As someone who comes from an area where property taxes are around 1%, seeing what we have to pay here was shocking to say the least. Then after a year here, we get a notice that our taxes are going up another $200 per month. PER MONTH! Now it isn't the taxes that amaze me as much as the complacency of those being taxed. I can only assume a huge level of Stockholm Syndrome (sympathizing with your abuser) has set it. Of course most of the increase is going to the schools. That's the reason people grin and bear it. It shouldn't be, folks. It simply shouldn't be. My former home, Northern Virginia, has excellent services and excellent schools so any thought that we are getting more here doesn't float. Actually, Ii could argue that Northern Virginia gets BETTER services. That's for another time though. For now I am just wondering when people will finally put their collective feet down and say "we can't take it anymore!".