$18.74

That’s my property taxes for this year: $18.74. And they’re likely to stay that way next year too, which requires a bit of a story…

Last week, I was putting some hay on top of the levee so that grass would grow and so that rain wouldn’t wash away the clay. It was awful hot last week, and hauling hay is a hot job. Put them together, and I was already down to just my skimpy shorts, but still sweating like you wouldn’t believe. I figured I was so far back on the property that nobody would ever see me, and besides, I wasn’t expecting anyone. So I took off what little clothing remained and returned to work. I must have been at it for another half an hour, and then I heard a rumbling from a distance. At first, I thought it was just one of my neighbors, coming home from something or other, but the rumbling kept getting closer. I peered over the levee and saw an unfamiliar red truck coming up the hill. I looked around and my shorts were all the way on the other end of the levee, so I ran over there as fast as I could, but the truck definitely saw me streaking over the hay. I put my shorts on and ran to meet this red truck, and as I got closer, the truck shared it’s side with me: Union County Assessor. Oh shit, my first interaction with the county and it has to start out like this… Well, I tried to make the best of it and offered my hand in greeting; the assessor tried to avoid it, but eventually gripped it, grimacing as he did so and then proceeding to speak very quickly. “Looks like everything’s about the same, so I should be on my way.” No comments about the pond or the root cellar or the solar panels. Relishing awkward situations, I found myself looking for ways to prolong this one: “Well hold on a second, will things be different if I put up a chicken coop?” “Depends, but at most it’ll cost you another 20 cents per year.” And with a quick goodbye he left and my property taxes stayed the same.

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2 Comments »

  1. Elaine said

    the frige looks nice I am glad that your food consumption is better now Hoepfully some fresh stuff to supplement the beans and rice!!!

  2. Elaine said

    the frige looks nice I am glad that your food consumption is better now Hoepfully some fresh stuff to supplement the beans and rice!!

    I wish my taxes could be so low!!! Next time be careful when you disrobe!

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