Cell phone tax refunds now available, back to February 2012. Get ’em before the city runs out of money!

17 Jan

Before I head out to take the laundry down, I wanted to say, I got a note from Frank Fields over in the Finance Department that the cell phone tax refund info and applications have been put on the city website.  Here’s the application with all the information you need:

http://www.chico.ca.us/finance/documents/CellPhoneRefundApplication_011713.pdf

Yes, I had to bitch at him for it, and he put it up so fast I really don’t understand why it wasn’t up Wednesday by noon.

He also mentioned, they’re still trying to figure out how to notice it publicly. At what these people get paid,  they have to make everything they do look like rocket science.  I asked him to let me know, and I’ll keep watching it. 

That’s what it takes folks – gotta stay on it! 

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4 Responses to “Cell phone tax refunds now available, back to February 2012. Get ’em before the city runs out of money!”

  1. Rick Clements January 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    * *

    *From today’s Chico News & Review!*

    *How to get your refund:* An ordinance to change the Municipal Code to make it possible for people to get refunds from the city for taxes paid on cellular phones was on the consent agenda and would have been passed without discussion had not a citizen, Rick Clements, asked to address the council.

    Clements wanted to know what actual process the city had set up to disburse the refunds. Not much of one, it turned out, but city officials agreed to get moving on it and place ads in the local newspapers explaining the process.

    Refund petitioners will need to document their tax payments, going back 12 months.

    • Juanita Sumner January 18, 2013 at 7:29 am #

      Wow – I’d call that an “anamoly” – the N&R reporting NEWS?! The N&R, making fun of city staff?

      Although, I’ll say, as evidenced by my conversation with Frank, they already were “moving on it,” just not very fast. They had to wait for council to approve that stickler about having to ask your carrier first. I have to wonder, how the stickler got in there – there was no such requirement for collection of any other utility rebates.

      Also, there’s some pretty heavy shit going down in Finance – where the hell is Jennifer Hennessy? All the sudden little Frankie is in charge, like your older brother while your parents are out of town at a funeral. “Mom said not to call her unless blood wasn’t coagulating.”

      Well, Oh Mighty Rick, your next job will be to get the unknowing masses in to collect their refunds. Still got that plywood and that can of red spray paint? I got an idea.

  2. Meggy Boom Boom March 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    What am I looking for on my bill when I fill in the monthly sections? I have ATT, but when looking on my bill, I don’t see any type of local tax section. How do I know what numbers to fill in? Thanks in advance for your help! I take any all money I can!!!

    • Juanita Sumner March 30, 2013 at 6:38 am #

      “Local”, “city” and “user fee” are key words. I just found it on my friend’s bill in two places, one said “local” and the other said “city use fee” or something like that.

      Of course, you have to live within the city limits, and you may know, there’s all these “county pockets” around town, anywhere near the outskirts of town you have to ask yourself, “am I a city dweller, or a county pocket dweller.”

      Thanks for asking, it’s good to see people are going to the trouble of taking back their illegally taken money. That’s what has to be done. It’s a pain in the neck, and some people might think it’s not worth the money (other people, I think it’s worth it), but it’s really important to let the city know, we see what they’re doing, and we’re not going to take it anymore.

      I like your blog, it’s very honest and refreshing. You have a good sense of humor.

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