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PIONEER PAPER OP ARIZONA.
MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS
PRESCOTT, ARIZONA, WEDNESDAY MORNING. OCTOBER 28, 1908.
BUSINESS LIKE RECORD
OF REPUBLICAN OFFICIALS
Criticisms Of Democratic
Spielers Shown To Be
Henry D. Ross, candidate for district attomev nn th n.r..
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cratic ticket, is beguiling, his tintc on the stump in attacking the
"wastefulness and ineffectiveness of the Republican administration,"
his remarks being particularly directed to the Hoard of Supervisors.
Taking as his text several planks of the Democratic platform, he
prtKcods to pour "hot shot," as he thinks, into the Republicans.
Of course. Mr. Ross is such a heavy taxpayer himself, or rather, to
he more explicit, he is rated so heavily on the assessment roll, that
this Miiallcd extravagance distresses him to such an extent that it
disturbs his dreams by night and his digestion by day.
J In Republican party is not ashamed of its record in fnei. ii
is jiroml of it, and we herewith submit the facts and figures taken
from tin records. The taNpayer cannot be fooled bv anv nf tin
njilustrx of Mr. Ross, wio is groaning under the taxes WINCH
HI- DON'T PAY. The people judge by results and they know
that where they arc now paying $2.30 instead of $4 only three years
ago, that there can be little if any waste.
'We Consider that the Rontlhlirnn :irlmmiutr:it
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affairs lias been costly without being effective."
As a literary effort, this extract from the Democratic nlatform
... v.iiWuu,uHt nv ik m nn Hum uciii irue aiaienicnt is
best shown by "the comparisons., which, follow: . . ,
COUNTY RECORDER'S OFFICE.
"J5 ( t. ?5.373-95- Receipts, $6,722.45. Surplus, $1,348.50
Vfy Coat, $6,480.10. Receipts, $0,835.25. Surplus, $.1,140.0')
Surplus for two years, $4,694.59
lost, $7,154.91. Receipts, $8,707.45. Surplus, $1,642.54
) Mos. $5,384.05. Receipts, $5,982.38. Surplus. $ 598.33
Surplus for seven quarters, $2,240.87
Deputies during the Democratic administration received $75
per mouth. The Recorder .received $2000 per year. Under the
prcmt administration, legislative action increased the salary of
"eh dipuly to $100 per month, and also created a chief deputy for
tlic office at a salary of $125 per month. This act was approved
March 14, 1907, and it took effect immediately after its passage,
in the salaries of the deputies employed the difference between the
prcsint amount paid each and that paid under the former adminis
tration, from the time the law iucrcasinir these salaries went into
.tfeel, until October 1. 1008. amounts to S2.2so.67. The salarv of
ffln F. I . . ..... . .
. m-eoruer was also increased py legislative action irom $2000 to
fyoo per year. This increase went into effect in July, 1908, so that
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"Muuti 1 itjuo. lilt illiici cute 111 wik nui.uy n irn; ui'i
Amounts In Sirv-
Therefore, had all salaries remained as thev formerly were the
st of running the office under the present administration for
Kvcn-cights of a full term would have been $2,350.67 less than
s,ioivii above. The siirnlus to the Countv would have been increased
h' this amount and would have been $4,591.54-
The present Recorder is allowed no money for registration.
HlS I)r,l1frecrti- I -- in (rnm llilc criliri Til fVlllfltV nlfin
P"! a denutv ntwlrr th former administration Ss"K for conyinc
"dices th at hnri liiniiiik rn mif nnil wrro falliiifr .mart. The ores-
(r ic ftni.in- llilc mire crnilf- flliiur illirillf office llOtirS. .111(1
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11 is not costing the county a cent more than the regular salaries of
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n the figures showing the cost of the office under the former Re-
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w"ur. .0r this reason the surplus to the county irom me ucmu
trjie administration of the office should have $662.40 deducted
(f0n it, which shows the actual surplus to be $4,032-10-
t. . . . . . ..! .
IjQ.in mn 1 u :M ..,.ntr.nn mnnth than was earn-
94 n twenty-four months under the democratic auminiairanuu.
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fciit Kecorder has had but four, ami lor a portion 01 inc unu,
tlirtc Ti... 1- 1 x -11 iw. flrnai RnmntiT for 1008
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'xtniaicr. comparison 01 uic iwu .....
-i'ioruy in every way, of the one gotten out uu yt.u.
i'nrther than this, it cannot be (ptestioncd that the business dc-
llv affected the receipts
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Cash in Treasury.
January i, 1905. .. .$136,804.32 January i. row. . . .Stact.Ro
January 1, 1906....$ 80,743.22 January 1, 1908. .. .$250,076.94
aeprcmner 1, 190c. . . 104,006.82
Amount of Taxes Collected.
