He was probably the only property tax delinquent to sign autographs as he paid his bill.
Paul Revere, of Paul Revere and the Raiders fame, arrived at the Ada County Treasurer's office Wednesday armed with cash and decked out in colonial stage garb and his black, feather-trimmed three-cornered hat.
"Just so there's no mistake I'm paying my bill!" said Revere, who missed his payment three years ago on a 3,000-square-foot parcel of land at Orchard Street and Blaser Circle. The original bill of $9.91 has since blossomed to $533, including late charges.
State law allows property owners to be delinquent on their bills for three years before the county has to claim the property and auction it off. Folks on the late list have to pay their taxes by today, or the county will auction it off in this spring.
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But it wasn't Revere's fault, said Jeff Huber, who handles Revere's real-estate ventures. The 1991 bill got buried under paperwork, Huber explained.
So minutes before Revere was due on a plane bound for a gig in Hawaii, he showed up at the treasurer's office, $10 bill in hand to cover the original tax charge.
"It was my plot to bury me in, " Revere joked about the small piece of property. "I don't know who's going to pay my bill once I'm in it, but I don't give a damn."
Employees behind the counters of the auditor's and treasurer's offices gathered to watch the leader of the band that had a series of '60s gold records, including "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cheroke Reservation Indian)." He signed half a dozen autographs before he left.
Shirley Brucks, an accountant in the auditor's office, showed off Revere's signature, scrawled on white memo-cube paper.
"I grew up in that generation," Brucks said. "I'm going to take it home and frame it."