The Nampa-Meridian Irrigation District has placed a lien on the home of a Meridian man over a disputed $4.78 late fee.
The insanity of a government agency spending untold cash to chase $4.78 so outraged the GUARDIAN that we drove to Nampa to pay the bill ourselves and put an end to the childish behavior.
The GUARDIAN was told by staff, “We don’t take partial payments” when we proffered the $5 bill. We suggested they put our $5 with the check they were holding from the Meridian man to make total payment. We walked out with 22 cents change and a receipt.
The Daily Paper’s Heath Druzin broke the story on page one Thursday. Brian Bandhauer got dinged for two years of irrigation fees.
The bill was sent to the WRONG ADDRESS for the first year. When he got the bill at the proper address it included a $3 late fee with a 26 cent penalty and $1.52 interest. Brandhauser sent his irrigation dues minus the late fee.
An officious secretary-treasurer for the district name of Daren Coon refused the partial payment and even slapped a $17.87 lien on Bandhauer home. Coon told the Statesman, “They should know as a responsible property owner they did not pay the tax.”
Right! Even when the title company collects an escrow amount each month for taxes and insurance, screwed up the billing address on the deed the guy is supposed to pay up.
The real clincher is the district doesn’t deliver a single drop of water to the resident. The developer who made a big profit off subdividing the farm land failed to provide an irrigation system. The result is homeowners have to pay for water they don’t receive or risk having their homes taken away.
The local cities and counties don’t require developers to provide irrigation systems and people like Bandhauer get bent out of shape when they get hit with inappropriate bills and are met with stubborn officious bureaucrats who won’t do the right thing.
So, Merry Christmas to Mr. Bandhauer from the Boise GUARDIAN. To the Scrooges at the Nampa-Meridian Irrigation District we suggest they work on their image and treat citizens with a little common sense.
Spending more than $4.78 in postage, wages, filing fees etc. goes beyond foolish.
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