Annette, you said "Of course if taxes are a major consideration for purchasing a home, perhaps the budget is way too tight. "
As a potential buyer I am seriously looking at ALL taxes in the 4 states I am considering buying in. If it so happens that state #2 has the best taxes for me overall I will buy there. It is NOT about not being able to AFFORD more taxes, it is about not WANTING to pay them. After all, why should I move to a place that I know will tax me 3 times what another place would cost?
Many of us are not so foolish as to throw away money knowing that a certain place will cost to much. Look at new york and new jersey. Their high taxes, property and income have driven over 1 million people away. Taxes are a REAL concern. People do not feel they should have to pay tons of taxes and get almost nothing in return.
How many people buy some property and get nothing but roads and fire protection? It is hard to say I should pay $5,000 a year in property taxes when all I get this year is the same roads that my car registration pay for. The school systems almost everywhere use about 3/4 of the tax base. And most of the people do not have kids in school. So that is no help to those owners is it?
The states need to learn this lesson and keep taxes reasonable.