Topic: A Tax to Grind, Collections
Thursday, 05 December 2013 by David H. LeVan
All the great bands get back together. At least that’s what we hope for as fans. The Eagles, one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, broke up in 1980 stating that “hell would freeze over before they got back together”. In 1994 they got back together with their “Hell Freezes Over” album and tour. I have to admit that they put on a great show, even after being apart for 15 years.
A while back I wrote about another band, one hired by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). You might recall that PMC had an interesting plan that involved hiring a band to play loudly outside the homes of those that were overdue on their property taxes. During their first tour, the band was able to help PMC recover a significant portion of the back taxes. Flash ahead….. Those pesky tax defaulters are back to avoiding their property taxes, which can only mean one thing. The PMC is getting the band back together!
The delinquent property tax amount has once again grown and the band has been sent to play their sweet (or at least noisy) songs once again. The head of PMC’s property tax department, Hemant Nikam said, “We have sent notices to defaulters, but they do not bother to pay the tax. Therefore, we decided to play music outside their houses and out of embarrassment, these defaulters pay up.” The plan appears to be working as the band has brought in almost 75% of their target!
So here’s my message to the defaulters, especially to the “New kid in town”….. Don’t “Take it to the limit” like some kind of “Desperado” unless, of course, you’re “Already gone”. “Take it easy” and enjoy a “Peaceful, easy feeling”. “I can’t tell you why” but “In the long run”, property taxes always seem to catch up with you anyway.