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Evening capital news. (Boise, Idaho) 1901-1927, April 16, 1916, Image 12

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rod SIMM Of
Letter of Explanation Is Is
sued by Advisory Com
mittee Named by County
The good roads election committee,
interested in the passage of the $ 200,000
good roads bond issue in Ada county
at the election to be held this month,
has issued the following letter In ex
planation of what the bonds mean to
residents of the county and tba bene
fits to be derived If the election auth
orizing their issuance Is carried:
"On Tuesday, April 25, 1918, an elec
tion will be held in Ada county for the
of determining whether or not
shall vote county bonds In the sum
of $200,000 for the purpose of complet
ing the good roads system heretofore
begun. The polls will be open from 10
a, m. to 8 p. m., and any qualified elec
tor is entitled to vote, without regls
■ s
"Every man and woman
county is in favor of good roads just
as they are in favor of good schools,
churches and comfortable homes. The
only reason why there will be a single
vote against the bonds for building
good roads is the fear on the part of
taxpayers that the. voting of these
bonds will increase taxation.
"It is the purpose of this letter to
present certain facts which will show
that the building of good roads will not
Increase taxes, but on the contrary
will reduce them.
"Before stating these facts there is
certain information which should be
"The question is often asked, 'If these
bonds are voted, where are the new
roads to be built?'
"Answer—Under the law the board
of county commissioners designate the
in Ada
"In this connection, however, it is
highly important that each section in
Ada county should be represented by a
man conversant with the condition in
his particular section to advise with
the county commissioners in laying out
and improving the roads in each local
ity. With this in mind, a committee
has been selected to advise with the
board of county commissioners, which
committee is composed of the following
named persons: Frank Gardner, Eagle,
J. E. Roberts, Star; E. C. Pfaffle, Me
ridian; I. L. Truax, Five Mile.
"The above-named inen are promt
net in the business affairs of their par
ticular localities and will be able to
give the county commissioners great
assistance in determining the proper
roads to be built.
To Pay Interest on Bonds.
"Prior to 1913 there was no state 11
automobiles and motor
Eaeh city and village licensed
cense upon
automobiles and motorcycles in such
an amount as was provided by Its lo
cal ordinance. This license money was
paid to the city or village government.
'"The legislature in 1913 created a
'state highway commission' and pro
vided for the sale of licenses for auto
mobiles and motorcycles; the license
for automobiles ranging from *15 to
$40 and on motorcycles $5.00. This 11
money was paid to the state
treasurer and kept In a separate fund,
known as the
T^ie governor of the state appointed a
•state highway commission,' which
commission had authority to, use the
funds in the 'state highway fund' for
the purpose of constructing state high
state highway fund.'
•'The legislature evidently thought it
best to make some provision whereby
each county couljl take a portion of the
from the licenses sold in its
particular county and bwlld its own
roads, so a provisu was made that if
county in the state would vote
bonds for the purpose of building good
roads then the board of county com
missioners should have a right to draw
from the state treasurer enough of the
money raised from the sale of auto
mobile licenses in such county to pay
the interest on its outstanding bonds,
the maximum amount to be drawn not
to exceed 70 per cent of the total money
raised from the sale of licenses In each
county. It also provided that if no
bonds were voted then the countv
should have no portion of the money so
"in 1915 this law was amended so as
to give each county 70 per cent of tho
money raised from the sale of auto
mobile and motorcycle licenses and fur
ther provided that in addition to paying
interest upon bonds from such licenses
each county might create a sinking
fund for the redemption of the bonds
"in 1913 Ada county took advantage
of this law and voted its first bonds In
the sum of $200,000. There was some
opposition at That time, based upon the
fear that this bond issue would in
crease taxes and that the license money
from automobiles would be Insufficient
to meet the Interest charges.
bonds were voted and sold at 5 and 6 Vi
per cent interest.
"Every dollar with which to pay In
terest on these bonds has been secured
from the 'state highway fund,' under
the provisions of the laws hereinbefore
referred to, and without expense to the
laxpav ers.
"We have not only been able to pay
the interest on outstanding bonds from
automobile licenses, but last year we
created a surplus of $1500, and this year
we will bave a surplus of $5500 or more.
Money to Pay Interest.
