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\ni IMF 22—NO. 1.
HAVE THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS KEPT FAITH? • ' ' ■ ■ last i-sji > ■.. . taxpayer ■ ■ • ere lia^e !■• • • ig ■ reduc »«. Public pinioi .- spoken decisively and clearly, saying, ■ the minimum; cvi out everything nol ABSOLUTELY Ml i RSARY." So -t ong I entimeni that in tnanj seel n b1 ite tie people . • ■ . • ■ ■ fa at to impaii the effi ■• dli in an effort to jet relief. It does not take a Holmes to detect th< c condition ' ■ . ■ d< perate an.i that all 1 . - • ••■fkitiL' v reductioi Itelief from the tax-burden is not :i passing popular fancy king at thi ... ■■ im the na 'it■ or the county point of view it is the sann people - i • iced and wl at ie more, they are Koin^ to (jet thit re en if it means new county, tati a nal onal pub!i< T ■". 1 ortunately the day is passing when pub! c •' ■ v r any length of 1 el - ■ lemands i ! people in such matters. Neither is there an;, question but ' ai thi taxpeyers in I 1-i.iunty are in the same frame of mind as taxpayers generally. ! i common need- of grower, merchant, professional num. and labon orwest taxes consistent Hrith efficiency." As far as our i concerned, have cm; I i I Commissione - kepi fait reducing all tax levies to a i nin "consistent «it ieney?' An examination of the count} ecords - essential in answering this question. Beai ng ■ in you] requests to countj als for reduced taxes and the urgent m<- I i nomy, lel us ex amine some uf Vf tax levies made by the County Commissioners dur ing the years 1918, 1920, 1921, and 1922 with special reft i •■ to the new courthouse. iooa articles in the Echo la' c pointed out that Chelan county noes not need an extravagant or magnificent structure rival ing the pretentious courthouses of larger, elder and more wealt! s >ns of the country. These articles have been in line with the pop ular demand for economy. The average taxpayer in tl - co intj has ■ ' ng to fraii . building oi ai ■ xpensive county c thous ire satisfii I tai ■ Frost-] bui ■•..■. cap rec irds i ■•• officia - con fortabl) and a lei the business and governmental needs <>f the county. Beyond this erj ad itional ■: :1 ■• expended is EXTRAVAGANT AND WASTEFUL. <'onsideiinc the need of economy, is it unreasonahli i ■ igi Chelai payer to expect the County Com , to ec inoi ■ ; miting thi lives to say a se 1 enty-t ■ thousand dollar courthouse? ling back I thi cci -. c fil that 1 : • • were ma • >ear« indicated for the purpose of build i ■ courthouse and buyinp . lourth ■ site. ( HELAM HI II. HIM. H Mi CHELAN UHVn Roll 19M 1920 1921 1922 LIGHT ON PROPOSED TAX CHANGES According to announcement by | state headquarters of the Washing ton Tax Limit League, the state in come tax which it proposes, to bring about reduction of taxation on prop erty to 40 mills, will not hit the av erage man who makes $200 a month > or less, and will actually save money for the average home-owner who makes up to .-" 000 a year. "Take the average wage-earner, married, two children, who has bought a little home from years of saving. The home valued at 54.000, aasesed it 2.000. With the tax rate at 70 mills, he pays $140 in taxes, out i of his wages. With the 40-rnill limit he would pay only $S0 taxes, saving of $60. "The state income tax is to take cave o f those essential ■ rnmenta! costs, over and above what a 40-mill levy on property will pay for. The waire earner, suppose, makes up to £200 a month. For himself and his wife he is alowed $2,000 exemption, and $200 for each of the children (or othei total dependents'), making at least $400, or a total exemption of 52.J00. Since he ii allowed a* mart tn exemptions as he actually makes, ho will pay no income tax." "Take the average business nun. coiner trrocer or merchant. Suppose b»- is mnkin<r up to $5000 a year, an 1 has a $5000 home. On the home he is paying, with a 70-mill tax, $175 in taxes on the ."0 per cent valuation. : Vnder the 40-mill levy he won' 1 p:-y but $100 taxes. Olive him a wife and two children, and his exemption*! too. would total $2400. He would my state income tax on (2600, the-:. Uri ilor the income tax rates proposed !