We recently got 2 raccomandata from our local commune with bills
We recently got 2 raccomandata from our local commune with bills for local rubbish collection amounting to €4500. This includes €1000 non payment fines. We finished our house build years ago and the Giometra finalised the paperwork with the comune. We have the paperwork clearly date stamped by the planning department. We visited the comune to find out what it was all about. They said they hadn’t billed us for rubbish because they didn’t know we were there. We showed them their date stamped paperwork, but apparently they have no internal communication mechanism and just because the Geometra logged the paperwork with their people, he didn’t actually walk up to the desk of the actual person whose job it is to do the rubbish billing, and therefore we have a fine.
A couple of days later we received two more raccomandata for fines for ICI for the period when prima casa was cost free. Again, a trip to the comune. The same story. Yes, the Geometra had logged the house with the planning team in the comune, but he hadn’t gone up to the desk to the bloke who deals with ICI. The staff member even joked that although ICI sits next to rubbish in their office, there is no internal communication system so both have to be visited independently otherwise you get a fine. They thought it was all very amusing and showed us a stack of files filling a whole bookshelf of people in a similar situation.
Not knowing how it all works here and learning as we go along from sources like the wonderfully helpful Italy Magazine we thought we had received all the bills that we need to pay in the post, and had ICI covered by our accountant. We hold our hands up to the rubbish bill and realise that despite never receiving a bill, we perhaps should have known somehow that it wasn’t one of or included in one of the multitude of bills we already received. However, to be fined all this money when the comune had all the correct paperwork but simply don’t communication between themselves ….! Well, what do you lot think?