was no industrial tax base there at all. It was all financed by local property taxes, or similar.
For much the same reason that I cannot bring myself to join IMSS and add to the burdens that system is already struggling with, I cannot in good conscience apply for any further discounts on my property taxes here in Mexico.
I have a tiny house here in Hermosillo, Sonora. Lot: 140 sq. meters; living area: 97.54 square meters. My taxes this year with 10% discount for paying before 1 March, 683 pesos. The house is barely two years old in one of the newest parts of town, in a nice, walled, gated residencial. My partner says it is a slightly upper-middle class neighborhood. Lots of professionals and civil servants and newer cars.
I would happily pay 10 times as much, 20 times, if we could get some law enforcement in my neighborhood. I always assumed there were no laws to deal with the complaints I have about various activities and behaviors in this neighborhood, but my Mexican partner assures me the laws exist but have never been enforced and never will be. I did see the Water Gestapo give my neighbor a ticket for washing his car. I drew a quick lesson from the experience.
When the PAN recently took over the Sonora state and Hermosillo city government after many years of PRI governance, we are starting to see some changes: people getting tickets for speeding and running red lights and stop signs. There is apparenly also a crack down on vendors and entertainers who block/hinder traffic and people who use cell phones while driving. In this one can find dim hope for continued improvement.