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Site Smtfa (foirfut tmib Punta Gorda Is the county seat of Charlotte county. Popu lation of town. ir20 cen sus, 1,29 5. Increase for 10 years 28 percent. The Herald Is the oldest newspaper published on the lower southwest coast and the only one in Charlotte county. Panto Gorda, in Tropical Southwest Florida, is Advantageouslj Located on Charlotte Harbor, One of the Largest Land-Locked Bays on the Golf of Mexico, and is a Town with a Bright Future, Commercial!) and Agriculturally Volume XXXIV Number 14 PUNTA GORDA, CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FLORIDA, APRIL 7th, 1928 Five Cents a Copy; $2.00 a Vear COUNTY COMMISSION HELD 2-DAY SESSION; MEETS AGAIN 15TH WiH ii,i eive ltils tm engineering on the T.i mi ami Trail at Meeting on the l."th The finished cane on planting Citj The county commissioners met in regular monthly session, Monday morning, all the members being pres ent. After the reading of the min utes of previous meetings and ap proval of the same, the clerk read a letter from the state tax equalizer lo Assessor Hagan saying in effect (hat, as this is a new county, he would not direct any change in the assessments, but he felt that he could trust t the fairness and good sense of the assessor and the commissioners 10 make an equitable assessment. The bill of Judge Brown for $3 5.00 tnr c. rvifi.io qc .it,.--..... in i I,.. bhU I n. ti.T -i - iu i iit- nuiu calls lor against the C. H. & N. Railway Com-1 which tl pany, was aeierred tor further con-iter sideration. Itllt widow s pension claim of Mrs. Mary B. Fitzgerald, widow of a Con federate soldier, was approved. The clerk read a letter from the state comptroller in reference to the taxable property in this county of the Western Union Telegraph Company, from which letter it was found that some necessary details were omitted: whereupon, the clerk was directed to reiurn .( to tne comptroller witli a request to supply the omissions. A communication from the clerk'sMP""""" office m Arcadia in reference to the payment of interest on the $9,000. on of bonds of the Punta Gorda drain age district, brought on much talk, which developed the fact that the matter of payment of principal of the bond.- had been carelessly handl ed, only $ l ,000.00 of the original principal having been paid, although a tax was levied lor a sinking fund wherewith to retire the bonds at the rate el J1.iiiio.imi a year. George McLaoe, who was present, slated thai lie had in i n paying this tax for seven years; and, it followed that, if all the property holders of the district had been paying the tax, there should : reruass only two or throe thousand dollar of the principal yet to be paid, (i appeared that only enough money to pay the Interest on the bonds had been collected. The Ar cadia communication suggested that this IhodO account be transferred to a Puata Gorda bank. (Continued on serond page) Alexander and Mr. Gatewood each made a few remarks, Mr. Gatewood nominating Mr. Stoll for representa tive. The meeting was closed by Mr. Stall, who thanked Mr. Gatewood and others for the suggestion that he run for the legislature, but he did not say that he would become a candi date. Altogether it was a very enjoyable day, and if another picnic is held at Berraont in the near future as is planned, there will no doubt be a miicn larger crowa it snllicient no tice is given. Much of the road be tween Punta Gorda and nermont is in good condition and all of it may be traveled without difficulty at the present lime, although it is necessary to keep off the grade for perhaps half the distance and some deep sand and rough places will be encountered. ASSESSED VALUE TOWN PROPERTY, ON A PARTIAL ACTUAL VALUE BASIS, IS $770,374.00; ASSESSORS FINISH WORK Valuation Board Concludes Work a nd Report is Accepted by the City Commission. Assessment Plan Places Pari of Burden on Unimproved Property. Florida City Cane Syrup Co. planting 160 acres to sugar Monday, giving them a total of 50n acres," says the Dade Manner. "This year's schedule the clearing of 1.000 acres, ey hope to plant next wln- The Banner goes on to tell of plans of the big company which is proposing to make syrup on a large scale in that section. "Air. Slough estimated that next season's yield will be 125,000 gallons." adds the Ban nor.. "The three-roll mill they have been using is too small, and they will install an eleven-roll mill and enlarge the plant generally during the coming summer." '1 is a big con cor 'i ;.;iJ ii is planning lor big things. The city valuation