■• the Leacue, thin man would piv J7l in income tax. This, with h;» u «'uced property tax. would total si7l for the two taxes, $1 icss than he is paving under the present system 'Take the city pro'easional men, married, two children; living in an apartment. Suppose he make" up to ?10.000 a year in fees. He now es capes real property tax Under the proposed income- tax. (fivinK h'm the snpie exemptions as the other t*v > men, he would nay tav on $7.00(1, amounting to $265; this, for the pro tection and advantages afforded by frovernment, which he does not now pay at all." . "This last man will not be injured by assuming hi« just proportion of the cost of state and local govern ment. H«w long would he maintain his SIO.OOO i'h-ome with t^e business and agriculture of the itate stifled by excessive taxation? The increase 1 prosperity broiurl 'about by a 40-mill property-tax limii law. with its lew distributing: features, would >w the best insurance polity the city profes sional man could buy." is to the farmer, the League con cludes, data of the Washington THE LEAVENWORTH ECHO Tax $ 54,881.0!) 99,528.68 27,490.04 44,817.68 Lev) 8.198 -l .5 1.22 2.00 $226 717.4. State Grange shows he has made no [ income above labor costs during the ; last ten years, except one war year | when he made four pel cent on his investment. He could scarcely, then, j pay an income tax, but he would be ' helped by the accompanying law which set his property tax levy at ! not more than -10 mills on the dollar ] of 50 per cent valuation. DIED IX SEATTLE. Mrs. Sarah L. Davidson, mother of j Howard D. Burrington of the Leaven worth Mercantile Co. store, died Sunday at the Seattle Genera] Hospi tal and the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Butter worth Mortuary, sen ices beinir con ducted by the Rev. J. D. O. Powers! following cremation. Mrs. Davidson is survived by two sons, Howard, who has made Leaven- 1 worth hit home for a year or more, and Walter W. Burrington of Seat tle; and two laughters, Mrs. Helen B. Tin.iall of Seattle am Mrs. Louise B. Sail ■ ■ of 1 ong Beach, Calif. — OITB HEROES. Are they not heroes? Have they not died Under their enirines, side by side? Have they not stood at the throttle and brake And pone down to death for duty's. sake? Calm, undistuibe I. be the peaceful repose Of the men who have died in their overclothes. 1 would not take fin the soldier's ' grave Not even the blades of grass that ' wave; Nor do I ask you to hand me down A sinirle star from the soldier's crown: AH honor to him: but forgel not those Who have lived and died in their overclothes. Twould lie sweet to know, when they're laid to rest, With hands fcliled silently over their breast. Thai their lovetl ones would come to their graves each year. Bring wreaths of flowers; that their loved ones' tears Would Hamper, the dust on the graves of those Who lave lived and .tied in their overclothes. - - Published in the Seattle .-'.. in memory of the four .... men who met death while .■ the performance of their duty November -. ■-- _ A deed was recently recorded at the county seat whereby Otto H. Wagner transferred several sections of land to the Peshastin Lumber & Box Co. IN THK WENATCHEE VALLEY—HOME OF THE Bl<; REU APPLE— WHERE DOLLARS GROW ON TREES LEAVENWORTH. < HELAN COUNTY. WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1922 In other words, Mr. Taxpayer, yon have paid .<22K.7!7 for a build . ' ;!iil by direct tax during a period when you were !>einir prei ■ on every side by heavy and burdensome taxation. If the above amount is absolutely necessary for a courthouse, wouldn't it have lieen better to have waited until nov\ and then bonded for the court house? A courthouse "U^rht to last some forty or fifty years. It it unreasonable in the ligrht of the need for economy and tax reduction, to conclude thai the County Commissioners have broken faith with tin people of Chelan county by adding to their burdens to the extent of ■-'2J*).717.4!t when they might have permitted this burden to have been spread over the next twenty or forty years by issuing !