1905- . .$248,287.67 1907. . . .$228,649.26
too6. . . .$239,000.46
These figures refer only to Territorial and County taxes. The
special tax for the High School and for District No. 1, which afreets
Prcscott, only, is not included.
Taxes Paid Territory.
1905. . . .$58,208.32 I907. , , .$68,440.10
Uy referring to the figures showing amount of taxes collected
and amount paid the Territory, it will be seen that in the years 1905
and 1906 more money was received as taxes and less paid to the
Territory than in the year 1907. The .same condition holds good for
the year 1908 but as the taxes for his year have not vet been col.
lected exact figures cannot be given.
On January 1, 1905, there was a balance in the Treasury of
$.36,894.32. During the year 190.5 there was received from all
sources $316,929.29. There was paid out durinir that year
081.39, leaving a balance of $80,742.22 on hand January 1, 1906. In
the amount expended during 1905 there is included the sum of S76.-
037.85 bonds and road warrants redeemed. There is also included
the sum of $32,089.32 paid the Territory for interest and Sioj.-
95r-3 P'ii'1 t tbc Territory for taxes. Taking these amounts from
tne amount expended during 1905 leaves a balance of $159,998.19,
which amount was practically what it cost to run the County for
the year 1905.
In the year 1906 there was received from all sources $309,931.66.
There was' .spent $264,222.08, leaving a balance;-on hand January 1,
.1907- of $551.80. In'thc 'amount' expended during 906 there ii
inchidcd $37,478.17 bonds and road warrants redeemed, $26,991.06
school bonds redeemed and interest paid, and $60,445.01 paid Terri
tory as taxes. These amounts deducted from the total amount ex
pended show that during the year 1906 it cost $139,507.84 to run
In the figures given above as the cost of County irovcrnment.
are included all sums expended for schools, roads, salaries and all
other expenses of the County. The years njo; and'nxtf were years
during which the County had a Democratic Hoard of Supervisors.
In these two years it has just been shown that $299,506.03 was ex
pended in the administration of County affairs. We will now take
up the year 1907 and also ujoS to- October 1st and compare the cost
of a Republican administration with the figures as given for the
previous two years. On January 1, 1907 there was in the Treasury
the sum of $126,451.80. There was received during the year 1907
from all sources the sum of $328,398.90. There was expended dur
ing the year $204,773.76. Included in this sum is $.i6.8si..ts oaid for
school bonds, County interest and special school tax District No. 9.
I here is also the sum ol $io,98.9H expended for new buildings at
the hospital and as partial payment on the new jail building. $7,--VM)3
'"-' was spent on the schools, $3,734.55 more on roads and
$1,741.25 more on bounties for wild animals during 1907 than during
the preceding year. Taking these sums from the amount expended
leaves $138,307.70 as the cost of the first year of the Republican
During 1908 the balance of Territorial taxes for 1907, amounting
t $5y338.95, were paid. The balance of the cost of the jail, amount
ing to $24,593.77, was also paid. In addition, bridges were built, a
pew fence put around the cemetery and all other expenses of the
County paid to date. The balance on January t, 1908 was $250,
076.94. The sum of the amounts paid the Territory and for the
jail and other improvements is $89,252.19. The balance in the Treas
ury September 1, 1908 was $104,006.82. This is more money than
any other Hoard of Supervisors of this County had in the Treasury
before taxes for the current year were collected.
Ilclow arc given a few figures showing in detail the amounts
expended on roads, bridges, improvements, etc.
Lost ot linages.
Granite Creek Hridgc, Road District No. 1 $1,967.17
firnnMi fr'nU- Hriiliriv Rn.id nUlrirl 'n I 'nt m
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Miller Valley Bridge, Road District No. 2 561.90
Agua Fria Iiridgc at Dewey, Road District No. 41 1,494.91
The cost of this last named bridge includes grading and drain
ing the approaches on both sides of the river.
"We pledge our candidate for Supervisor to call for bills on
f'nimtv work instead of mvimr contracts by the aimointment of
Had the present Hoard of Supervisors built these bridges by
contract, the cost would have been much greater. The Oregon I'ine
Bridge Timber in these bridges were furnished to the County by
the S. F. V. & I'. Ry. Co. for $15 per thousand feet. In the case
of the bridge over the Agua Fria, the timbers were delivered at
Dewey for this price. The railroad company would not have fur
nished these timbers to a contractor nor could they have been pur
chased in carload lots anywhere and laid down here for less than
from $35 to $45 per thousand feet.
Cost of new jail building $.274. 39
Cost of fence around cemetery $107000
Cost of new building at hospital ,; rvjio'
These improvements and the bridges shown above" were all
built by the Republican Supervisors and were paid for in full, with
out noticeably affecting the balance in the Treasury. These im
provement have increased the valuation of the property owned by
the County in the sum of $46,585.76.
