I'm sorry Wisher
I MEANT to check into Alabama... My sister was just here from GA and I got that stuck in my head.... As far as having a football team... Umm what team is that? There are a bunch of school kid teams... I don't follow college ball... sorry. Not that it would matter since I've been a fan of my team for over 40 years, no matter where I've lived (all over the place) and I don't see that changing any time soon. Matter of fact, they just beat the Chiefs to advance to the AFC Championship game next weekend and I expect them to be a repeat Super Bowl contender!
State sales taxes are average at 4% statewide. But the true rate is nearly 9%, when city/county taxes are added. Also Al doesn't exempt food from sales taxes (I like food) They also imposes 3% on food & 4% on drinks that come from vending machines (Not that I spend much in vending machines). You guys DO exempt prescription drugs & insulin-related items from taxation. Public pensions are exempt from income taxes for the most part, but private pensions ARE taxed. I did notice one BIG positive though in that seniors over 65 are exempt from all state property taxes. However, some cities assess separate property taxes. I wouldn't be living in a city, so that could be a huge savings.
I "see" AL as a very hot and humid place being west of the Appalachian mnts and east of the Mississippi river. It seems moisture (and heat) just flow north out of the gulf... Maybe that's just in the southern part of the state? How is it up in the northern part? I just did some looking and will include it in my searches. Thanks!