It is time for the real estate tax, or Contribucion as they like to call it. I like the Uruguayan way. It sounds like I have voluntarily decided to support my local infrastructure. But taxes have gone up, this year. Instead of $481 (2010), this year's taxes are $517 (up $36 for those of you who are math challenged, or too lazy to get a calculator). Now, keep in mind that this includes trash pickup, twice (sometimes 3 x's a week). When you consider that, it is quite a bargain, no?
Also, for being a good taxpayer last year, I was given a discount and for paying all at once for this year, another discount. I actually saved over $100 for being responsible. So, paying on time, pays well in Uruguay.
This past few days, I have spent a few hours painting some of the areas that have been peeling for the past few years. Every time Denise looked at her bathroom, where water damage had caused some paint problems, she quietly raged. In less than 2 days, I have managed to clear up all the little problems that have bothered her for years. The good side is that she is happy with the improvement- the bad side is that having taken only hours to accomplish "WHY DIDN'T YOU DO THIS BEFORE NOW!!!???" Well, all's well that end's well. This this year is starting out right. Let's see if we can keep it up.