orange_county_sealWe got a piece of real first class mail from the bank that holds our mortgage a few days ago. They wanted us to know we were a few grand past due on our real estate taxes.

Say what?

Yesterday they followed up with a phone call. You know they were serious, the CSR was here in the states.

It’s all true. The Foxes who’ve never once had a credit ding of any type (because I am not allowed to handle money) were 90+ days behind on our property taxes.

You’ve got to follow this closely, because it makes no sense. The tax collector doesn’t change the address for tax bills at the time a property is sold. It happens all at once, once every year.

I called the tax collector’s office in Santa Ana to straighten things out.

“Parcel number, please?”

The woman on the other end of the phone couldn’t use my address to find it. I was instructed to call the tax assessor’s office.

Back to the tax collector, now with the parcel number. Everything was explained. We’re good now.

I’m looking at the original pages that came in the mail. They’re marked up with names, numbers and notes. The arrows I’ve drawn since high school, maybe earlier, are scattered on the page. This could pass for 1968 Geoff down to the doodles.

The check, including the next property tax installment, is in the mail. It was suggested, if I requested the county would offer clemency on any penalties or interest. This must happen a lot.

3 thoughts on “Taxes”

  1. Sounds like the BS I’ve had to go through with property taxes on a car every time I have moved to a different locale and/or gotten a new vehicle while living in CT. My favorite was the time the city of West Haven threatened to take me to court over property taxes on a vehicle I could quite easily prove I never owned while I lived there. It’s one of the many reasons why I no longer own a car.

    1. When I moved from CA to CT, I registered my vehicle here. About 6 months later, I received a letter from collection agency, saying I owed CA so much money, I didn’t pay my license fees and I didn’t have an emission test. CT never notified CA that there was a change in registration. Thank goodness I knew someone that worked from DMV in CA. I called her on the phone and asked her what I should. I obtained a letter from DMV in CT, showing my car was now registered in this state. I forwarded the letter on to my friend in CA and passed it on to Sacramento to straighten out the matter. I wrote to the collect agency and explained to them what happened. Never heard from anyone again. When I move back to CA, I’m going to sell my car I purchased here and buy another one on the west coast.

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