What's the cost for living our American way? It's not just the thousands of dollars for the second car, insurance and gas. We also have to support a lake of concrete around us - and gas, electric and sewer lines to stretch out past the near-vacant belts beyond the older suburbs. Property taxes in Almería on our condo are one-twelfth our taxes in Milwaukee, even though the value of the two homes is roughly the same.
One-twelfth. Oh, and they throw in free health insurance.
Kind of flawed tax analysis for a business writer. Spain's national and provincial income tax rates range up to 43% combined, plus a 16% value added tax. But the other differences affecting quality of life are still telling.