Reno Woman Nearly Loses Home Over Unpaid $10 Bill

A Reno woman says she couldn't believe not paying a $10 assessment could lead her to losing her home.

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valleymike - 8/5/2013 2:50 PM
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Liens with a modest uncomfortable interest rate & penalty is in order. The debt is secured by the real property and the City will get paid as well as handsome interest return when the home is sold or transferred. $546 for a $10 bill is not a modest return, its not laon sharking, it is larceny. And to add foreclosure on top of that ridiculious. The City of Sparks transfers its sewer liens to the County for collection on the next year's tax bill (with the interest & penalties). Why doesn't the City do the same thing? Oh I forgot, its the Kingdom of Reno.

Billinhell - 7/28/2013 7:21 PM
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And this city can't figure out why their are so many homeless and it keeps growing. Reno needs a way to pay the 30 million for the Aces ball park so why not sell private property over 10 dollars.

Kramer - 7/24/2013 4:01 PM
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this is why Bonnie & Clyde robbed banks. robbin' the 'hood, Reno is.

Kramer - 7/24/2013 4:00 PM
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the finance guy is a Chisel, the city manager is a Klinger. the Mayor is Cashsmell; and we all know about Keystone cops. these are your Czars, people!

luckydog - 7/23/2013 9:53 PM
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If she would have just paid the 10.00, it would have never come to this. Sorry, can't feel bad for her.

Tahoe Guy - 7/23/2013 5:08 PM
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I can't believe Reno financial director Robert Chisel is so callous. He should be fired immediately for his actions and inability to comprehend the foolishness of his policy. Even the IRS is prohibited from taking a personal residence unless the amount owed exceeds $5,000. I'm disapointed at the attitude of some of my fellow commenters. The underlying belief of some of them is that the City of Reno is justified in ANY action, no matter how brutal or unhumane, to punish a citizen and property owner for failing to promptly pay a $10 assessment. How about a fine or penalty that has some rational relationship to the amount owed? A few hours of staff time plus postage perhaps? Wouldnt that be a more reasonable solution? The policy that allows Reno properties to be siezed and sold for a negligible assessment should be worrisome to all property owners and should be scrapped. Do you really own your property if it can be siezed by the government so easily? Isn't property that is subject to such easy confiscation worth less in the marketplace, other things being equal, than property that isn't burdened that way? Reno voters and property owners should demand a more humane policy from their government.

Nevadadad - 7/23/2013 1:16 PM
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Sparks Guy is contradicting himself. He "should" be willing to defend his property, but loses that edge when he's wrong. If he doesn't open his mail, there are probably a few bills that he hasn't paid. If he didn't take responsibility for his debts, he's going to be on the losing end of the confrontation. Have you ever known anyone who physically defended their property, whether they were right or not, and weren't either incarcerated or killed? Don't be stupid... Open your mail and pay your bills, and just throw the junk stuff away.

Sparks Guy - 7/22/2013 7:59 PM
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People like Sparks Gal are the problem. I loathe humanity and I isolate myself from the rest of you lot quite on purpose. If you come knocking at the gate, I do not answer. If my phone rings, I do not know because I keep it on silent. If you send me mail, I retrieve only the pieces that look important and the rest sit there in the box and are eventually returned to sender. I pay my bills if they are presented as bills in an upfront manner, but deception will not be rewarded. I don't use credit, and I don't care about my credit rating. If you're honest, direct, and I know that I owe you what you say I owe, then I will pay. Otherwise, you won't get a dime. I defend my property in a manner consistent with the Second Amendment, the Third Amendment (sorry, soldiers!), and the Fourth Amendment. Especially from LEOs. Nobody has ever given me static. Not once. The City of Sparks is just trying to take advantage of the elderly, the disabled, and the simple. I'd say "Shame on you", except that I don't care enough to even finish typing this comm

Sparks Gal - 7/22/2013 6:30 PM
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This story reflects a not-too-infrequent plea by some homeowners who happen to live in common-interest communities throughout the USA. An allied claim offered by some go like this "The letter was addressed to my husband and he died last year, so I never open his mail." That was how an elderly widow in another state tried to claim "What, me?" when her home was about to be foreclosed. Just because the City of Reno did not show on the envelope, how could she assume it was "junk mail"? It's a convenient excuse. Here is the lesson: when you get a "certified mail" envelope with a green label on the front, take a few seconds and OPEN it. I am tired of folks who cry foul when they should take responsibility for their own inactions! I'm sorry, Joe, but her own stupidity should not be rewarded!
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