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Offline Jerrymac

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Example of Government Efficiency
« on: May 19, 2009, 11:20:52 AM »
As you may recall I got this old travel trailer to turn into a chicken coop. This morning I find an old "Delinquent" county tax statement dated in 1985. I do not recall what postage was back in those days, nor do I know how many people are involved in preparing a single statement, nor the cost of the paper, ink, envelope, etc., etc. of each statement sent out. NOR do I know how many times a year they send out statements with added interest and penalties. So who knows how much the county spent to collect this delinquent tax.

It seems this tax was from two years earlier 1983
Tax amount....        .06
Penalty and Int....   .02
ADDL, Penalty....     .01

Pay this amount....  .09

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Re: Example of Government Efficiency
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009, 11:40:38 AM »
1st class stamp in '83 was around 20 cents.
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Re: Example of Government Efficiency
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009, 11:50:31 AM »
So '83, '84. and '85 statements would have cost .60 in postage alone to collect a .06 delinquent tax.  :roll:
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Re: Example of Government Efficiency
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 12:18:59 PM »
And they didn't have computers back then so we can't blame it on the computer!! :-D
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Re: Example of Government Efficiency
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2009, 11:15:35 PM »
Perhaps it was the principal of the matter... a thief is a thief no matter if he steals a penny or a million.

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Re: Example of Government Efficiency
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2009, 12:08:38 AM »
I had a problem once where "THEY" said I owed them some more. So I sent what they asked for. Seems it didn't get there in time and they said I owed so much more. This happened three times so I sent a little extra. They sent me a check for .25  :roll: The whole process cost the tax payer more than what I owed. Not because I was trying to cheat, just one of those things.
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Re: Example of Government Efficiency
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2009, 12:22:24 AM »
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Perhaps it was the principal of the matter... a thief is a thief no matter if he steals a penny or a million.

to bad the prez didn't feel that way when he was making appointments!
.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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