For Orange County take a look at the Town of Newburgh/ Wallkill area. Not all of T/O Newburgh is Newburgh schools, some is Valley Central and some is Wallkill schools, both of which are pretty reasonable for taxes. Stay away from City of Newburgh and Middletown. There is nothing wrong with Newburgh schools and you can live in New Windsor or Town of Newburgh for the Newburgh schools. There are alot of good school districts in Orange County and I would stay away from the more expensive school districts where the school taxes are out of control (Cornwall, Pinebush, Warwick, Goshen), great school districts but your paying alot for it. In most of the area if you find an older home built before 1975 or so, your taxes are wayyyy lower than if you found a newer home, and it can be almost double in some towns. Thats something to take a look at. Take a look at the school districts, taxes, location for your commute to get to either to Rt 17, Thruway, Palisades, Taconic, 9w or Rt 84, and Metro North Train. Alot of variables to look at. I'm in New Windsor, older home Newburgh schools and my taxes are $6000. .Good luck.