1.31.2008

Notes From . . .


. . . paying Wise County property taxes in person on the last possible day to avoid penalties.

- There were lines.
- Hey, people, it helps if you have your tax bill with you with your check already prepared. Yeah, we're all slugs for waiting until the last day but at least we could be efficient slugs.
- It's never a good idea for crowd control to say, "I own a couple of pieces of property on Trinity. Could you look those up for me?" Power down.
- The appraisal district and the local tax office (yep, you have to go to both places) were running fairly efficiently.
- One elderly lady tried to cut in line. I was prepared to take her down if need be.
- One guy was informed he had some back taxes assessed against his property. He said that "should have been taken off so I ain't paying that." He then proceeded to pay the current tax bill in cash.
- Funniest line while we all waited, "I wish we could control the other end where this money goes out as much as we do this end."
- I smelled alcohol coming off of one guy.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish I had alcohol!

Anonymous said...

Why did you wait until today to pay them? No escrow account?

Anonymous said...

You can pay your Wise County Tax payment online.

http://www.wisecountyonline.net/tax/taxonline.jsp

Anonymous said...

You can also pay with a credit card - if you don't mind a 4% convenience fee.

Silicone Alley said...

4:46. U buying? I'll join!!

Anonymous said...

for any of you with spare time and a thirst for vengange or knowledge...I think it is against Visa/MC rules for any merchant to assess a surchage for processing a credit card transaction. Public entities may be exempt...Hmmm?

Anonymous said...

Update to prior post...

http://www.merchantcardservice.com/resources/surcharge_convenience.html

Anonymous said...

http://www.gofso.com/Premium/LE/06_le_ic/fg/fg-merchants.html#MORE:B

Barron, you are the attorney..ruling please?!

Anonymous said...

If gettin drunk makes it more palatable to pay taxes why don't they just serve free drinks up there?

Anonymous said...

This year, pay your taxes on or before December 31st and you can deduct your 2007 and 2008 taxes off of your income tax return.

Double Fake Henry Block

Anonymous said...

Paying taxes is a pretty cool concept. It's a great value. Same as being able to send an envelope to someone a couple thousand miles away for only 41 cents, for just a few thousand dollars a year I have roads that take me anywhere, bring all sorts of goods to my town, running water, waste disposal, hospitals for emergencies, schools, people that will rush to help me if I'm in trouble, places to put bad people, animals that are suffering, and a bunch of other stuff like being able to get to and from a job so I can eat. What a deal! If I had to pay out of my own pocket to personally build every road I drove on and every facility I needed to use...well...I couldn't. I do think that people who don't want to pay taxes should be excused from paying them. But, I also think they should not be permitted to use all the stuff, like roads, that me and my other taxpaying friends pony up for. So basically, they just sit where they live and that's it. I get a kick out of all the Trans Texas Corridor haters who complain that the route will take someone's land, yet are perfectly willing to drive around for their own purposes on highways that were built on what used to be someone's land.

Anonymous said...

They save all their acohol for celebration when somebody gets a extra great premium from the sale of some property, so they can go out and appraise all nearby property to that value. If somebody sells at a low rate, do they run out and lower nearby property values? This must work like that "discount" for paying early. If the percentage paying early was equal to that of paying late, maybe a lot more people would try to pay early.

Anonymous said...

How come the Wise County Appraisal District's website http://www.wisecad.org/
doesn't work like the NCTCOG site at http://www.nctcog.org/rd/appraisal.asp?apprid=2016
says?
No way to pay these online?

Anonymous said...

I thought about the lines while I was at home writing out the checks today. I made a phone call to the offices and they said I could mail them in as long as they were postmarked today, so I guess you could say that I paid mine at the post office, much quicker!!

rex the wonder dog said...

8:10 PM - You scored again! The country hasn't had a new railroad survey since the 1860's and our modern trains still run on those roadbeds.

We have at least five times the vehicles running on Interstate Highways that were completed in the 1970's. Something has to be done to modernize our transportation system because it is overloaded, inefficient and out of date.

About the only futuristic thinking we do is bonds and taxes for new schools while Decatur's 100 year-old streets fall apart with no plan to fix them.

Yes, I also think that today's improvements in infrastructure are very valuable and appreciate that equitable tax measures helped pay for them.

(wondering)

Anonymous said...

From a corporate view, paying taxes on the day they are due is practicing good cash management.

Anonymous said...

I understand the concept of paying taxes, I only wish those in charge knew how to spend it. Yes, I get to drive on roads but I also get to hit pot holes, bumps, etc. I also get to drive roads I don't care to drive down because the road I wanted to travel has been blocked off due to high water, a result of a poor drainage system. I also pay taxes to walk outside and smell the water treatment plant that's no telling how old. What happens with the tax money? You would think with all the drilling going on all citizens of this County would see major improvements. Let's face it, the "Powers-that-be" assess the value of your home for more than it's worth strictly to obtain more tax money but where the hell is it going. I see absolutley nothing as far as improvements. We allow Lowes to come in and they get some major, major, tax break and we end up paying for it. I am really not sure those involved with making the decisions of how to spend my tax money are living in the 21st century. If they're going to have the tax rate in this County as they do in the metroplex please allow the tax paying citizens to see that money at work. And a more important issue, has anyone asked an Elderly person whose retired, living on a pension or fixed income what they think and how they are making it? Wake up Wise County Citizens.

Anonymous said...

8:33 - Well, you get to vote for them.

Anonymous said...

9:25 - I never thought about that, geez!!
Great, easy, mind numbing response! A perfect example of the actual problems in U.S. politics in America. Sound Bites, gotta luv'em.

Anonymous said...

Barry's office must be slow.

Anonymous said...

What happens with tax money? How many tax payers does it take to give a Commissioner a raise???

Anonymous said...

I understand the concept of taxation, AND I understand the concept of robbery. We're victims the latter. Government is expecting toooooooo much of OUR money to handle their over-inflated budget. OH WAIT,... did I say BUDGET? They don't even know what that word means... they think it means SPENDING!

Anonymous said...

If you're talking about Federal or State of Texas spending - please recall that the congress and state governments have been controlled by Republicans for most of the past 2 decades. Why do you all keep re-electing Republicans who have blown your budgets?

Anonymous said...

9:43 - Because we will never forget the "Great Society" $-trillion that LBJ (D)spent that got us NOTHING! And we appreciate the Interstate Hiway project every day that was created by Presidnet Eisenhower (R) and paid off in ten years. Go figger!