The Unincorporated by Valerie Cheers Brown

“Just to say you have in life without knowing anything about something is not worth a thing and means absolutely nothing.” – Valerie Cheers Brown

Let’s take a little quiz first before we get started and the main reason I love volunteering for the Saint Louis Public Library in Government Information was because of the vast things you can learn about everything especially when purchasing a home or just choosing where you may want to live in the United States.

The main focus here is when buying a home do research about the land which your property sits on and know a bit about incorporated vs. unincorporated.  Had been seeing so many clueless when buying homes which sit on sinkholes and why they are considered unincorporated.

Are you even considered important as for being included in being included in a census?

Have you ever done something and didn’t understand why it was being done but because it paid, you did it anyway?

Do we even observe what goes on around us and are we really aware what is happening at any time and why things happen in certain areas say for example when it rains really bad or a storm hits your city?

Let’s begin with an unincorporated town.

What is an unincorporated town? 

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country.

What is an unincorporated territory of the United States? 

Unincorporated territory is a legal term of art in United States law denoting an area controlled by the government of the U.S. “where fundamental rights apply as a matter of law, but other constitutional rights are not available.”

Dating all the way back to Native Americans 1880 – 1900 and despite their status as American’s unincorporated, Native American’s used a typically Native American means of voicing their displeasure when it came being known as an unincorporated class or culture of people.

Essayists like Zitkala Sa, Ah-nen-la-de-ni, and Chief Joseph utilized production as a part of prominent diaries like Harper’s and Century to uncover the exploitation of Native Americans by the systemized consolidation of their people groups. Local Americans utilized their written work as intends to clarify their experience as casualties on account of the operators and organizations of consolidation, and at establishments, for example, Boarding Schools where they were denied their names, their dialects and any change to keep up family ties.

Example of incorporated home vs unincorporated home:

Property taxes in incorporated vs unincorporated areas

Scenario: Where I live most people live in a city. If you live in the unincorporated county you pay significantly less property taxes, but there are far less services available. 99% of all new development is inside a city because of the water and sewer service so outside development is not a problem.

Scenario: In areas of the country where much of the populated land is unincorporated (such as Las Vegas or Los Angeles) are the property taxes a lot lower than in the cities? Do unincorporated areas in these areas have water and sewer systems or are they all on septic systems and wells? Coming from a background of “only-in-cities” development I find this very interesting and unusual.

Do your homework people before buying any property and by having an unincorporated zip code mean services are few and far in between when you need help with say for example an act of God incident even if you have good insurance.

It involves so much more when buying property and just because your house is inspected and passes means nothing if you know nothing about what that property sits on!

When you are unincorporated you are special, and you are so special that you are not counted as even being there in some cases, and in some situations when it comes to needing services like leave pickups they make it where you have to almost end up doing it for yourself, i.e. using brown bags to put leaves in rather than leaf bags like the other homeowners or renters in your area.  It will even make it where you regret and learn why it was so easy to move in so fast in that particular house in that area!













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