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Personal property tax is regulated by the county. The county just north of us is less than half of the county that my house is in. But my vehicles are "garaged" in the other county at a friends barn....I have a mailing address in that county.... And in that county anything over 10 or 15 years old the tax is pennies. It ages out... as the values go down.
They are changing the Farm Use tags and next year all vehicles will have to have a DMV Farm Use tag... one way for them to keep track of all the trailers and all that so they get more taxes.... One time purchase but you cannot switch the farm use tag to another vehicle... going to be a real big "bit#h session" when it takes effect... most people don't even realize it has been passed. I get that the original reason was to stop all the abuse of "farm use"....So many that do not have farms put it on their trucks and trailers to make trips to the dump etc... and kids will put it on trucks and then ride all over...and this has hurt the real farmers....
Because of the lawyer and all the legal stuff with my parents estate, I had to pay nearly $500 sales tax on the Explorer.... to get the new title....ONE MORE REASON to not like this vehicle.... GRRR:duc
 

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Had a decent day. Weather was nice, sunny and warm with a light breeze... seems like we always have a breeze anymore. 44 up to 74... tonight not supposed to be quite as cold and tomorrow sunny and warmer.
Did 2 loads of clothes and got them hung. Got another load in the wash that will go out in the morning. They will dry easy by afternoon before I have to go to work... but Thursday is only supposed to be clouding up so could probably bring them in mid day if I get short on time tomorrow.

Took the outback down to the garage and DS picked me up on his way home from work. Then he was loading some equipment to take to the consignment sale this Sat and needed me to help him get the old baler on the trailer. I rode down with him to get it unloaded and all... there is alot of stuff there. It is a once a month sale. They get huge crowds too and some things bring STUPID prices... Hope our stuff does good. He will go to it so he can bid it back in if it does not bring what he wants. He knows what it is worth for scrap metal price so if it does not bring enough he will bid it back and take some parts off and scrap it for metal. Often there are people looking for parts and an old one is worth more to them for the parts than it will bring for metal scrap prices. We do not have any balers like this one anymore so no point in keeping it for parts. Also an older side delivery rake that is a different model than what we have and use, so better to sell it. It is getting to hay making time and this is the time people start looking for things to use....
There are a few things I saw that I might be interested in... I am going to go down on Thursday and look and then make a list of things that I want DS to watch....

Couldn't get the mower to start and thought it was the battery. Had it on charge all night and NOTHING, not even a click. I checked the terminals, made sure the levers were all disengaged and all that... so finally texted DS and asked if he had a meter to check the battery. It is fine... he started to look at other things, connections and all... and found that when you depress the pedal to start it, the rod that pushed down was sliding by the little metal plate that makes the connection... anyway, he took and bent the little plate back a little bit and it started right up... YAY:celebrate
So, don't need a battery... maybe tomorrow I will be able to get the lawn mowed.
Got the meters and hoses in the car to take to the farm after I go to the dentist for my 8 a.m. appt... I will come home and get changed back into chore clothes... and then go set up... then come home and hang the clothes on the line.
Then, maybe mow????

Got a list of things that need to get done. Going to try to work the calves at the nurse cow pasture on Thursday or Friday.... if I can get them in. Try to get in the couple that I want to take to the sale on Sat too.... And get the bull out of there.... while we have the trailer there to get the couple out of there if I get them in....

Need to get the sample bottles in the racks so I can take the samples tomorrow eve and be done with it...

Guess that's all for today.....
 

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Vehicle reg is $33 annually, plus cost of tags
You have to get new plates every year??? I'm on my second set of the plates that I got in '86. Move the registration to each "next" vehicle. They should use better paint, every time I cross the border the agent asks what my plate "number" is. They never ask DD1 even though she's her car in front of me. I guess they can't read mine with their cameras?? I suppose I'll have to buy new plates in the not distant future.

Actually I'll have to ask DW if she was asked since she took the Prime to help DD1 move out of the apartment. Maybe I'm just suspicious looking. The Leaf clearly can't make it that far with the current dearth of quick charging stations between here and Sackville. And while she could have taken her '06 Prius I kinda figured it would be a better bet to take a car with 25,000 miles on it rather than the one with 250,000. Plus, no need to buy gas in Canada. If you think it is high here you really don't want to pay what they do.

We have sales taxes, too. Even on groceries, although less than other commodities.
No tax on not "prepared" groceries as Alaskan said. But I get a bit peeved about that. You have to pay a "rooms and meals" tax on a cooked chicken but you can buy all the junk food or frozen high sodium "dinners" you like with no tax. Nice way to entice people to eat more healthy food. No tax on clothing and shoes either.

Because of the lawyer and all the legal stuff with my parents estate, I had to pay nearly $500 sales tax on the Explorer.... to get the new title
Because you bought it rather than inheriting it I suppose.
 

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You have to get new plates every year??
Oh no...just decals. We pay 33 to state on pptx ea yr, then fees for decals/ tags are apprx 24 a yr, depends on weight. You can buy the decals for up to 3 yr at a time. For triple $$. 🤣 Yep. If you don't pay pptx, they can notify DMV and you can't buy decals. We can transfer tags as in old car to new one.

We pay 12% on restraurant/prepared foods, 2.5% on groc, and 6% gen mdse....nonfood, alcohol, clothes, auto parts, Etc.
 