board, compos ed of John Hawaii, C. 1.. Fries and W. M. Whit ten have completed their work of making a complete new as sessment of city property and their report was accepted by the city com mission at their meeting Monday night. The total value of real estate is $4.r)",714 and the value of improve ments is $164,110, making a total of $61 7,824, from which must be deducted as free from taxation pub lic property, such as churches and schools, worth $22.4.riO, leaving 1595,374 of taxable real estate val ues. Personal property is estimated lo be worth $175,000, which when added to the realty values makes the total taxable values $770,374 In making their assessments the valuation board stalled at the inter section of Marian avenue and Taylor street, making this the center of val ues, and placing a value of $fn a front loot on the land at litis point, gradually decreased the value per front foot as the property is remov ed from this center, until the value per front loot scabs down to less than $1 in the outskirts of the town. This plan places the same value on all property in relation to its loca tion and prevents any discrimination in the fixing of values. The values of improvements is arrived at separ ately from the value of realty, the valuation board taking the estimate of the owner as to actual value, un less it was evident the owner was at tempting to evade, and then the board placed what it believed to be a lair value on the Improvements. It is claimed thai the method of asses ment adopted by the board is as fair a method as it is possible to devise and precludes the possibility of fa voritism in making assessments on real estate. Another feature of this method thai will probably be pleas ing to owners Of improved property is (hat it shifts a portion of the bur den from the improved property to I ho vacant lots and tracts of hind that are held by speculators. it is believed that under the new assessment it will be possible to re duce the millage from 25 to 20, and I if this is the case some owners of ' improved property will find that they will have to pay less taxes than bc j fore, although the assessed value of their property may be greater ,and owners of vacant property may have 1 to pay more. For instance, a certain j unimproved tract of land was asses sed at $600 for the last tax period, when the millage was 25, and paid ! $15. Under the new assessment this same property is valued at $2,000, and' if the millage is reduced to 20 mills, this same unimproved property will pay $40. An improved piece of property was formerly assessed at $40,0u0 and paid $1,000. The new assessment is $42,900 and if the mill age is reduced to 20 mills, notwith standing the fact that the assess ment is $8,900 more, the properly will pay $S5S. or $142 less than un der tile old assessment. Perusal of the new assessment roll and study of the method adopted seems lo indicate that the valuation board sought to equalize taxes so thai owners of Improved property, or those who contemplate making im provements will not be penalized tor iheir enterprise, by placing a just portion of the burden on vacant lots ami tracts o( land, which, in many cases, are being held by speculators for what are considered high prices, or not offering them lor sale at any price. Realty assessments are about one third of the actual market value, while i he assessment on personal properly is about one-fourth actual value. "Hey, C mon in!" Says Skinay; "The Water s Fine!' MANY ATTENDED PICNIC AT DERMONT SATURDAY Hopttafelc People oi Homestead Set-tf-eiit Hosts to Candidates and Isitoi s K considerable number of people from Cleveland, Charlotte Harbor and Punta Gorda enjoyed a fine picnic dinner at Bermont last Saturday; (lie good people of thai place having sent out Ik announcement thai the flrsl picnic and political tally would be held there. There was a large numbi r ot can didates present, and altogether there were between I5n and 200 people I torn various sections who enjoyed thi splendid picnic dinner thai had been prepared by the ladies ol Ber mont. There was roast pork, chick en, two or three kinds of other meat.