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The Sheriff of Nottingham

Posted on 2013.06.30 at 00:00
Current Location: 67114
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When I lived in England I openly laughed at their screen-door tax, white-picket fence tax, outdoor-spigot-for-a-hose tax, and even a television tax - you weren't allowed to steal the Queen's airwaves. Trip-Trap, trip-trap, trip-trap went Big Billy Goat Gruff. The whole Boston Tea Party and Sheriff of Nottingham were suddenly very real and very current.

And while we certainly have our share of death and taxes in America (I actually wondered on a news alert that said Texas executed its 500th inmate whether they meant since the beginning of time, or just so far this year), what we haven't had is a history of crushing taxes without due process.

So our city councilmen and women, congressmen, and senators have been proposing something with far less baggage than taxes. Fees! Fees are okay :) Fees are expected, and friendly. You wouldn't want to not pay a nominal fee would you? Fees for this and fees for that. Sure it all adds up, but its not like its a tax, right?

Wrong. Its a tax under the guise of a different name.

So when my renter in Anna called about a leaky hot water heater, I got a reference and called to see about it getting replaced. The guy actually started with the new "permit" Anna required. I thought to myself, "Waterheater permit? That's odd." Until he told me how much the permit was - then it made perfect sense: Money. The Sheriff of Nottingham sits on the Anna City Council and robs from the poor.

Tax. To replace your waterheater. I also appreciate the thoughtfulness that I don't really have to worry about paying this tax until I am already burdened by the cost of parts and labor. The only bright-stop in this $1400 hell was my plumber, a local named Robby at Genzel Plumbing. Awesome tech, really appreciated him.

The house goes on the market July 17th.

Good riddance.


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2013-07-01 01:59 (UTC) (Link)
If you let drax0r rent your house like I suggested then he could have changed the hot water heater for you. Oh, wait never mind.
michelle1963 at 2013-07-02 13:25 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry about the hot water heater. As a long-distance landlord myself, I know how much that sucks.

As for taxes / fees - part of the issue is that the payers do not know what they are getting for the money. If it was known that the money was going to be used to re-pave a pot-holed road, it might be easier to swallow. However, when we don't know, we feel we are being robbed and that money is going to line some politician's pockets instead of the public good. Either scenario may be true but we don't know.

All of that said, having to pay a hot water fee to the city on top of the not insignificant expense of a hot water heater really does add insult to injury. I mean really???

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