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There is a sales tax on alcohol and cigarettes but it has been so long since I bought alcohol (last time was the amaretto and I didn't pay attention) and have never bought cigarettes or tobacco so couldn't tell if there is extra tax on that.

Yeah, I had to buy the explorer from the estate... and not only paid a sales tax but am making payments on the loan I took out for it, for now. Some other issues that I haven't talked about with it right now too.

Seems the explorer does not have 78,000 on it. I don't know if my brother actually read it for the lawyer... or if he didn't have his glasses on when he read it...or if he just said 78,000..... but.... it has 48,000+.... like 48,500 or so. I had signed the papers and all and got the tags. Then when they inspected it here, I saw that the inspection said 48,000 something... so I looked at it. Yep, 48,000+..... so I talked to the mechanic I use and he said he cannot fix it because it is on the new title....and who would want to turn it "up" rather than the way they used to turn the odometer's "back"... when people did that sort of cheating on mileage. :hide :idunno. So, I took it this morning when I went to the dentist appt and went by the Ford place because I also found out on the way home that there is a govenor on it... 80 mph. Now, I don't normally drive that fast... BUT on the highway with everyone going around you and all, staying at 70-75 is fine... until you get a slower vehicle in front of you and you want to go around them. And you have a tractor trailer breathing down your a$$ and you just want to get around the slower vehicle and get over... and it won't go over 80 and it like just stops accelerating at 80. It was not a good feeling. It is actually SCARY to know you can't go faster to get around a vehicle and you can't get back over into the right lane because you are alongside several vehicles....or to be able to stomp on the gas if an emergency of some sort happened and you had to get out of the way of a vehicle behind you.... I thought something was going "bad" or something... called DS who was a couple tenths of a mile ahead and told him... and he said that maybe something was wrong... but he called my brother and found out that my father had a govenor put on it... it is in the key thing.... so my mother couldn't go too fast when she was on the highway; because of her alzheimer's starting to show???? Who knows.... totally ridiculous... I mean at 80 mph if she had a problem she could be killed anyway... So, my mechanic said that is programmed in by ford and I would have to go to them....

So, the reason to take the explorer today since I was right in town at the dentist and a mile or so from the ford dealer here. I talked to them and they said if there were 2 keys to try the other key and it might only be restricted on the one key... an unrestricted key is the "administrator key".... and that they could reprogram the key for about $150... and I asked what it would be worth since I wasn't sure I was going to keep it... he said to go talk to the guys at the used car part of the dealership. Got to talking to a nice young guy that is from down this way... we know some of the same people and he knows my DS (don't know if that is good or bad)... but he ran the vin and said I would not believe what it was worth... with the 48,000 miles on it. Not quite twice what I paid for it....:ep
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Like really... trade in would be about 4-5,000 more and private sale would be in the 17-20,000 range. He said if I was not in love with it or if I didn't have sentimental attachment to it, that this is the time to sell it because used vehicles are crazy...... Then he told me that a friend of his just went through a similar deal with a vehicle, bought from an estate, father died, mileage recorded wrong... and some of the things that I would need, to go about fixing the title... and I mentioned the govenor on the key thing and he said that if only one key is restricted... something to do with the "my key setting".... that it sould be fixed in a few minutes and did not cost anything... for me to try the other key and if it didn't have any restrictions on it, to come by and it would take about 5 minutes to reprogram it. But if there was not an unrestricted "administrator key" and the restricted key, I would have to have it done there at the service dept. I asked why would someone do something like that and he said it is common, in say families with a new teenage driver, they can be restricted to not driving fast or over the speed limit and such... SOOO; I have the other key, I will take it out and drive it one day on the interstate here, and see if it is restricted on the 2nd key... if not I will go and get it changed. If so, then I will have to take it to be reprogrammed since one key is not the "administrator key"....
And I am going to see about going through the steps to get the title mileage fixed so it is right ... then seriously think about selling it. The used car rep also said not to worry about fixing the spots on the front of the hood... ford is known for them. It wouldn't be worth the money if I am not going to keep it.
All in all a very informative day.
Then get home, finished the one load of laundry and put another one in to hang in a bit... made a pbj sandwich. Get a call that there are 4 head of cattle out and they couldn't get ahold of Michael... go up there with a bucket and feed... and it is the 4 from the "blind calf lot"... how in the he// they got down the long driveway and down the road 2 tenths..on a busy road that they "fly down.... and of course when you are by yourself..... NOT a good thing. Called DS several times, called his GF and even tried her sister... I needed help... couldn't keep the cows in the front field to try to get these guys in through the gate... one is about totally blind and 2 of the others are 90%... one sees and we keep her with them to have someone to "lead them" .....finally DS called me back and I told him and he came up with one of the guys from VDOT, since they were waiting on the asphalt truck to get back with another load for the patching job... These guys don't know my voice since I never feed them... DS and GF always take care of them.... and after we got them started in the right direction, they followed DS down the road and the driveway and he put them back in their little field and closed the gate to the second small lot he was letting them eat. He said he will check and try to find where they got out... Really strange they got out and down the road like that. Had to take them some time to just meander down there... They were grazing along the shoulders, but the one would go out in the road because she can't see anything...blind from a baby... they will be beef since they can eat and grow...

What a day. In between the ford place and coming home I also went and set up the meters at the farm. And I am going to head up there in just a little bit to test.... That's enough.... Allergies are driving me nuts... got to go hang the rest of the clothes... oh and get the tea in that is out in the sun.....
 

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