Okay Kory, why did you leave California?
It started when we saw California trending away from our core values
of religious freedom, second amendment rights, personal responsibility and conservative family values. We felt our taxes were too high and used to fund programs inconsistent with our values. We felt an urgency to get our family to a better place.
We also looked at what we got for our mortgage. In California we were blessed with a 2,200-sq. foot tract home, but it was on a tiny lot with neighbors looking down into the backyard from their two-story homes. We had to rent RV storage because our lot was without RV parking. Our backyard was too small for a patio, a playset, and a vegetable garden. Sure, we could find a home on a “large lot”, say ½ acre, but that jumped to a cost of $700,000+!!!
We found ourselves driving everywhere to do the things we liked to do. We drove a minimum of one hour in traffic for sporting events and entertainment. If we wanted to fish, hunt, ride ATV’s, camp or boat, that needed to be “planned” to make it worth it, because it usually meant at least a long weekend and driving 3 to 6 hours to get there. When we got to those places they were usually crowded. Our only hope was to get there before the crowd to get the sweet spots. And forget the drives back into town on a Sunday afternoon!
When our daughter was ready to begin second grade, we were told she could not attend the elementary school in our neighborhood because the school had too many kids. Keep in mind our son was already in that school. The principal told us that funding for two of the second-grade classrooms was reserved for children who spoke English as a second language only and offered to bus our daughter across town to another school – at our expense!
In California, we registered our truck for $670 dollars for a year, that same year in Idaho, we registered the same truck for $60 dollars. Our last couple years in California, our medical premiums and deductibles were getting so expensive that we had to opt into the county hospital system. We noticed a drop off in facility upkeep, care, and waiting times compared to private hospitals.