When people find out what their property taxes are here in Mexico, they just laugh, especially if they’re coming from places like California or New York. A 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home, which is about 2,000 square feet in Ajijic is going to run you about $80 - $100 on property taxes a year. I paid more than that a week up north.
The difference is what you get back. For instance, you’re going to get a pothole on the road, the schools aren’t as good, or the light bulb in the traffic light hasn’t been changed in a month. We’re going to take a little bit of that. When we pay our property tax, it’s $80. Along with the utility bills and the cost of living here in Chapala, you have to take some of that and get over the fact that they haven’t gotten around to fixing those potholes yet, or that there isn’t enough signage for you. Everyone who has been living here figured it out. That is a one-way street, but the sign’s not there. So what? We can all know that now.
That’s what you give and take with property taxes. You don’t get the things that you’re so used to north of the border where everything is perfectly groomed and clean, and everyone’s got rules and they all abide by it. It’s not that way here, so this isn’t for everybody.
(Two bedroom house in a gated subdivision, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)