Property tax envelopes must be postmarked by Oct. 31, or they are late, with a penalty. These envelopes are a size and color that ought to be recognized by at least the very well paid supervisors in the post office, if not by the employees.
I drove from San Marcos to San Diego early the morning of Oct. 31, with my tax envelope. At a mailbox on Nimitz Boulevard near Rosecrans Street, I saw printed claims of a number of pickups that would get my tax envelope to the main post office, about a mile away, by that afternoon.
Yet my envelope was not postmarked until the next day, Nov. 1. I found this out via a very sassy missive from our tax collector, rejecting my payment, and adding a penalty.
Was this false and misleading information on the box about the claimed pickups? Do post office employees have the right to ignore tax postmarks?