Letters to the Editor: Oct. 30, 2013

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Property tax bills

I am sending this correspondence in an effort to notify those persons who own real estate in Shelby County and who have not received their 2013 property tax bills that those bills were sent out the first of this month and are due and payable on or before Dec. 31. As one of the offices charged with collecting past-due property taxes, it has come to my attention that property tax bills do not always reach the appropriate property owners.

By statute, bills are usually mailed to the name and address recorded on the property valuation administrator's tax rolls as of January 1st of each year. If that "record owner" was a bank that sold the property during the year or if the new owner purchased the property at a foreclosure sale, it has been my experience that the tax bills sometimes  never make it to the new owners, and, as a result, those bills go unpaid until long after they become delinquent.

Once a property tax bill becomes delinquent on Jan. 1 of the following year, interest and penalties begin accruing. When the sheriff transfers those delinquent taxes to the county clerk in April pursuant to statute, additional penalties and fees arise. Finally, when a delinquent tax bill is sold by the county clerk to a third party purchaser as required by law, additional fees, interest and penalties are tacked on. 

In order to avoid paying costs above the face amount of your tax bill, anyone who owns property and who has not received a 2013 property tax bill, especially if the property was purchased sometime during this year, you should contact the sheriff's office to find out the amount now due and owing.

Hart T. Megibben

Shelby County Attorney


God’s law applies

It grieves me to say this, but I have noticed in the past few years that Shelbyville has “reverted” to its “roots. I am guilty of few minor incidents, but I am a man, not a coward like some of our “officials.” I can accept my faults, but I have seen a true injustice in “cultural” selfness.

It is in essence a “racist” town only to make money off those who don’t know the law. I “despise” this town for its concept of tradition and pray that the heavens see what the truth is. There is no justice. I’m sad to say I can’t believe in American justice. It’s a joke, like America is when a citizen is still considered an “immigrant” because they have a Spanish name. It’s sad. I can say to Shelbyville, you “stink” as a community after 30 years you have not evolved.

I’m proud to be American, but you have taken that away. Law enforcement is nothing but “criminals on patrol” (cop for short). I no longer have respect for them, only law is “God’s” law. Man’s law does not apply to me any longer. I don’t forgive those who have done me wrong. I’ll let God handle it. I will rejoice in the end. Those who know me know the kind of man I am, and if my fate befalls a lie, then the truth will be known my children in Shelbyville do right by me. I gave you life, give me peace for justice and, for you, respect yourself. These sad people will never understand that they are not “educated” or “intellectuals.” Trust me they are simple sad people.

Edgar Oliveras


­­Not fair to business

The Marketplace Fairness Act is currently sitting in the House of Representatives after a hasty passage from the Senate earlier this year. No matter how many studies are conducted about this bill, its impact is yet to be fully understood. As a business owner what I’m certain it will do is 

add a burdensome, costly layer to retailers like me.

I started Sonic Elextronix with nothing and built it up to what it is today through endless hours of work and a good dose of perseverance. Today I have two facilities and employ 120 people. By retail standards I’m still very much a small business. Had the MFA been a remote possibility when I started,  Sonic Elextronix may not be where it is today.

Multibillion-dollar retailers, who historically pushed small retailers out of business, are suddenly in favor of a bill that creates a supposed “level playing field.” Let’s face it, they are not backing it to be fair to small businesses. They are backing it to add yet another competitive advantage, so they may further monopolize the retail market. Let’s not forget these are the same retailers who have received millions of dollars in tax credits, pushed the profits back to their corporate headquarters and  shareholders, not their local communities.

Nate Victor, CEO, Sonic Elextronix