Narc on your neighbor

In going through the gyrations to complete my move, I’m handling getting my tax and sticker settled up with Arlington county. Ah, what a joy. Can anyone explain to me why they don’t just have the stickers and the property taxes on the same schedule? Or better yet, why the Treasurer’s office speaks to you like you’re a slow child when you call them with a question about stickers? After all, they have details about the stickers on their own web page, next to their contact information. If that’s not a sign to call them, what is?

What I really wanted to mention to you, however, is that they’ve also been so kind as to provide meddling busybodies a welcome tool as well. Notice a car parked on your street who isn’t handing their $24 to the county? Then report them from the comfort of your own home! (Tom, check to see if it’s iPhone compatible – maybe you can even do it on site!)

My favorite bit is the box to tell them the owner’s name, if you know it. If you’re driving an out-of-state (or even county) car you’d better think twice about pissing off Ms Jacobs down the road…

6 Comments so far

  1. Mary De Luca (unregistered) on October 15th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    Don- sorry you’ve having such a hard time getting "legal" in Arlington. When I’ve had trouble- I head over to the Arlington County buildings- 2nd floor- the tax people are on one side of the floor and a small DMV is on the other side. I lost my sticker, but paid my personal property tax and went to them to explain my dilemma. She gave me a receipt and sent me over to the window to get the sticker- it took all of 10 minutes.

  2. Don (unregistered) on October 15th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    Oh, it’s not too awful. The only thing that has made matters harder is that I never paid any attention to what the tax period is for my vehicle. Due before the October 5th deadline, also when they send out stickers? Well, then they must be related.

    Nope, taxation period is Jan 1 – Dec 31, which if I had thought about it for more than 3 nanoseconds I would have realized was the case. Most of my confusion came from that, and once I realized it there was only one thing wrong with the system.

    However that’s a big one – if you go to the Arlington electronic payment website and want to pay for your decal it wants your account number. Okay… what might that be? Oh, it’s on your tax bill… which I, of course, haven’t gotten and according to them when I call on the phone, won’t get till about December.

    They were nice enough on the phone and able to give me my account number, but it sure would be nice to be able to get it out of the system online. I thought I’d get it when I used the register your vehicle online, but when I tried it said the vehicle was already registered.

    *shrug* It was no big deal, but it seemed like a lot of false starts. They were indeed very nice on the phone – even the Treasurer’s office, though they clearly thought they were dealing with a fool.

    Which I can’t honestly fault them for :)

  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on October 15th, 2007 @ 9:18 pm

    The good part of all this is that you really only need to figure it all out once. The system is too screwy to change with any regularity, thank goodness!

  4. Joseph LeBlanc (unregistered) on October 15th, 2007 @ 9:48 pm

    Yeah, I experienced something similar when I bought my car from someone who also lived in Arlington. The taxes and fees here aren’t all that exorbitant, but they’re always for moderately nonsensical things. And they always make it sound as though you were intentionally evading them.

  5. Won't_Cross_the_River (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 10:19 am

    Ugh, what do people expect? It’s Virginia. Regressive car taxes, regressive social values and regressive government.

  6. Kristen (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

    Too bad you didn’t select Fairfax County, then. No stickers.

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