Six Sigma This

28 Jan

Could there ever have been a costlier county budget process more fraught with intransigence and stupidity? Giambra’s borrow & spend and reliance on tobacco money and other one-shots seems almost comfortably predictable compared to this carnival show.

During the court battle in December, Collins went ahead and printed property tax bills although the dispute had not been resolved. This necessitated yet another re-printing after Judge Michalek rolled back most of Collins’ hoped-for tax hike. (Hoped-for because it would have enabled him to make the legislature look bad). So, two printing runs, and it now turns out that many of the tax bills that were sent out were incorrect.

Last Friday, Lackawanna Mayor Norm Polanski called Comptroller Mark Poloncarz to inform him that, based on the previous year’s bills, there was an incorrect and higher charge for Lackawanna. Poloncarz’s office investigated and determined that,

mistakes were made by the Department of Real Property Tax Services “(Real Property”) in establishing the tax warrants for the property tax bills for 2009. That mistake resulted in incorrect individual bills being produced for property owners in the impacted cities and towns.

The Comptroller’s Office determined that for some reason, Real Property incorrectly charged 25 of the 28 towns/cities in Erie County on their 2009 tax warrants for the community college chargeback amount. The Comptroller’s Office notes that the Director of Real Property Tax Services has already accepted responsibility for the mistake.

So new tax bills need to be printed – and we get to pay for it – for the affected municipalities. The mistake appears to be based on incorrect community college chargeback figures. The chart of municipalities is viewable here.

The Failboat continues to list.

3 Responses to “Six Sigma This”

  1. buffalomom January 28, 2009 at 6:58 am #

    seems to me if collins were truly running this as a business, HE’D eat the cost of his defective product – meaning his tax bills.

    we have to pay for this? jesus, he’s not only arrogant but incompetent too?

  2. Brian January 28, 2009 at 7:05 am #

    I’m expecting his Six Sigma office to come out any day and say that it would be more efficient to just go with whatever budget the County Executive writes and to take away the steps that involve the Legislature and Comptroller.

  3. JP January 28, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    I went to polancarz’s site to view the chart and saw that his office just got an award for excellence in financial reports. I bet that pisses off Collins after he gets a failboat award. Is it just me or is the Collins administration the group that can’t shoot straight on anything?

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