Alright, I’m violating the “one post per day” at most rule, but I just went to the Bernalillo County Property Tax “Online Payment Home”. I go there thinking Cool! online payment for my property taxes! Who cares what anybody else says, Bernalillo County has got it going on!
So then I notice a few hiccups. First, the 2005 tax bills aren’t online..maybe they aren’t even printed yet, but aren’t they due by December 10th or so? Then comes the real killer part, namely:
Well, all I gotta say is that the B.C. Treasurer’s Office is some wily, hard-ass negotiators. Only 2.5% for online transactions? You mean my approx. $1000 tax bill will only cost me an additional 25 (*@%*^@+) dollars to process online? Them Treasurer’s Office folks are some NFL agent kinda hard-ass negotiators! First State Bank must be feeling totally screwed in that deal, getting only 2.5% for doing….um, basically nothing.
Bernalillo County? I have this ’91 Suzuki Sidekick I’d like to sell you…yeah, it runs, Blue Book is about $900. I’ll sell it to you for, let’s see…how’s $10,000 sound? With a 2.5% processing fee that’ll make it $10,250.
And yeah, I see your brain churning out there in Blogland..”hmmm….Treasurer’s Office….Treasurer’s Office, where have I heard something about impropriety concerning some Treasurer’s Office lately?” I can’t put my finger on it, but…”
I have always found it quaint in a 3rd World sort of way that we made our Property Tax check out directly to the Treasurer in the past. Hard to wonder if that wasn’t designed to just save a step in the process, not that Alex Abeyta, Jr.’s tenure as previous County Treasurer had any problems. (subscription…maybe)