“(The tax collectors) are not going to do anything other than go by the postmark,” he said. “It’s an obvious problem.”
However, Marion said, the tax collector contacted the U.S. Postal Service about Scott and others who had mailed their payments on Jan. 31 and had the same problem.
LaFountain could not be reached for comment. But her email prompted Frank Raso, the manager of the Postal Service’s marketing at the Albany District Processing Center, to contact Scott.
Raso explained what had happened and sent him a letter of apology.
Scott then wrote a letter to LaFountain, telling her about the mail error and submitted his tax payments again, including Raso’s apology.
He said they were accepted and the fine removed.
Scott said he would do whatever he could to make sure that this doesn’t happen to him again.
“I will not just send (the tax payments) out with the carrier,” he said. “I will go to the front desk of the post office to send them.”
He said he was concerned for others affected by the Postal Service error as well.
“There are a lot of people who pay property taxes in this town,” Scott said. “I hope they know what’s going on.”