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Imperial Valley Press.
"VOL. VII TAX RATE IS FIXED County Tax Rate Fixed By the Board Last i Monday $4.25 ON THE $1-00 At First Glance The Rate Seems High/ but the Burden Falls '•- Mostly on Personal Property Pursuant to; the law of the •state the board of supervisors .met last Monday to fix the tax irate for the county of Imperial. /Officers had been figuring on the - Necessary funds the valuation of the taxable property for several days prior, and this was all gone over again when the board was in session Monday. : .& i The»rate of tax | for> this coun ty for the ensuing x '; fiscal/ year was fixed by the,\board ;at $4.25 .on the $100. Figure as; they ' would it was determined that the _ county . would have to, have $130, ■827, and; as, a consequence the tax for county purposes was fix ed at $3. 65; Add to this the ;60 cents for ( road .fund and the a .mount is then . $4.25. ;; .'•,; The rate ■of tax is divided as follows: ;State rate, .445; contingent rate)' 1 905; salary vote, ;96; school rate; ;340; road;rate-'>.6o. C. The rate of taxes for interest! ■on bonds, etc. , in the d iff erent school districts vary, and the i .amounts are as. follows: The rate for the Calexico district is 08; for. lmperial,. 15; Silsbee, .15: EfCentro, . ; 73; Holtville, $i;io. , :The tax in theXHi^h School districts for high school - purpos es is 27 cents on the hundred. ; -Special school tax in the school districts were .fixed as follows: 'Picacho; .46; Imperial, (.20;( .20; El :Centro, $1.64; Brawley, .27; Holtville, .90; Eastside, 14 f Figures as a general rule prove . rather dry to most readers, but! the. following will no doubt be somewhat interesting to the tax payers of. Imperial connty : It i was- ; determined by the board that the Southern Pacific: rail road had in this' county 87.79 miles of track and that -the as sessed valuation of the f ranchise,'. 'road-way, road-bed, rails and rolling stock of the company is $22,009.80. Then the Pullman Car company come in for their | share' of the taxes With "an asses sed valuation on X their rolling vstock as used by the Southern Pacific of $46,354.00. .The two. together make j a sum total of $68,303.80, upon which taxes will' i be paid. .My The tax rate of the county is high, but not any higher that was figured by the most conser vative men and the time the ag* itation for the new county was first begun. ( At that time some put the figure at nearer $5 than $4. But at the rate fixed there :is little likelihood of the county Official Paper of Imperial County fcL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA,, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1907. being in debt at the end of the fiscal year. That is item, worth considering, for a county, out of debt is one to be proud of. At the meeting of the board Tuesday a petition was present ed to that body signed by a num ber of the citizen^ of Brawley asking that John Martin be ap pointed constable at that place. The petition was granted. The district attorney was ask T ed to give to the board a written opinion at its regular meeting in October on the question of re classification of the Imperial county. It having been decided to, build the bridges across New river, one at Calexico and one at Braw ley, Supervisor McHarg of dis trict No.l. was appointed to over see the construction of the one at Calexico, and Supervisor Wade of district. No. 4 to look to the two bridges, and it was or dered that the districts benefit ted (iould draw 6n the county for $1,500 each. s £ CLAIMS DAMAGES Bob Davjs Wants Redress for Be ing Humiliated and Other In- juries Suit has been filed in . the su perior court by M. B. Davis against jE. S. McCollum,. of Ca lexico; for $20. 000; damages for in 1 juries alleged by Mi B. to ha^e been sustained'r just / recently through the actions of McCollum. Bob alleges that the defendant caused his bondsmen to deliver him back to ' the custody of the law by threatening them with a boycott and othervyise' inducing, them to withdraw from Bob's bonds, thereby humiliating, him and subjecting him: to ridicule and he claims, that the damages to hirf feelings amounted in the aggregate to about twenty thous and dollars. ' AGAINST JUMPERS •.'■ ■, - ■• . ■■■ v \ ■■■'■■. Organized Movement to Protect .Valley Land Owners :'* ♦ | A 'movement has •• be'ehy put on foot in the Imperial Valley to protect the legitimate iand own er. Of late there has been a number of cases of promiscuous jumping of land in the valley and the allegations made on the outside regarding gigantic land frauds has led people to believe that the land in the valley was being held illegally. - To protect the settler in his rights, a meet ing was held at Imperial last week Friday, and resolutions were passed which would tend to discourage the prospejeti ye con tostor. Another meeting was held in El Centrp Tuesday and the matter was discussed again, and the action of the Imperial meeting was followed. The trend of these meetings was toward such measures as would make a malicious contest or think twice before acting! The trouble has come through the actions of contestors, who, as quickly.as a contest was filed, would build a cabin on the land in question, .when there has been no call for such action, and not aid in the contest the least Dlt. - BIG FORCE LAID OFF California Development Company Lays Off Surveying Corps WAS NOT EXPECTED By Many of the C. D. Co's Men at Calexico, but no Surprise to Many Others . . . ■ . ■- . ■ _, - The news has come that the California Development company has laid off the most of their men and that the work of develop ment will be somewhat interrupt ed for the future. Some take this as an indication of such at least. But the fact is it is no more than was expected from a great many quarters of the val ley . This large force . of « - men which the C. D. company, has had employed have completed their work and naturally will be taken on by. some other company no doubt -the: Southern Pacific. There were surveyors and draughtsmen among those 'jwJiq were dismissed from the com pany's , service, and they 'had been employed in taking the lev els of the valley and making, a survey for new and additional ditches in the different water companies, and have made* a re port qf what they found; all of which is on file' in the office of the' C. D. company. As • far as that part of \\ the work; is con cerned, this ends it. . ';.