>"n<i<" And this is not all. This building fund tux belonged in the "County Current Expense Fund" as it it b purel) current expense item. The laws of the State of Washington do not provide for a building fund levy as such. Had this building fund levy been enter ed in your tax statements under the head of County Current Ex pense Fund, as it should have been, it would have meant that the levy for current expenses would have exceded 8 mills in 1919, 1920, 1.-l-l and 1!I22. Since 8 mills is the legal limit, beyond which no county may go for current expenses, the County Commissioners would have beer unable to raise this ,*22fi.7lT by direct levy. Mr. E. R. Ennis. treasure; of Spokane county and accountant, who investigated the County Records of I'helan County. Bays in this connection, " for this reason the Building Fund levy is illegal. Any taxpayei can pay his taxes under protest and commence action against she county for the recovery of this illegal levy." In this connection the county records show the following expen ditures for the courthouse site. COST OF SITE N arrant 833 De V. Utter A.- Vera . $10,000.00 834 Ceo. K. Seaman 2.800.00 835 Margaret Simpson '..... 3,000.00 836 A. H. Sylvester - - 9,000.00 837 Mary A. Reed 5.000.00 838 Mary E. Palmer .. . 4,000.00 83!) Ruthe A. Morrison 1,100.00 840 Anna A. Mercer 6,400.00 841 O. W. Mintzei- 4,600.00 842 Susan K. Lindow 2,900.00 843 P. R. Hester 3.150.00 844 Mattie E. Groves '. 1.200.00 845 I). W. Drake 3.750.00 mi; Marshall A. Dean _ 1.400.00 $58,200.00 Above warrants deposited in ißa-crow with J. S. Mooney & Co., April 10th, 1922, pending clearing pi titles. Community Tree Program 1. Community Singing— (a) Si- .'■.—Tableau — "True Christmas lent Night; (In It Came Upon the Spiiit." 4th Grade. Midnight Clear; (c) 0 Little Town of ti. Reading—"A Visit from Santa Bethlehem. Led by Mrs. Wolden- CBaus," 4th Grade, burg. 7. Song- Junior Clas.- M. E. Sumla\ 2.—-I'rayei', Rev. Derby. School. ■". —Solo. Miss Merle Greene. N- Address —0. 1. Gardner. i. Recital ons "Sing a Song of 9. Sons —"0 Silent N:>:h'.." Bth Christmas," Fentress Gardner. "Kris Grade. Krinjjle." Irma .lane Stelzig. "A 10. Tableau—Gospel Mission. Christmai Carol," Jean Field 11. Benediction. Program begins at 6 p. m., Dec. 24 -i: the Community Building. COUNTY DIVISION MEETING AT PESHASTIN. A meeting was held at Peshastin ' last Friday evening under the auspic es of the Peshastir Commercial club to consider the matter of county div- , ision. About sixty weir present, a few of whom were from Leaven worth. The proposition was thor oughly discussed and a vote was tak en which showed a very great senti ment in fovor of division. Preceding the meeting a banquet was served to all present by the do mestic science class of the Peshastin schools. It consisted of several cour , ses of most deliriously prepare viands and t)«licac hs, ;i|l of which were much relished. MACCABEE WOMAN'S BENEFIT ASSN. KMVTS. The Woman's Benefit ansiicmlior i I the Maccabees, held its i;s'!u? meet ing Di 15, in the K. P. hell Mrs. I Kntherine Bowen, District Deputy, was guest of honor. TK» fo!' mince officer! were elected for ♦' c coming year: Commander —Mary Louise Da mody. Lieutenant-Commander — Mildred Burgess. Past Commander—Janet Harris. Record Keeper—Florence Clemen*. Collector—Annie Harris. Lady-at-Arms— Ha el N<-e!y. Sergeant — Susan Strome. I Chaplain—Agnes Potter. Captain of Guards—lda Hoxsey. Refreshments were sened after the meeting by Mrs. Hoxsey an-^ Mrs. Bower. D. D. Next meeting , will be held in the K. P. hall Jan. 5. Mrs. Darmody and Mrs. Burgess, hostesses. V L. Sawyer, manager of the Pi shastin Lumber and Box Co., lef* Wednesday for Helena, Montana, to spend the holidays with Mm. Sawyer and baby and Mr. ■" Mr*. LouW Heitman. LEAVENWOBTH LODGE visits CASHMERE I. O. O. F. A delegation from the Leaven worth Odd Fellows lodge paid a fra ternal visit to the local lodge of the order last Thursday night. They brought along a candidate ■■■ decree honors anil after the local brethren had concluded work in the third de gree helped the visitors with the work they were to put on. After the lodge session the members sat down to a fine repast. About a half dozen came down from Leavenwi th.