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Eud • > ••*.£• VOL. 31. NO. 26. ELY. MINNESOTA. FRIDAY. JANUARY 1 1926. ’zV 62 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE AUDITOR CHASE SPEAKS ON TAXES. STATE AUDITOR CITES FIG URES ON TAX SITUATION IN THE STATE. In an address before the business men of the Mesaba range, State Auditor Ray Chase denied the cry of high taxes in Minnesota constant ly heard throughout the state and said it was about time to look the matter square in the face as taxes in this state are no higher than in other states. He also put his stamp of disapproval on the long term bond issues. His talk was very interest ing and contained much food for thought. “The assessed valuation of Minne sota this year is a little less than two billion, to be exact it is >1,951,- 306,258,” said Mr. Chase. “The average tax rate for all the eighty seven Minnesota counties is 57.26 mills and there is being paid in Min nesota, in direct taxes, state and local, for all purposes, >121,136,- 992.26. This is exclusive of auto mobile tax and tax on monies and credits, and on this basis of assessed valuation, tax rate and tax payment, we hear from one end of the state to the other an unending complaint about high taxes. For clearness sake, the subject is presented under three main heads: 1. High Taxes. 2. Their Causes. S. Possible Remedies. “There is a very natural division of the first head, namely high taxes. From the standpoint of many in dividauls there is no peril in the high tax rates of Minnesota, and no menace in their continued increase. These men have either a compara tively small amount of taxable prop erty or a comparatively large cash income. They are able and willing to pay their taxes. All that they fcsk is two things: 1. Honesty in office—that their public officials are not corrupt, and that the tax money which they vote for public improvements goes into those improvements and not into the pockets of grafters; that public servants give a dollar’s worth of service for a dollar in salary. 2. Intelligence in office—that public employes administer public affairs with the same wisdom as de randed in private business. “This class are able and willing to pay their tares. They are glad to do so and they are entitled to what they want. “But there is another class in Minnesota, and a very large clas£, including both men and industries to whom taxes are a real burden ar.d their continued increase a real menace. It is unnecessary to go in to extended detail to prove this point. “It is time now to soft-pedal the discussion of high taxes in Minne sota. They are no higher here than in our sister states east and south and west, but continued harping on the subject gives the people of other states the idea that they are. It would be well, therefore, for us to refrain from further extended dis cussion of taxes and devote our Among our assets we like to count the only one that money cannot buy — your Good Will. And so at this Holiday Season we extend to you, not as customers but as friends — The Best Wishes for the Coming Year. Let u» fill your wants in the Grocery Line. THE MILLER STORE CO. thought and effort to a discussion of their probable causes and the most effective remedies therefor. “The causes of high taxes in Min nesota, as in other states, can be grouped under four main heads: 1. Public improvements, such as schools, roads, sewer systems, ditch es pavements, libraries, armories, parks, curbs, sidewalks, etc. 2. Adtninistrative expense, such ?s that caused by the executive and legislative departments of the state, ty your county officials, city coun c-le and school boards. >• 3. Interest on interest-bearing debt. The Bureau of the Census baud a statement last year showing that, in ten years, the interest-bear irg debt of Minnesota increased 283 percent, of North Dakota 204 per cent, South Dakota 298 percent, lowa 329 percent, Michigan 503 percent, and the United States, including the federal government, forty-eight states and the District of Columbia, 536 percent. The interest-bearing debt of Minnesota and all its civil subdivisions at the present time ex ceeds |315,000,000, and we are pay ing annually interest over $15,006,- GOO. Here is a very important of high taxes and one that is very little considered or discussed. 4. Federal and state aid. This is a form of subsidy that has grown up in recent years, which is very much condemned by President Cool idge and many state officials. Un- Telephone No. 31. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL der the guise of stimulating im provements and equalizing expense, the federal governmnt offers the state certain sums if the state will match these sums dollar for dollar, and comply with their regulations, to cut car running costs. Tax economists in other states regard the plan as acceptable whtre motor vehicles are taxed with other per sonal property and the gas tax is a supplementary and special tax for highway improvement. Friends of the Minnesota good roads plan, how ever, maintain that the present scheme of uistributing the expense of road development is probably the most equitable that can be devised, although motor vehicle owners de rive most direct benefits from it and pay nothing toward* general state, county and town government expense as do owners of all other classes of property. ELECTION FOR CITY HALL BONDS NEXT TUESDAY JANUARY 5. Building is Needed—Council States That it Can Be Built Without Increasing The Tax Rate or Additional Levy. Opinions Vary As to The Necessity—lssue Is Being Discussed By The Voters Most Thoroughly. Next Tuesday, January sth, the people of Ely will be called upon to vote on the question of issuing bonds in the amount of $225,000 for the purpose of erecting a new City Hall building. The plans for the new building prepared! by Architect Taylor of Hibbing call for city offices, munici pal and district court rooms, jail and other necessary rooms for the conduct of city business besides the quarters for the fire department in a separate section. The City Council has maintained fci years the necessity of a struc ture of this kind) as the cramped quarters now occupied sometimes makes it a hardship to transact city tvsiness and especially during the sessions of the courts. The State Board has condemned the lockup and to put this in condi tion to correspond with the state de mands for an institution of this kind will cost much money besides being a botched job should it be done. The heating plant in the city hall must be renewed! within a very short time and this also will necessitate the expenditure of a considerable amount. It has also been pointed out that in order to keep pace with the growing demands of the city, a new city hall-must be had sometime and with these needed jail and heating pl: nt expenditures staring the city in the face and which will be what is termed a dead! loss, that now is “BOB” WHITESIDE GIVES STATE A NICE PRESENT. A piece of land at Winton on which the new cabin for Game Warden Hanson and his assistants was built last summer under lease, was presented to the Game and Fish Department of the state as a Christ mas gift by Robert Whiteside of Duluth. The land is a fine piece of lake shore property and will be of of the state as immense benefit to the department. Commissioner Gould, in acknowledg ing the gift warmly commended Mr. Whiteside on his public spirit and interest in game conservation. Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Gambol of Hib bing and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Jack son and children and Einar Jackson spent Christmas at the home of Jack Jackson. the accepted; time to build the struc-. ture and build for the future as well a« the present. ' The matter is being generally discussed by the voters and the opinions as to the needs of such a structure seem to be varied. Some cintend' that the present quarters arc good enough while others are o’ the opinion*that with Ely’s fut ure outlook, the new city building will be an absolute necessity, if not just at present, a year or so later. All contend that we need the City Hall, but all are also of the opin ion that taxes are high enough now but that if the City Council is right in its contention that no additional taxes will be required, that now is the time to build it before valu ations drop. • The City Council makes the state ment —and makes it without any strings attached—that the payments cl the bonds for the next ten years can be taken care of without an ad ditional levy by saving in other quarters, viz; in light and water maintenance, street and sewer maip t< nance, court and police mainten ance, and other places where sav ings can be listed, providing it is absolutely necessary. It will be found that the tax rate tl is year is lower than last year’s rate owing to additional valuations. The valuations for the City of Ely are $8,394,688 an increase over last year of $171,276. The rate this year is 98.6 as compared with 100.3 ,4 ’ •’ J 9 V a year ago. This shows a decrease over 1924 of 1.7. The decision of the courts in the annexation case enriched the city with a valuation of approximately $1,600,900 for the annexed terri tory. During the years this case was in the courts no taxes were paid and after the diecision some months ago there became available to the city treasury three yeans’ payments amounting in the aggre gate to $175,000. The . levy for City purposes in 1924 was 3294,727.08. This' year the levy has been set at $277,- 864.17; a decrease of $16,862.91 ever last ye®*. The rate as fixed ty the county auditor for the city this is 33.10 as compared with 35.84 last year? The school district rate has been set at 48.04 as com pared with 4’8.87 in 1924 v . The school district is levying $414,- 056.66 for this year’s' taxes. The Council feels that additional cuts in - the levy . can be made and the efficiency of city activities will rot suffer. The Council also feels that with judicious expenditures of city monies, besides carrying on the paving program as outlined where by a certain number of blocks are to be paved yearly, the erection of the city hall building can also be done without levying additional taxes. The matter has been figured to the bone. ’ •' The long term bands are being decried in all quarters and tax ex empt securities are what is rocket ing the tax rate throughout the land. The Finance 'Committee of the. City feels that . the ten year payment .-bonds will be easily hand led and not felt to any. alarming extent- by the payer of taxes where as long term bonds ■ besides draw ing big interest charges will also reach into the (time when valuations on mining properties will be on the r; t.uTal decrease which follows the removal of ore from the mines. That decreases will follow on mine taxation is as natural as the r.ise on your face. Every ton of ore removed makes less valuations and the exhaustion period) of both levy and ore hastened. It is felt by many that now is the time to make improvements which should have been made years ago. With the statements of mining officials and others who are supposed to know that the mines of Ely are good for about thirty years with reserve ores now shown up, it can be seen that if we are to have improvements commensurate with the growth of the city it is high time to be about it. As we said before, the opinions cn the mattar vary and everyone is entitled to their opinion. If you feel that the City Hall' is needed, vete for the bond issue. If to the contrary, vote against it. But be 'f< re condtemning the move as out lined by the City Council, look the matter over carefully. The Council members are willing to discuss the matter in detail and give you the benefit of their figures and ideas. services cost money as well as does education cost money. Only a few years ago it was found that it cost $57.00 and over for each child go i:>g to school which the taxpayer was forced to pay. We have not the figures for this or last year but presume that the individual cost has increased correspondingly with every thing else. If you have a child go ing to school and are paying less than $57.00 in taxes, you are get ting something for nothing from the schools besides streets, sidewalks, community service, fire and police protection and other things the city has to offer. Somebody is paying for this. Think it over. Keep Ely foremost in your mind. We have the best town in the north west and getting better every year. cok around you. See the improve- ments made last year. We don’t notice these things as much as does the outsider but when you stop to think that there is not an unem ployed man in the city; that Ely has r ore individual home owners than REMEMBER.... su January 7,1926 Presbyterian Church. SERVED BY THE MEN OF THE CHURCH. 5:30 TO 8:00. Adults 50 Cents. ( HAPPY J Bay It a Jlrnfiyernua The First State Bank, ♦4-*4**4****4**4*4-4***44****Jt-»*********************4>4-* any other place in the northwest of its size; that wo have school facil ities that would *be a credit to Chicago; that we have the only ex clusive canoe and outing country in the United Slates; that nearly every family has a car; it must be con ceded that Ely is SOME city. Do what you think is right at the polls next Tuesday. A member of the 22 and 28 of each /s/yMfifcgHYA mon th, at Ex v c^an ®* Hotel. Spo* Jml cialiets. Examining Eyes Fitting Glasses. By Buying Your Winter’s COKE AND COAL NOW! JACOB L. PETE, DEALER. Phone 55. You Have to EAT Every Day! Plan Now to Eat Your PPER at the (one 3ffnt All. Ely, Minnesota. Children 25c.