•■;.; But the remaining- , chapters are yet to be written; * and who will be the principal characters' tinie alone - will' tell; The report of 'this body of men has enabled the \powers'that be in the C. D. company to accurately figure the cost of completing the irrigating system of the Imperial; Valley and also to improve that already built. The amount is said to be in . the \ neighborhood of about three and 'one-half million dol lars. This money has got to be raised somewhere, before it is spent and thus the uncertainty. Three and one-half million is quite a pile of money. The stringency in 'the money market is said to be the cause of this delay and hesitancy on the, part of Mr. Harriman of the Southern Pacific; The local men of the C. D. company have been honest in their belief ' that this, work of rebuilding and repairing wouM go immediately ahead and it seems that this last, phase of the proceedtire comes as a sur prise to them. . f The work on the flume across New river which is ,to furnish water to No. 6 and tyo. 8 will lie pushed to completion, as will also the high |me canal on the west side of the river, This work, let it be understood, is not being done out of $ny appropriation money, but is being paid for by the present water rentals of the various water companies in op eration in the valley; The credit of having the work on this flume started before this time should be given to the then Gen. Manager H. T. Corey. -In order to* be able to secure the money with which tfr do this work it was necessary for him to have some tangible -evidence that money would be forthcoming from water rentals in the valley. Toward this end he proceeded to secure from the different water companies an estimate of the amount of water, that would be used during the year ending about July Ist,' 1908. Upon se curingthis information and fig uring that the cost of work on the flume and thejhigh line canal would perhaps not over, reach the amount that could be had from these receipts, he asked the different companies to make' an b. k. on the estimates and, the amounts so that he could have the evidence as a guarantee for this money to build this badly needed flume and canal for the people of No." 6 and No. 8. , Wat er companies Nos. 4, 5 and 7 re sponded with alacrity, but it seems that ttie president of No. 1 opposed this procedure and as a result the work had to proceed without the moral support of that water company. There is not much doubt but that the work for' these two wat er companies will proceed unin terrupted, and in the course of due time they will be supplied with water and the farmers of these districts will be on an equal footing with the rest of the val ley. For the ■ past , two years there has been practically noth ing doing across New river, but pow every available piece of land has been taken and great \ hopes are entertained by the older set tlers, that, by early fall next year there will be water in abundance. Regarding the rest of the work in tHe valley there is no way , of telling when work will begin on the improvement of the system. The expense incurred i n stopping the. river from flow ing this way has been very -large and the money, was furnished by the Southern Pacific company, and it was expected^ by many that this same company would furnish the money for the im provement and extension. This the S. P. may do. Having all the data necessary to figure on and revise, they may in the near future set aside a sum for this work. But the expected appro priation has not come to hand at this time. Important announcements are looked forward to. • Sued For Possession of Cow The case in justices court Tues day was. Crawford & Davis, dealers and /Shippers of Cattle, against Wm. Souder, for the re covery of one red Jersey-Dur ham cow; claimed by the ! plaint iffs to be wrongfully held by the dependent a jury trial was called for! Crawford & Davis claimed ownership of the cow, ' and Sou der produced a bill of sale given him by an Indian as his evidence of ownership. The jury trial did not trace a legal, valid ownership on the part of defendant, and gave the plaintiff possession of the cow, and let the plaintiff pay the cost of suit, : Plaintiff wants new trial. BUILDING PROGRESSES The Addition to the Ice Plant ,and Other Work Rushing A DISTILLING PLANT Boilers Being Moved and Set in Place to Furnish Distilled / Water For Ice Plant ■ Work has been commenced on the ad<jition~to the ice plant;: 'An other freezing room • is to be built 58x60 feet, with a capacity of 420 cans. The walls will be of brick, the floors of cement. This is to be rusned to completion. \ The boilers formerly used im the ice plant af Imperial x are to be rrioved to El Centro and erect ed for use in the distilling plant here. As soon as they are in op eration the ice plant here: will use thewater to make clear ice.". The Holton Power company expects soon ; to erect another tower, and put in an extra water tank for the ; benefit of ,the ice planjt/ This will add. to the effic iency of the domestic water sys-i tern of the town;' as this addi tional supply of water will be ■in dependent of the domestic sys tem.- An oil tank is also to be put in for the storage of oil for use at the auxiliary electrical plant. At this plant the work of putting in the engine is ! progres sing nicely at the present rime. Superintendent of Construction Cooper says the work ,of finish ing the laundry will be rushed as fast as men can be had to do the work. A new brick building is con templated near the postoffice. Plans are being drawn for it now. A PROBABLE SALE $5,000 is the Price of Two Main Street Lots H. H. Peterson, agreed yester day to -sell his two lots;; on the corner of Main and Fifth street, toGeo. A. Carter,' for $5000. As far as this transaction went was ; an agreement, on the part of two, parties concerned and there is no forfeit on either side. It is rum ored that Mr. Carter intends to build a bank building on the lots, and will start a First National Bank. Mr. Carter left yesterday noon for Los Angeles on import ant business and it is expected that matter will be settled in the near future. Mr. Patterson does not consider this an extra good price. for the property, and says he does not care whether the bargain fails or not. Mr. ana Mrs. Chas. Berneker » « ar^ expected in on this morning's train from Clinton, Mo., to spend the winter at the home of their son-in-law, W. E. Downing. NO, 24