Archive | June 25, 2013

Reasons 21 To 25 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#21. Last night the downstairs’ remote for the Genie stopped working … now I have to pound it on a table and jiggle the device select slider before it will work! The remote controller is not even 5 days old.

#22. I still haven’t found a way to do a search directly from the Guide, without having to hit INFO and then fiddle around looking for ‘Upcoming’ etc. With DISH you could just hit the search button whenever and it automatically populated the search field with the program that was selected on the guide, the program you were watching or even a program on the list (depending on where you were). Now that is SMART search. 

#23. The information displayed when scrolling through the Guide is not enough. With DISH you got at least two more lines of information which precluded having to make another step to get more information on the program.

#24. Ok, so you can playback YouTube videos but the DVR controls (eg. stop, FF, REV) do not appear to work with YouTube.

#25. When looking through the Guide for a series, say Discovery Channel’sFast N’ Loud‘, the brief ‘info’ at top does not tell you the year or episode number. With DISH you got both, so I could work out whether I had seen that episode. 


The 'Better Business Bureau' accepted my complaint against DirecTV. Click to ENLARGE.

The ‘Better Business Bureau’ accepted my complaint against DirecTV. Click to ENLARGE.

 

Alton, N. H. Property Taxes Due (For Those That Pay It) On July 1, 2013. No Change In Rates As Is Always The Convoluted Case.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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If you pay Alton property taxes and do so directly as opposed to having it paid from escrow by a mortgage company, the tax bill is due on July 1, 2013 — or you face a 12% (per year) interest charge (though I know that the Tax Collector kindly enough allows a few days leeway on this, assuming of course that you actually believe in paying Alton property taxes).

Those of you who thought that you will see a drop in your tax bill now that the $18 million Alton Central School renovation bond was quite rightly rejected by the voters might be in for a surprise. This ‘July’ tax bill is still based on the old, i.e., 2012-2013, rate. So it is by default and definition 1/2 of the December 2012 bill (even if you in December paid more than 1/2 of it, which you would have).

This is yet another arcaneness (and possibly even outright stupidity) in the way NH Property Taxes are worked out — some of it has to do with when the State approves its budget in the Summer etc.

Hopefully, if the State & Belknap County does not whack us with a huge tax increase we should see the Alton rate go down ‘slightly’ since the $0.68 per $1,000 assessed value that we had been paying for the Prospect Mountain School bond was retired in December 2012. Then what we paid in July gets applied against it — which in theory could lead to a lower tax bill in December, though to be honest I am not counting on that.

This from the Alton Town Tax Collector explains, quite well, the very confusing and convoluted way that our tax bills are calculated and collected.


Right click to ENLARGE this image or click on the link below to access the original, without my emphasis, at the Alton Town's (very slow) website.

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Click here to access original at ‘alton.nh.gov’ website.


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