walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

that headline is misleading


Summary: Small town in NH (Windsor, pop 250) had a tax collector who:

(a) didn't product a report for the annual Town Report
(b) kept all the records in ledgers, rather than in a spreadsheet
(c) did not collect taxes from close to a quarter of the town, many of them friends and relatives

Apparently DRA (NH's IRS) has been after them since a selectmen told the state about the problem in,
get this, 2002. The tax collector has stepped down and about half the people owing taxes have ponied
up (which makes you wonder just how much of a "hardship" they were under in the first place) and
the town's working on, like, complying with the law by putting liens on and so forth when people
don't pay their taxes.

Ya know, every time I think I've plumbed the depths of we-don't-do-it-that-way-here,
someone, somewhere, finds a new variant.

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