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Checks to the State Are in the Mail

August 17, 2003

Here's a good "State of California, Believe It or Not!" I work for a corporation in Porterville, Calif. On July 1, I wrote a check for $25 and filed our annual "statement of information, domestic stock corporation" form. On Aug. 8, the check I wrote to the secretary of State on July 1 had not cleared. I called the appropriate office to see if it had received the check. The person who answered the phone told me they were just opening the mail from May 22, and it would be approximately 2 1/2 to three months before they got to July's mail. Now, folks, this report has to be filed by Sept. 30, or you are delinquent.

Do you realize how much money is waiting in the mail at Sacramento to be opened? I read that the state is having to lay off one out of 12 employees due to the budget. Now I'm afraid the mail won't get opened until next year.

Maybe California wouldn't be so broke if it opened its mail in a timely manner.

Sharron Frederick

Springville, Calif.

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