For the benefit of our Democratic friends, it may lc stated
that the hospital building, the jail building and the cemetery, fence
were built on contracts and in each case these contracts were let
to the lowest bidder.
"We urge the reduction of the tax rate rather than the erec
tion of a new Court House."
Is it possible that the writer of this choice extract from the
Democratic platform has been so short a time in Yavapai County,
as to think the tax rate for 1908 higher than that of 1905? In 1905
the tax rate was $4 per $100, in 1906 $3, in im? $2.o and In irioR
$2.30. Our readers are referred to the declaration of Supervisor
Smith printed in another column. v
'We commit our eatldid.llr fnr SiuirrviMf
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extension tor the rood of the wholr eounirv mwl nf lmil.i;n.r r.....iu :
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a manner to render them permanent instead of following the present
wasteful policy of building roads only to have them wash out acain."
t . I . a.
vvitn anont 1250 miles of county roads to be Kent tin and a tax
for road purposes of 25 cents on $100, it micht be somewhat of a
problem to extend our roads "for the good of the whole country."
Wliile the Democrats are to lie commended for wishing to build
permanent roads, it is most unfortunate that thev did not adont
this policy while they were in power and while they were building
most ol our present roads. A good part of the money that has been
spent on roads by the Supervisors this year was soeiit in tnkinrr
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roads out of the beds of creeks and gulches where the Democrats
had built them and in re-building them aloiii; the mountain sides
so that they would not "wash out again."
Spent on Roads.
1 905 $ I r ,4 20.80 1 00- S 1 H. 1 1 1 Rt
o6 $14,387.32 1908. mos. $i7.7si.B2
"We recommend that nil m:u! lie nut I 11 ill.. C r.HMft..
This also is a recommendation of ercat merit. Iiul like th
Democratic wish for permanent roads, is beinir adonted about twmtv
years to late. During the years 1005 and unu a Democratic Board
bf Supervisors paid the Countv Survrx
Republican Board the County Surveyor received in 1907 $1,384.55.
ui mis amount $1,373.55 was the cost of surveying the Western
boundary of this County. The taxable property, gained in 1907
through this survey had an assessed valuation of $22,344.70. Taxes
in the sum of $608.77 were paid on this property last ye;tr. For 1908
the assessed valuation of this property is $23,037.20 upon which the
taxes will approximately be $529.85. The taxes for the two years,
1907 and 1908, will very nearly pay for the cost of the survey, and
the County will have a perpetual annual income in taxes form the
property in the Territory gained. The gain in mileage on the Santa
Fe, Pacific railroad is about 1.89 miles. The taxes on this, how
ever, were not paid Inst year nor will they be paid this year to this
County for the reason that 110 action in thematter was taken by the
Territorial Board of Initialization, which Board returns all railroad
. In 1908, while the exact figures ate not at hand, any one who
wishes may inspect the books of the Supervisors' office and will find
that during this year to date the Surveyor has already been paid
several times the amount that he received during the two years
1905 and 1906.
. The so-called ' Latimer strip' which is what the Territory
gained through the survey of the Western boundary line of Yavapai
County has been there since the earth was created and might have
ben secured many years ago had the Democrats been one-half so
anxious to employ the County Sjtrveyor as they now claim to be.
ExDended for Schooli.
These figures refer only to amounts taken out of the general
school fund. The cost of uiaintaiuuig the High School and also the
Grammar School is not given as it refers to Prcscott only and is
not of interest to the outside sections of the County.
Assessment roll, 1906, $6,339,712.75. 1
Assessment roll, 1908, $16,318,151.76.
In 1905 the expense of the Assessor's office was $3461. For
nine months of the present year it was $3,660.80. Here at last it
seems is where Republican administration has been costly. That
it has been more effective in proportion is shown by the figures
above. While it is true that the Democratic administration of this
office was not costly to the County, yet it is just as true that it was
very costly to the former occupant of the office. Chapter 71 of the
Session Laws of the Twenty-fourth Legislative Assembly of Ari
zona should be -read by all persons who may think the Republican
administration of this office costly and is also recommended to any
Democrat who may have known but has forgotten the reason that
this office cost so little in the years 1903 and 1904.
Had the Democratic Supervisors supported the former Assessor
as the present Board is supporting the incumbent of that office, the
cost of the office to the County would have been greater, but the re
sults would have been in import ion.
These facts and figures arc taken from the County Records and
hardly bear out the Democratic statement that "The Republican
administration of County affairs has been costly without being
effective." Every voter must form his own opinion and vote accord
ingly. The Republican administration stands upon its record and
is satisfied to be judged by that record.