Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lies, Damned Lies...and More Lies

Such, dear reader, is the story of the missing tax bills in Town. Our AWOL tax collector, whose only duty is to send out tax bills and collect the amounts due, was quoted in the Local Rag last week as promising that personal property tax bills would be received by midweek, and the rest of the tax bills by the end of the week. Guess what, gentle reader? Not a single tax bill has yet been received by a single taxpayer in the Town of Greenwich.

Did our tax collector lie? Or was he merely telling us some form of golfing joke in which exaggeration and irony are the chief elements? Did he have his fingers crossed behind his back when he spoke to the Local Rag?

You be the judge. Unfortunately, we can't fire him, since we were the dupes who elected him. But come the next election, no doubt we will all remember the old adage: "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

Maybe RTM Member, an occasional commenter on these pages, will have some advice about the possibility of a recall petition. Surely non-feasance is grounds for an attempt to oust an elected official?

Meanwhile, there's always the stocks, as suggested by your scribe in an earlier post. Our ancestors knew how to handle situations like this. What a pity that no one in Town Hall seems to have a clue about what to do these days. Including our non-tax collector.


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