Bills Rebalanced | Adjusted Lot Tax

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Uploaded: 8th Nov 2023 at 3:30 PM
Updated: 12th Nov 2023 at 5:31 PM
Have you had enough of astronomically high bills? I sure was, but quickly came to the conclusion that there wasn't a (working) mod with the desired effect.

Until now!

In short, Bills Rebalanced changes the way property taxes (Lot Taxes) are calculated, which generally make up the bulk of your household's bill.

The Problem
  • Lot Taxes are based on your household's 'billable' net worth. This is some amalgamation of your lot's furnished value, your household inventory, and your hard earned Simoleons.
  • Perhaps the idea was to lump in a type of income tax through this calculation, but this seems like a rather inelegant solution to me.
The Solution
  • Lot Taxes are based on your lot's unfurnished value. That's it.
  • The tax brackets and rates that live behind the scenes still apply, same as in the default Sims 4 calculation.
Example
My household's lot at LaSuli Point (Copperdale) has a value of:
  • Unfurnished: 9,002 Simoleons
  • Furnished: 21,671 Simoleons
Using Bills Rebalanced my 'Lot Taxes' are significantly reduced, from 489 to just 162 Simoleons!

Compatibility
Currently Bills Rebalanced only modifies a single function (_get_property_taxes), so unless another mod also modifies that function (very few) it will be compatible.
  • SNB Bills - Experimental - The compatibility patch seems to be working based on my limited testing. Please let me know if you run into any issues!
  • SNB R|E - Experimental - The compatibility patch should now also work when owning multiple properties through R|E.

Installation
Copy the .zip's contents to your Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Mods folder.

Disclaimer & Future plans
Because the unfurnished value of a lot doesn't include any objects placed from the Buy menu (as far as I know), realistically, the Lot Taxes are a little on the low side. In real life, when determining a property's value, things like the bathroom, kitchen, and other more permanent indoor/outdoor fixtures or structures would be taken into account.

For its initial release I was happy to at least get the figure in the ballpark, but I'll be looking into ways of including the aforementioned categories in the calculation (feel free to reach out with any ideas!).

Changelog
SNB Compatibility Patch v0.2
This patch covers both SNB Bills and SNB R|E now.

  • Added basic support for SNB R|E, specifically for owning multiple properties.
  • Fix: Ensured rent wasn't affected in unintended ways.