Message received loud and clear.
Apparently, the Rendell administration's efforts to get property-tax deadbeats to pay up quickly are working.
Last week, city officials mailed letters to about 110,000 delinquent property owners telling them to call or come in quickly and make payment arrangements because, by the end of June, the liens on their properties will be sold and private collectors will be the next to knock on their doors.
So, city finance director Ben Hayllar was not surprised Monday to learn that the number of phone calls handled by the Revenue Department swelled from 10,000 a week to 24,000 in one day. Walk-ins jumped from 30 a day to 350 on Monday.