Like the obscenely lucrative red-light camera scheme,
the Tax Lien Sales is the latest scam for quick-cash by money-grubbing cities across the nation. Though it is illegal in many states, South Florida has no problem selling tax debt in bulk to the highest bidders from a slew of shell companies set up by the very banks we taxpayers bailed out. Once these predators buy the debt from local gov, they quickly move in for the kill. Their targets are the most vulnerable among us.
Shame on the officials of the Town of Surfside.
Recently the town sent out over 80 notices to residents informing them that they had unresolved permits dating back, in some cases ( are you ready?), over 15 year. The burden of proof now rests on grandma to clear her records in town hall or face liens on their property. I know from conversations with several neighbors that the towns record-keeping is loaded with inaccurate information. One very decent widow was so intimidated as to be in tears over this presumed blemish on her otherwise perfect record of 40 years. If she can't fix it, she's f*cked.
Another item on the "assault package", the town was considering quietly changing the rules to prohibiting parking of residents vans with signs on ground that they are ugly or whatever. One friend and long-time resident who is also a state licensed contractor took offense. I know he has provided invaluable service to many neighbors for decades but now his livelihood is under attack. He marched in to town hall to express his discontent but our elected officials resisted until he pointed out that there are also plenty of sign-laden police cars parked in driveways in the town which would be affected by the proposed ordinance. The oppressors quickly back-peddled… for the time being.
I have been holding back posting anything serious from this sleepy seaside town because, frankly there is nothing good to say, other than the ocean is perfectly beautiful.There are plenty of painfully unpleasant affronts to ordinary citizens here that are not getting attention. The big problem is these underhanded and contemptuous schemes are happening everywhere but people are helpless unless they organize. The system knows it can safely go after us one at a time.
Next post will be about the town's plan to: install OneArmBandit parking meters and red-light cameras then tear up all our roads for a new water main...