More on Bureaucratic Hell Mono County

I have written a number of times about bureaucratic hellhole and most bureaucratic county Mono County, California.

Today, they confirmed by mail that my 11 campgrounds, all within 3 miles of each other and managed under a single contract as a single complex with the US Forest Service, now need to be registered separately with 11 tax ID's and 11 separate sales tax reports.  I must fill in the same detailed application 11 times, and each application has 3 pages plus 3 carbons for a total of 66 pages of information.  So, in order to collect exactly the same amount of tax that I have been collecting on exactly the same campgrounds for the last several years, Mono County needs 66 pages of paperwork, and apparently needs these same 66 pages filled out again each year.  Also, instead of filing a single consolidated sales tax report each quarter, I now must file 11 separate reports for a total of 44 a year. 

Can you imagine the insanity if the whole state adopted this approach?  That McDonalds in California or Unocal would have to file thousands of reports a month instead of one?  This is what happens when you let bureaucrats run amok.


  1. Matt:

    The more you tell about your experiences, the happier I am that my business is about as lightly-burdened as it's possible to be in the United States without committing a crime serious enough to provoke attention. (The services we sell aren't taxable in any jurisdiction where we currently have a tax nexus or likely will have one in the we only have to _pay_ taxes, rather than _collect_ them...the latter being the source of most of your misery. We also don't sell to the government.)

  2. Salmo:

    The bureaucrats are rewarded for making more paper come across their desks, because when the paper is stopped, the administration and legislature will do anything to get it going again. So, they will stop the paper and say, "I need a state car", and they will get one. Then they stop the paper and say, "I need a bigger office", and that will become a necessity. Finally, they stop the paper and say, "I need an assistant." The assistant's job is to make the paper come across his/her desk too. That is what they call progress.