Last Wednesday evening the Indiana Department of Revenue placed a sign on the door of the radio station for overdue taxes while I was out of the state for the holiday. I had received a letter about 10 days earlier from them with the warning and immediately contacted the tax consultant in Indianapolis that I have been working with for about 2 years. He made contact with the state and Tuesday morning emailed me saying, “You shouldn’t have to worry about them coming to place signs at your business. They only do that when you don’t respond. Plus they see that most of the unpaid amounts are covered by the installment arrangement.”
Needless to say, communication must not have been clear.
Once notified by a friend, I immediately contacted the tax consultant and was told on Thanksgiving morning that they would contact the state on Friday and clear up the matter, but with the holiday contact could not be made until Monday.
Because of the signage, WTCA employees were told not to enter the building or remove anything until the matter was resolved. Although employees couldn’t be in the radio station we continued to broadcast using our computer programming.
We also experience some trouble with our transmitter over the long holiday weekend and had some short interruptions of broadcasting while repairs were being made.
In the meantime, on Friday afternoon, long time employee Tony Ross tendered his letter of resignation effective immediately. “I know that he was terribly upset and I did make numerous efforts to contact him and assure him that everything would be taken care of first thing Monday morning.”
After paying the overdue taxes first thing on Monday morning I called Tony’s cell phone and left a message asking to meet and see if we could work things out. He never returned my call. I sent a text Monday afternoon asking him to do the basketball game Tuesday night. Later that evening he responded by email and said he already had plans and might not be able to change them.
I think we all know the old saying, “Bad things happen in threes”. Well, I guess that’s true. The flaw with our taxes was a minor mishap that turned into a very unfortunate situation with everyone involved.
WTCA has served the Marshall County community for 49 plus years and we hope to be here for many more. It’s one day at a time and with the help of our staff, family and friends we will get through this. We will be transitioning with our sports broadcasts as people have been generous to step in and offer to help. Please be patient with us as we work on getting a quality broadcast for you our listeners.
Our biggest priority is serving the Marshall County communities with local news, weather, sports and information. We are working long and hard to keep things as normal as possible.