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Notices Would Help Those Who Don't Receive Tax Bills

November 05, 2000

Regarding "Pay Property Taxes First and Dispute Bill Later," (by Diane Wedner, Oct. 15): I'm a disabled veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 100%, which gives me a "full tax abatement," except for about $25 for a Riverside County fee.

I think it's time the state of California and the counties change the Section 2610.5 tax code and take the monkey off our backs for failing to pay our tax bills when we never received one. I did not receive my 1998 tax bill or my 2000 tax bill. Because I have post-traumatic stress syndrome from the Vietnam era, I forget things. When June 1999 rolled around and Riverside County sent me . . . [a] letter that they were going to repossess my house if I didn't pay my $25 tax bill, I was upset. . . .

Why is it that when you subscribe to a magazine, three months before it's set to expire you'll receive two or three notices reminding you to renew the subscription? What's wrong with the counties sending out a postcard two weeks after the tax bills are sent out asking if we received our bills? It won't break the bank.

ROBERT F. HUDSON

Perris

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