Songs Highlight Feelings About Property Tax Bill


Those of us lucky enough to own a house in Payson recently received our annual property tax bill.

As I scrolled down through my 2011 notice last week, I came to the Payson Unified School District line item. As my chin nearly dropped to the floor, I screamed, “What’s Going On” (1971-Marvin Gaye). A whopping 41 percent increase over last year! A $224 dollar increase above 2010! This is “Crazy” (1961-Patsy Cline)!

When I came out of my “State of Shock” (1984-The Jacksons), I called the Gila County assessor’s office and asked, “Can This Be Real?” (1974-Natural Four). To my disbelief and dismay, the “Taxman” (1966-Beatles) told me, “That’s The Way It Is” (2000-Celine Dion). Your tax bill is “Right On The Money” (1999-Alan Jackson).

Well, I wasn’t going to let it go at that, so I continued probing, “Are You Sure” (1961-Aretha Franklin). Maybe there’s been a “Big Mistake” (1987-Peter Cetera) made on my bill.

I pleaded with the man, “Tell Me It Isn’t So” (1969-Bob Dylan). All he kept saying was “I’m Sorry” (1960-Brenda Lee), “Be Sure There’s No Mistake” (1947-Eddy Arnold) and if I had any further “Questions” (1968-Buffalo Springfield), I should go to the local school district office and talk with the good folks there about my concerns (1998-Clear).

Admitting to myself, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” (1965-Rolling Stones) with the county assessor’s office, I headed on down to the Payson school district office.

Unfortunately, at the school office, I was in for more “Bad Luck And Trouble” (1961-Fats Domino). When I asked the secretary if she could explain how my tax bill could go up so drastically over the past year, she stated “We Still Don’t Know” (2007-Lavida), but “We’re In The Money” (1933-Fred Astaire) now!

To say the least, I wasn’t very pleased with the young lady’s reply and told her, “It Isn’t Fair” (1950-Sammy Kaye Orchestra), especially in light of the “Hard Times” (1989-Eric Clapton) we’re all going through during this seemingly never-ending recession.

That was when the secretary winked and said, “Wait Till Next Year” (1969-Ricky Nelson), “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the hard rock group who recorded the 1974 No. 1 hit, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet?”

This four-member band from Vancouver, British Columbia had a series of hit albums and singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums alone in that decade. Their 1970s catalog included five Top 40 albums and six Top 40 singles. The band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide, and has fans affectionately known as “gearheads”(derived from the band’s gear-shaped logo). From 1973-79, this band scored 12 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including the Top 20 hits “Roll On Down The Highway,” “Hey You” and “Takin’ Care Of Business.”

Is the name of this hard rock group: A) Metallica, B) Bachman-Turner Overdrive, C) Guns N’ Roses, or D) Rollin’ In The Dough?

If you’re the fourth caller this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a $15 gift certificate from the Animal Welfare Thrift Shop on West Main Street, courtesy of owner Penny McKinlock. Penny just opened her new store, which benefits the Wonders of the Wild Sanctuary and provides individual financial assistance to individuals who need help with their vet bills.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the country music singer who sang the 1979, Top-5 hit “Family Tradition?” Was this singer A) Ray Parker, Jr., B) Carl Dobkins, Jr., C) Hank Williams, Jr., D) Sammy Davis, Jr.?

The correct answer was Hank Williams, Jr.

Ray Parker, Jr., leader of the band, Raydio, was an R&B singer in the late 1970s-80s, best known for his hit “Ghostbusters,” which was the theme song from the movie of the same name.

Carl Dobkin’s, Jr. was a teen pop singer in the late 1950s. In addition to his singing talent, Sammy Davis, Jr. was one of America’s all-time greatest entertainers of the second half of the 20th century.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Mari Janecek, who has been a winner several times in the past.

Lastly, pictures that I’ve recently added to my Web site are from Larry and Joyce Fait’s 50th wedding anniversary party held last Saturday in the Chaparral Pines clubhouse. Seventy-five family members and friends joined them in their celebration.

Have a great week!. DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482 — Web site:


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