— Cashmere Record. PYTHIAN SISTERS ELECT. I At then meeting Tuesday evening the Pythian Sisters elected the fol- j lowing officers: Mrs. Doris Brender, Past Chief. Mrs. Herman Franklin. Excellent Chief. Mrs. John S. Brender. Excellent Senior. Mrs. Maude Jones. Excellent Jun ior. Mrs. Anna Southworth, Manager. Mrs. Bert Gofl Protector. Mrs. Minnie Clemens, Press Cor respondent. Mrs. Emma Hansen, Guard. Mrs. Eddith Hathaway. Mistress of Correspondence and Records. Mrs. James Cmbctt, Mistress of Exchequer. FUNERAL OF MRS. ANDERS. The funeral 'services of Mrs. Fran ces Cora Anders! was held from the Leavenworth Undertaking Parlor? Monday, Dec. 18, at ! p. m. Mrs. Anders was born August 26, 1888, at St. Paul. Nebraska, and died Decebmer 11, at Oakland, California. , .She leaves husband, n<in. father and ; mother and one sister to nwarn her j !oss. These various purchases include the actual ground for the site a.* vveil as the houses on the various lots. The followinp ices wen' probably maile on the basis that the purchasers pay for moving the houses. 211 Washington St., J. A. Gellatiy s 100.00 209 Washington St., K. ,!. Reason 250.00 217 Washington St.. E. •). Reason 160.00 :;)■". Uoujrlas St.. R. P, Crago 1,000.00 304 Oroado St.. 1.. S. Phillip* 325.00 310 Orondo St.. .1. H. lieyer. 125.00 318 Okanog-an Am:-.. R. I. Crago . 660.00 888 Okanopan Aye.. G. G. Wolfberger 160.00 - .^.'iO.OO In addition to the above houses we understand that five houso wi'fc moved to the County Farms. Without farther data one can not comment upon the prices for which these houses were sold except to say that a comparison of what the county paid for the houses ami the lots, with amounts received from the sale of these houses would in dicate that practically all the $58,200 went for the lots and very little for the houses. Isn't $58,200 excessively hiijh for a few lots for a courthouse site ? We all recognize that the duties of a county commissioner, like that of all public officers, is a difficult position and a thankless job. But we also recognize that some county commissioners fulfill their duties for the best interests of the public at large and others DO NOT. In coming to a conclusion as to whether or not any public of ficial is playing "fair" and obeying the will of the majority of the voters it is necessary to get the "facts in the case." Hearsay is of no value in determining the merits of the case. Therefore in asking the question. "Have the County Commissioners Kept Faith"" an at tempt has been made to be perfectly fair in the matter by backing up the answer to that question by actual FACTS. STATISTICAL DATA. AND INFORMATION from the county records. The record i.- given above. You can read it anil draw your own conclusion.-. The facts cannot be refuted by even the ablest and smoothest lawyer. During the years 1819, 1920, 192] and 1922 our County Commissioners levied Building Fund levy which netted $122ti. --717.49. This increased the county taxes by that amount during a period when TAX REDUCTION and not TAX INCREASE was the need of every taxpayer. Not only did they disregard the demand for lower taxes in this matter of a building: program but the '"Current Ex penses," as explained above, were actually in excess of the legal lim it of 8 mills. Add to these, the fact that the courthouse will cost :it least $326,000.00 besides the cost of the site, foundation and furnish ings, and it is difficult