Well, Folks, there is good news and bad news and good news. The first round of good news is THE TAXES ARE PAID!!! I got off work this afternoon, the funds had transferred from the website to my bank and I hurried to get out to the treasurer's office because I know they close early in this town. Usually 4:00. So I get out there and start the process. They were going through their little files and pulled everything up and poof, found it all. $1,550 in taxes, $195 in penalties and interest and BAM I paid them $1,745.33 I got it all caught up. So as I was about to leave, the one girl behind the counter pipes up at me, "Well, you're all set and paid current on the county taxes. I hope the Town tax isn't so bad".
I stop and say, "Excuse me? Town tax?"
She points out, "Oh, this address is in the TOWN limits, there is an additional tax but you don't pay that here you pay it at blah blah down the street unless it went to collections."
So I pull out the legal form that I had which had started this whole thing going and showed it to her and she says, "yep, that is the law firm you need to deal with to pay town back-taxes."
Holy shit! So.....I get over there and there you have it. An additional $750 in taxes because they technically live 'in town'. I live 5 miles from the kids. I'm out far enough in the county that I never had to deal with that before so it completely caught me off guard. So....the bad news is everything was WAY more expensive than I initially knew.
BUT the next round of good news is the fact that everyone online had been so generous that even though we were hit harder than I anticipated, there was still enough money to pay the taxes and get it squared away. It's been a Ron and Fez Listener Miracle!!! It's all on you!!!
I have tried to explain how much this meant to me and how grateful I am to all of you that helped. If there are those of you who believe what goes around, comes around or the like...then I will tell you this;
I have not had any real money in the last several years of my life, we already know why, no rehashing, so I don't 'give$$' in that manner. I give what I can. And what I have to offer is my strength, my effort, my caring and my understanding, my home. Every day of my life I am spending or giving to others. Every morning I wake up I give to those around me in my own way. I've mentioned before, I am a caregiver to the elderly. I have a hospice patient who is silent, makes only grunts and can no longer form words and he relies on me to lift him out of bed and get him out of that room he is confined in, its just making him crazy he is so bored and bedridden. Only I can do it. Kinda like a girl who can help a guy with a broken arm get that sofa on his truck, I happen to be big and sturdy enough to lift him and all my other co-workers are 60+ year old women around 5' tall. They can't budge him. He used to be a 6 foot tall fighter pilot in WWII. So he looks forward to my shift because I get him out! He also loves cats but has been housebound for years so on my day off I brought one of my foster kittens in to see him. A tiny, 5 week old baby kitty made this old man's face light up and he smiled so big! He reached out one shaky finger to pet it and he was soooo excited. It made him chuckle and I have never heard him laugh before. That is how I can give back.
I work with a local stray feline society and I go to the pound, get the kittens that are about to be euthanized and bring them home to foster them and then I find them homes. Most stray kittens when caught are turned in to the shelter as teeny, tiny babies like 4-5 weeks and the Virginia law says you can't 'sell' a kitten until its 8 weeks old. So the shelter just kills the babies before they've had a chance to get big enough to find homes!!! That is where I come in. I'm currently fostering many of these kitties, and at 8 weeks old or so, I bring them to Petsmart in town and try to get them adopted. I raise good babies! All my kitties are used to vacuum cleaners and everything!! LOL Saving kitty lives, again, my way of contributing.
We have enough space at my house for a large, fenced in area and we can comfortably accommodate up to 6 dogs. We have the posts sunk, but we haven't been able to afford the fence wire to make the runs but when we do, I really want to turn my place into an animal rescue. Maybe even specializing in final homes for old dogs of elderly owners who pass away. Sometimes 13 and 14 year old dogs end up in the shelters. Why not give them a quiet, isolated place with trees and grass and a dog door to come and go as you please? Old dogs deserve to end their years happy, too.
So there you have it. I try to give back, and a sincerely thank all of you that helped me by giving what you could. I will never forget this event in my life!!
Todays tax receipts
Derpy Cat and Mouse