I just can't wrap my mind around that! It's like it doesn't add up. How is it that the cost of providing services can vary so much from one place to the next? Some things-- like infrastructure-- sure. The water and sewer pipes under my street are from the 1880s and have a tendency to both break often and be hard to locate when it happens. That sort of thing partially accounts for it. But other things don't really vary so much from place to place. If a public works employee or schoolteacher here that makes 80k per year only makes 55k there, that doesn't account for the huge cost discrepancy. Fire, ambulance, police, regulatory agencies- these too may operate cheaper but they still cost money anywhere you go. What is it that makes the big difference??
We also pay stupid property taxes in western NY thanks to New York City...... I've said for years that NYC needs to be the 51'st state.