Is it too early to quit?
We received a bill yesterday for the personal property tax on my car. We receive our bills in July, with a due date of July 1 (even though we get them around the 5th, but no penalty until Aug 2). If there are 2 installments of the bill due (which would be due on Jan 1), that is in there too. Back in July, we paid our first installment on G-man's car, and the 1 installment on the van that we got rid off in Nov '11 when we got my Jeep.
The bills are based on cars that
are on the Grand list in October. So now they are charging me for the
91.7% of the year we owned the car. It has taken the tax assessor's office this long to deal with it (even though I called them a very long time ago). They have pro-rated the time we have owned the Jeep, and credited back the money we paid on the Van we didn't own. (See...I was trying to get them to do all of this in July....before I had to pay for the van. But that "isn't how it works.")
So we got a bill for $139 for the Jeep....due by the end of the month.
And I got the electric bill. We are on a budget plan, and January is our "settle up" month. The problem is I can't figure out where they got the number from!! They say we owe $213. Our new budget rate isn't listed, so as it currently reads, this is our new budget amount. This can't be right, as our total bill for the year was just under $1400. At that budget amount, we would be paying $2556 a year.
I have added and subtracted numbers all over to get to $213. No go. Why can't they just say " X is the settle up amount for 2012. Your budget amount per month is Y. X+Y +$213."
I am estimating that our budget amount per month should be $115, based on usage and current rates (up from $104). Additionally, the bill says we owed $88 from the month before, but our billing history shows we owed $0. Even $115+$88=$203. So we still aren't at $213. With it being New Year's Day...I can't call and figure it out, which will bug me. I know I will get an explanation tomorrow, but that doesn't help me for today.
NINE hours into the new year, and we are already behind the 8-ball. How does that work????