Pay-it-Forward Concept Not Catching on at Local Tax Office

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According to published reports, the grand list for Forestville/Bristol increased 23 million this year. As a result government officials see this as an opportunity to try some innovative methods to collect tax money.

Elected officials wanting to run government like a business recently tried a Pay-it-Forward Program for local taxes. “It might be a good idea to encourage people that visit the tax office to pay the tax bill for the next person in line,” said one bureaucrat.

Everyone agreed it was a great idea so it was implemented.

It lasted all of one person.

Not Paying-it-Forward for the 2015 Cadillac Fleetwood, Crossover V-series

Not Paying-it-Forward for the 2015 Cadillac Fleetwood, Crossover V-series

A woman appeared at the tax office Friday morning and paid her car taxes, and also asked to pay the car taxes for the taxpayer behind her, who then refused to do the same for the next person in line. “Why should I?” she asked. “Did you see her car? She is driving a Cadillac I’m driving a Fiat.” The remaining people in line had absolutely no interest in paying anything forward either.

Undiscouraged, the tax office considered gift cards to help constituents pay their taxes. Gift cards are pre-paid cards and an alternative to cash and are commonly given as gifts. “It will make for a great gift, especially when the tax bill comes due and you do not have any money,” a spokesperson said.

Everyone agreed it was a great idea so it was implemented.

The gift card concept was tried with several random taxpayers and the results were not good. “I have a tough enough time paying my own taxes. Do you think I am going to get a gift card for a friend so they can pay their taxes? Pardon my French but F that,” said one angry taxpayer, which was the general consensus.

The idea was quickly dropped.

In response to the setbacks a town official remarked, “Running a business is tough.”

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