Make a little noise and BAM! The results start rolling in. I go on and on about how the city needs to find new and creative sources of revenue. And what happens!?
Well, it appears that the city's water, sewer, and garbage billers are trying to pick up the slack that we will be losing to the Theatre. Last quarter's bill was a fundraising work of art. I hear that quite a few residents were issued delinquency notices for not paying the bill on time. Curiously, the bill was made due on SUNDAY, October 16,2005. Sunday. Hmmmmm
The penalty for late payment is 10% plus interest which, by the way, knocked my bill up to $270. At this point I'm all like, "Aww man." And I call my spouse who's all like, "Aww man." You see spousey is extremely proud of a lifelong history of prompt payments. Personally, knowing the other half like I do, I'm absolutely sure there has been a mistake. But I am deviously compelled to interrupt the workday with my disappointment. And after milking the situation, I made assurances that I would fix the problem.
So I read the bill, and it states the procedure for disputing the bill. And I'm all like, "Aww Man!" You have to put your dispute in writing and be darned-well able to back your crap up. Oh, and there's also a phone number to call. So, being the weak writer that I am, I called.
Well... blah, blah, blah... The lady told me it was a mistake and to disregard it. I also found out that the "mistake" was not isolated.
Family name saved, I claim my prize of high praise.
And then I'm all like, "Man, if everyone who "mistakenly" gets overbilled isn't brave enough to call-- the city stands to make a few bucks."
What I meant by new and creative revenue was to institute an Amusement Tax.