News of the Day

BANK WITH CITY HALL

by Craig Altschul

Some Rutland area taxpayers are letting City Hall pay their quarterly property tax bill…in a manner of speaking. The new automatic bill system is particularly appealing to busy people who just plain forget (or so they claim) to pay their tax bill, said the Rutland Herald. So far only 180 households since 2004 have taken the city up on its direct debit process. You can’t actually pay online, but give the city your bank account information and the city will pay your bill for you. The program is gaining in popularity. The city wins by keeping costs down; the taxpayer wins by paying their bill on time and avoiding penalty fees for late payment. See, government really does try to cut red tape.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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