joined:Nov 22, 2004
Has anyone ever been sent an excise tax bill from the city your data center is located in, for a collocated server?
I've been using ManagedWay (formerly Waveform) to collocate one server for the past 12 years or so.(I change out the server periodically, I'm not running THE SAME server for 12 years!) Suddenly, out of the blue, I'm getting personal property tax (aka excise tax) bills from the city of Troy, Michigan. I live in Massachusetts. I have exactly 1 server, a 2008 Apple Xserve, that hosts my websites. They've valued that server as $1000 (for a 10 year old computer!). But even if it were a $1000 computer, this doesn't seem right? And why now? This doesn't make sense. This doesn't seem right that this is a situation where they would charge me excise tax, and it doesn't seem right that they would bother taxing someone over 'assets' as tiny as ONE SINGLE SERVER. I also told them in a previous letter that it was a single 10 year old computer but that didn't seem to affect their assessment.
Your first thought might be to ask my data center for help. I have several times, they refused to get involved in any way, not even to explain what this is all about, as I am not a local and don't know anything about how Michigan taxes work.
This whole situation, the crap from the city, and the super-unhelpfulness of the data center, has really left a sour taste in my mouth. Nice time I put a new server in service (hopefully soon), I'm going to find a different data center in a different state. In the meantime, not sure what to do about this. I'm going to send the bill back to them with a letter saying I think this was sent to me in error.