RUSH: I need to say something. By the way, thanks, Rich, for the call. I appreciate it. Detroit News, it’s a story: “Half of Detroit Property Owners Don’t Pay Taxes.” From February 21st of this year. Half of Detroit property owners just don’t pay their property taxes. If I didn’t pay mine I’d get kicked out. If I didn’t pay my property tax, my house would be auctioned on the courthouse steps. (interruption) What do you mean, they wouldn’t? It almost did. Let me tell you a little story so people understand that this happens everywhere. Not long after I moved here and purchased the estate — ahem — for a bunch of reasons, the property tax bill was sent to a financial firm in New York City, and the financial firm in New York City, some secretary, didn’t know what to do with it, so it just sat there. I never got the bill.
You get the bill in November here, and you can pay it all then or you can wait a month and it goes up by 2%, another month, and you have until May, I think, to pay it all off. It was early in my residency here, and I was not familiar with how the whole system worked, so I was not aware that the bill arrived in November so I wasn’t even looking for it. It wasn’t even on my mind. It’s ultimately my fault, but I want to tell you what happened. Three days before the due date, the final due date, I get a phone call from somebody who will not tell me who they are, saying, “If you don’t pay your property tax, your house is going up for auction on the courthouse steps, essentially, next week.”
And I had no idea what he was talking about. “Well, who are you?”
“I don’t want to say.”