Frank Alford owns several rental homes in New Albany, Indiana. At property tax time those homes add up. This year he owed $21,333. He paid in full at the city county building in New Albany using coins.
Alford used Susan B. Anthony dollar coins to pay off his taxes and make a statement at the same time. He carried a sign stating “Property taxes gone wild” when he toted a coin-filled garbage can into the building.
“I’m letting them know I’m a very unhappy taxpayer,” he said.
Since 2006 the man claims his property taxes have increased 48 percent. Recent tax relief passed in Indiana Legislature overlooks those with rental property. Alford says that if you don’t live in property you own you’re paying double the tax.
Alford is a retiree who has had two hip replacements. That may have made toting the 400 pounds of coins to the tax man a bit more difficult.
Deputy clerk Bette Buechler tallied up the Susan B. Anthony coins quickly after getting a Floyd County deputy sheriff’s help getting the can to the bank.
Last year Alford paid his tax in dollar bills. He has said that next year’s protest of taxes may be a little heavier. While the office doesn’t accept pennies that leaves him quarters, dimes and nickles to pay his outrageous tax bills.