by Lori Ably
September 17, 2004
Everyone should go about the business of properly completing the correct paperwork when selling your vehicle by turning in the seller's portion of the title and keeping a copy of it in your tax files to prove you no longer own it. That way, when the car eventually gets abandoned along side the road, the seller does not get stuck with the bill and neither do the taxpayers. Then the careless person who has little or no respect for the community in which he/she must sleep, eat and work, will be the only one liable for the costs. To add a little 'umph' to this scenario: if the owner has a criminal history, then their permanent fund should be attached to repay the debt. Of course this isn't a perfect solution, some people will move to the lower 48 and the taxpayer will eat one or two of these debts over the course of time but taxpayers are really taking too much in the shorts here. But that is another letter!
Though we might not print the
names of criminal offenders in the newspaper, I would be satisfied
to see an "Abandoned Cars" column in the newspaper,
listing the make of car and the last known owner of record next
to it. How quickly the dumping would come to a halt when people
who junk cars get their names in the paper! Might even be tough
to get good work, (or any at all) if employers have cause to
think you might treat their business possessions with the same
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