to come to any other conclusion than that these >ame County Commissioners arc flagrantly EXTRAVAGANT and DERELICT in their duties to the interests of the taxpayer and his I for economy. LECTURER COMING. K. F. Dummeir, professor of eco nomics of the state college at Pull man will deliver two lectures, one at Peshastin and one at Leavenworth. | The lectures will be on Jan. -1 and 5, but at this writing it has not been i settled which place he would lecture j : 11 At Pe&haslin Prof. Dummeir will speak on the .subject: "How Does the Tariff Effect the Farmer and Con sumer?" At Leavenworth it is ex pected he will talk on "Taxation." The Commercial clubs will pay the expenses of the lecture and no admis sion fee will be charged. Everyone should attend. Dates will be pub- I lished later. Local organizations ought not allow other meetings to in terfere with attendance at I •■■<■ lee- MASONS ELECT. At their meeting Monday evening the Masons elected the following of- I ficers for the ensuing term: W. M.— A. McClellan. S. —O. A. Lee. , J. \v. H. F. Ring. Treasurer— H. G. Krollpfeiffe ! Secretary— D. H. Cameron. Installation will take place at the | first meeting in January. Rev. and Mrs. Emery and children were up from Peshastin yesterday. The Helm Bros, have a contract to cut 300 cords of wood for .1. H. Hess. Nick Kincherf was at Wenal Tuesday attending to business mat ters. Mrs. Tom Featherstone went to Se attle last Saturday to spend the holi days with her folks. Franlc Varo left Wednesday night to join Mrs. Varo in Idaho where \ they will spend the holidays with rel atives. The Seattle Times reports the is suance of a marriage license to Mr. Michael F. Hans of Seattle and Miss Flora E. McDonald of Leaven worth. E. P. - ...• was in from Plain yesterday and said that he was not ; coming to town again until spring. If .... weather ... ... yes- I terday should be "prevalent" we'll ■ bet he will be in often. $2.50 I'EK YEAR SALE OF HOUSES SLEEPING SICKNESS IS HERE Dr. Hoxsey it-ports the first case of sleeping-sickness ever known in Leavenworth. The case ii that of Douglas Hani man, 18-year-old son of Mr. anil Mrs. John Hardman, who was first afflict ed some two or three weeks airo when he bepan to feel drowsy all the time. The doctor was not called in until later and hail been atten'linir him only a few days at this writing (Tuesday) when he was reported to apparently be pettinjr better. Hi had been sleeping about 20 hours a i ay. that being the most hours he slept during any 24. Prior to Tues day he had been averse to eatinij and had taken but little food for several days. Tuesday he ate quite willing ly, and it was then hoped that he would recover. Prior to his affliction he had been employed in a lumber camp north of town. Sleeping sickness is a disease which is a puzzle to the physicians. It* ' pathology after inception is quite well understood, but its cause is not known, other than it seems to be a result of low blood pressure or an ' anaemic condition. The blood pres i sure in the brain, however, becames ' abnormal, causing sleepiness, and • postmortem examinations have re : ve.aled that the blood had concealed. ! Stimulants to acclerate the circula ] tion of the blood are employed in I treating* the disease, and cold packs on the head and hot packs on the foot are used. Dr. Hoxsey, who came to Leaven worth before the railroad was con structed here, s:iys that this is the first case of the disease known to oc cur here, and it is only within recent years that the disease existed, at least as it is now understood. Apo j p'exy is a similar disc.'re. Of recent years *le*p ;nir »ickne«u ] has become increasingly prevalent • arid durine the present month an as ' tonishinply larye n".mi • r of caaeo i have been repoited fom Spokane, j Doctors are unable t> teat p«tiei»li j with assurance of recovery. Dr. C. A. Laws arrived home T ■•• --'• day from Feattle and says that Mrs. j Lawi ii improving ami will noon r* ■ turn horn*.