Tuesday, February 24, 2009

To stay or not to stay?

This is a question I ask myself and Randy often. I guess it should be to try to stay or not. I talked to someone at the AG's office the other day. It looks like we may still have options. I don't know, and I damn sure know the lawyers we've talked to don't know. So, once again we're left hangin' in the breeze without a clue. What it really seems to come down to is money. We don't have much. This place isn't worth much. There is a signifcant amount of back taxes that we have just been keeping up with to keep the county from kicking us out. The reason behind that is, why pay them up if the state is only going to take the place? This is important because in the case of a sale of the property by the state, the county taxes gets paid first out of any money from a sale. Oh, and that doesn't include any court costs. What I'm trying to say is, they should take whatever we can offer them. If they don't, it will most likely be auctioned off for next to nothing, and they will end up in the negative.

I do understand that states are mandated by the federal government to come up with a medicaid recovery plan. It is, however, up to the states in how they go about it. With that being said... This is a well known welfare state. I have to ask myself something here. Do other people who find themselves in need of help from the state or federal government ever have to pay anything back? I guess old dying people and their families don't count. We're not talking about some rich jackass, or greedy kids here. We are just trying to keep what we've made our home. Randy and don't have kids. Hell, in this state we'd be doing better if we did, especially if we weren't married. I see it here all the time.

I've said it before, we could do everything we want to do here. We could live off grid here. We could do the rain catchment (even snow) here. It's only one acre, but we could grow more than enough veggies here. Hell, I bet I could talk our neighbor down the road into traiding us veggies for chicken eggs. I don't really know, but with things going the way they are, it's likely.

So, here we are. There are plenty of reasons why I don't want to stay here. I don't really feel like going into that. I will say, they are a plenty.

So, I ask, should we try to stay or should we go? Randy has lived here off and on for a lot of years. He also has a love/hate relationship with this place. I just don't know.


Mayberry said...

Well, like you say, it's better for them if you stay. Whether the county/state realizes that or not is another thing.... It sounds like a decent place to be. BUT, with it causing so much stress and anxiety, maybe it's best to let it go.... I dunno, I guess it boils down to how much crap y'all can put up with.....

Kim said...

Yeah, I hear you. I've been going back and worth on this for about 5 years now. You know, I have to assume there is crap to put up with everywhere. We could only afford 5 acres in the middle of the desert. Although, at the time we didn't even know we might have a chance to keep this place. If we did, we would have just saved our pennies and waited. Hind sight and all that.

Phil said...

I really don't want to be nosy but just how much money are these fuckers wanting?
If it is only one acre after five years, I can see a couple of grand maybe.
They don't want to work with you?
That's fucked up.