Wednesday, April 12, 2017


A few weeks ago I went to see an old friend’s band play. Imagine my surprise when Bill, the the bassist of the group, handed me a property tax bill from 1981! It was for a house in North Minneapolis that a group of us had once owned in joint tenancy. Bill had found it filed among his papers (he lived next door at the time), it must have been delivered to his house by mistake. While I don’t recall missing any payments from that era, this was about the time we purchased it and we must have gotten a duplicate when we took possession—it didn’t have the homestead credit on it.

The amount of tax was $349, which was low even then. The property wasn’t much to look at, but it did give a bunch of people a pleasant place to live (and a place to start our families) for many years.

By Professor Batty


Blogger oroboros said...

Be interesting to see a current form - appropriately redacted - for comparison with my own.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Minneapolis is pretty high, this property is long gone, but I would suspect that if it still existed it would be in the $2000 area, somewhat less if you lived in it.

Blogger Jono said...

Joint tenancy was a good way to go back then. It was a way to get started.

Blogger Shoshanah Lee Marohn said...

It's still a good way to get started. What a blast from the past!

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