Larry's Wife Posted February 6, 2009 Share Posted February 6, 2009 Sheesh! The county I live in has really ticked me off! I got a shock when I opened my mailbox this afternoon. An envelope from the county. On the outside of the envelope, it says "exemption cancellation enclosed". What?!? So I open it up right then and there. Single page. Big red letters: 2009 CANCELLATION OF HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION It goes on to say that if I have any questions or concerns, to call. I call. The phone rang and rang. So I thought, maybe I dialed the wrong number. I redialed. The phone rang and rang. My heart, by this time, is squarely in my throat. I called again. I let the phone ring 15 times (I counted). Someone picked up, finally!! Hey, I got this notice that you cancelled my homestead exemption. Why? Well, your husband died. Yes. We removed his name from the property records and you need to update your file. Why? I still live here and I didn't ask you to remove his name from our property records. We do it automatically. Well, you just about gave me a heart attack! Why wouldn't you just send a letter telling me I need to update my file? Why scare me like that? Well, because we want you to take us seriously and come in and update your file. OK. I'll be in tomorrow. And then I got to thinking. We have lived in this house for 25 years. Joint ownership. Just because Larry died and they took his name off doesn't change the fact that I have also owned and lived in this house for 25 years. I shouldn't have to update my file. And, in any case, it is unconscionable that they would send a notice like that to any surviving spouse. And I am going to tell them so tomorrow. Jerks!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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