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Who’s Got Money to Burn?

I am so tired (and jazzed) after watching and discussing President Clinton’s speech last night that I have nothing new to say barely eight hours later. Thus, I’m re-running a story which got on my last taxpayer nerve in 2009.

I sent a Deed plus accompanying documentation to the County Clerk’s office for recording.  I calculated the charges due as $165.00.  Apparently I calculated wrong, as the Clerk’s office returned all my paperwork, in a large envelope, pointing out that I had underpaid by $5.00. I was directed to re-send all the documents back, accompanied by an additional $5.00 check.  The postage on the outside of the envelope returning my docs was $2.58.

The Clerk’s office has phones and e-mail, as do I.  How about someone using her or his brain and just advising me to send $5.00 more, while my papers sat, unrecorded, to the side of her/his desk?  I know there’s a space issue and accountability issue, but why not communicate that I had, say, 10 days to get in the money before they rejected my paperwork?

This is likely not the only case where a lack of common sense (or fiscal responsibility) bounced papers at taxpayers’ expense.  As thousands of documents go through the office, what if each county employee incurred $2.58 just 10 times a year when a call or email would have been free?   The county’s website states that there are approximately 10,000 employees on its payroll.  You can do the arithmetic, as my calculator just burst into flames!

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