Local taxes?

I just got something about “local taxes” from some company called Berkheimer. I have never heard of them and I don’t know why I should trust them. At first, I was sure it was a scam. Now I am less sure. Apparently if I live here, no matter what, I have to pay the city. So why did no one tell me this, if it’s true?

Now my water is so bad I can’t drink it and yet, I have to pay a huge water bill that is higher than my heating bill! Now they’re asking for taxes.

Has anyone ever heard of this? I’ve never heard of a non-homeowner having to pay local taxes. Never, never in my sixty PLUS years of life. I thought the homeowner has to pay them, and my rent contributes to the taxes he or she pays.

A quick look at my locality’s website tells me I owe under $10, that this is a general tax they charge all residents. I’ve never heard of this and I’m wondering if it was really that vital, why on earth did my landlord not tell me? This is highly unusual to have to pay something like this.

Among other annoyances, my home is being sold and they keep “inspecting” the place. This is such a privacy violation…I just hate it. They are not even done yet. Hate it so badly…if they give me much more trouble, I will threaten to move out.

My lease is good till September. I could, conceivably, move out at that time. I’d have to hire movers, though, since I don’t know anyone who could help me out. Problem is, the next place could suck badly. What if I ended up with noisy neighbors, or ones that disturbed my peace and quiet? When you are a tenant you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into.

Part of me wants to hang onto this place here. Part of me wants to own my own place. I should be able to afford to do so. But what can I afford? I don’t want to buy a place where the neighbors are so close you can hear every word they say. Or ones that party right next to me. Ick. Or noisy teenagers. Teens are really the worst because they blast boom-boxes all over the neighborhood. Some of them scream, too. I used to hear the screaming teens on the buses in Boston. It was so shrill I felt like my ears would snap off. If they screamed like that here they would be kicked off the bus.

What about a trailer, or a pre-fab? I would buy the land and then, put the home on it. Some of those pre-fabs are really nice, and they’re cheaper than the usual homes you see. I’ve contacted a few pre-fab companies. Oddly, they never call me back. It’s odd, also, that the real estate people I have called mostly don’t bother calling me back, either.

Feedback and comments welcome!