"Below is given a statement of the
n- rneys received by Ada county from
the. state treasurer from sale of auto
mobile licenses:
1913 (tlie year the law went Into
.$ 7,750
. 10.032
. 12,1X7
. 11,234
'HI be over
$3000 more for the year 191«, making a
total for this year of *14.009.
'"■The interest on the outstanUbi'j
3 914
1915 ..
1910, to April 3.
'TJt is estimated there
bonds »mounts to J 10,780 » year.
"On the 8200,000 bond» which are
outstanding there was no Interest due
until 1914, bo when the first Interest
was payable, amounting to $10,700, we
had on hand approximately $18,000
from the sale of automobile licenses.
By reference to the above table of
receipts you will readily see that we
have more than a year's Interest ahead
on this entire bond Issue at the present
"If we vote these additional bonds It
is believed that we can sell them at 4
or 414 per cent Interest. We would not
use over *75,000 of the money this year,
and no Interest would be due until a
year from the time they are sold, so If
you will again refer to the figure» given
above you will see that we have enough
money on hand at the present time to
pay the Interest on these new bonds
which will be du# in 1917. Of course
in 1917 we will again receive the li
cense money, which will pay our Inter
est for 1918.
"There Is another thing which should
not be lost sight of, and that is that
the number of automobiles Is rapidly
increasing. Space will not permit us
to give a detailed statement of this in
crease, but it has averaged 21 per cent
per year since 1913. It is believed by
those who have made a careful study of
this question that the automobile li
censes in Ada county will pay every
dollar of interest on $400,000 of bonds
and will also create a sinking fund suf
ficient to pay the principal, and that wo
will thus have our good roads con
structed and principal and Interest paid
from automobile licenses.
Good Roads Will Lower Taxes.
"The upkeep of poor roads has been a
tremendous burden upon the taxpayers
of Ada county. Few people realize that
since 1903 we have paid an average of
*45,000 a year, raised by direct taxa
tion, for repair of our roads and
bridges; that in 1912 and 1913, we spent
$279,544.38, raised by direct taxation for
repair and building of roads and
bridges. We then voted the bonds
which are outstanding and built our
present good roads.
"In addition to the roads constructed,
we purchased and paid for complete
and modern roadbuilding machinery.
This was a heavy expense when we be
gan building roads. We will not have
this expense In the future.
"The saving to taxpayers is in this:
It costs about 25 per cent as mqch to
keep a good road in repair as It does
a poor road. Therefore, when a mile
of good road is constructed the upkeep
of it Is 75 per cent less than the up
keep of a poor road. This upkeep ex
pense must be paid by direct taxation.
"Another matter which should be
borne in mind is tills: That a good
road Increases the value of every acre
of land adjoining it, and of every
pound of produce which the farmer has
to sell. This Is so clearly a fact that
it needs no argument.
"Also remember that every dollar
voted in bonds for good roads will be
spent in the farming communities of
Ada county. No expenditures, under |
the law, can be made In Boise city or
other incorporated cities or villages.
'.'The conclusions which are to be i
drawn from the above facts are these:
"First—If we vote the bonds on April j
26, the licenses from automobiles in}
Ada county will pay the Interest and j
principal and we have the good roads
for nothing.
"Second—We will save 78 per cent of :
the maintenance charges on good roads 1
as against the maintenance charge on J
bad roads. This will be saved to tax- I
"Third—Good roads increase the j
vq,lue of farms and farm produce.
"Fourth—Good roads mean more |
people In Ada county; more people,
mean greater prosperity ; greater pros
perity means greater happiness.
"Arfe not these things worth having?
"The data given In this letter Is se- |
cured from the county assessor's office, i
the state treasurer's office, and the !
Idaho statute^, and can be verified by j
anyone desiring to do so.
Be Sure and Vota.
"The .bond election in 1914 failed to :
carry by 30 2-3 votes. This election !
was lost because the voters failed to j
go to the polls. Only one voter in'
every five in Ada county cast his vote.
If you are in favor of gopd roads, see ;
that yourself, your family and friends '
vote. It is the vote in the ballot box j
which counts.
"Respectfully yours,
"Chairman Good Roads Election Com
"Advisory Committee appointed by
County Commissioners."
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