-, boiled eggs, cold slaw, stuffed pep pers, pickles, two Or three kinds of sandwiches, baked beans potato sal ad, coffee, cake, and well, all of the good things can't be recalled bin there w;.s an abundance for every bodyand everybody seemed to be unusually hungry, too. Following the dinner, everybody went out under the fre..s in the shade, and here each candidate explained why the voters would make a great mistake if they didn't put him in office. Edward H. Stoll was the master of ceremonies and introduced the candidates. County Judge Trabue. who wants to continue to hold office, was first speaker and he was ollowed by one of his opponents. Mr. Batnhill. Then II. Y. Walden. who is tunning for county superintendent addressed Ihe crowd, stating that if elected he would accept a salary of $1,000 a year. He was followed by Superin tendent W. E. Bell, who explained the requirements of the law regarding the superintendent's office, calling at tention to the fact that the salary is set by law. Sheriff Lipscomb was next on the program and he was followed by Chas. A. McLane, who is a candidate for tax collector. The foregoing were the only candidates who spoke, but Mr. Carrier, Miss Ada Ml M TAKK EXAMINATION HlloKi; BEING PROMOTED Hummer School Work Won't Help I'nlesH Credits Given Are Actu al! Earned, Hereafter students who fail to ad vance out of their grade to the next (must be given an examination before the opening of the next term of I school if they claim they are entitled' (to promotion by reason of work done I during the summer, a resolution passed by lb'' county Hoard of Pub lic Instruction at the request of the 'trustees of the Punta Gorda, Special ! Tax School District making it the duty of the various principals to give! I these examinations. ! Following is the resolution passed by tile board at its regular monthly i "Resolved that an entrance exam ination be required at the beginning of the term of the schools of Char-1 lotite count) lor those students who I do not complete the term or who fail in the final examination, and that no I credit be allowed for work done dur ing the summer in any private school I in I he county ." Mr. stoll a Candidate This issue of the Herald contains, i the formal announcement af Edward A. Stoll. of Bermont, as a candidate; for representative. Mr. stoll is a young man of energy and intelligence! and understands the needs of this section and the staV. served with 'honor in the world war, is highly. i regarded by the people of his own neighborhood, and no doubt will re ceive a substantial vote in the com ing primary. TAMPA BOARD ROMPS ON STATE ROAD DEPARTMENT Claim All Hone) Is Going to Itoad One; Asl thai Meeting lie Held in Tampa Soon CHIEF OF POLICE ADAMS VICTIM OF Al io ACCIDENT TO BE PRESENTED MONDAY ! w - , s Truck; Wrist Broke, Mead Cm and Thigh Bruised 'THE LITTLE CLODHOPPER' LIGHTS AND WATER DISCUSSED BY THE CITY COMMISSION Manager Has Lot of Information as to Cos) of Plants ;uid Cost of Producing Current The water and light situation was discussed at considerable length at the semi-monthly meeting of the city commission Monday, but no action was taken. Manager Price was present and re ported that he had gathered a great deal of information concerning the initial cost of water and light plants and the cost of running them since the last meeting of the commission, and while he had not had time time lo assemble the information in shape to present to the commission for con sideration he felt much encouraged by the information he had obtained and would have it In shape to pre sent at the nexi mooting. He said that he believed that a plant ade quate tor the needs of the lown for many years to come could be install ed in duplicate for about $35,000, although the cost might be greater than this or less, his estimate being based upon the cost of the latest type of high-grade equipment. The cost of producing current would range from three cents to four cents a kilo watt, and while he did not so State, it is believed thai if it can be pro duced for this amount consumers would, by Installing their own plant, get a considerably lower rate than al present perhaps 12c a kilowatt for lights and perhaps eight cents for power. The Quality of water that is being supplied was also discussed al length, and I be commissioners were of one accord thai the town should have better water and that if it were sup plied fho water department could be made self-sustaining and of great convenience to the people, everyone at present being compelled to main lain cisterns or tanks or carry their water tot household use from shal low wells. Ii was suggested that the town's shallow wells, which sup ply a good quality Of water, might be put in use by cutting them off two 01' I lin e leet below the surface so thai the water would run into a large reservoir, from which it could be pumped io the tank While there are some difficulties iu the way of doing this, the idea seemed to meet with general favor. SAYS BRYAN CANNOT BE BE CERTIFIED AS SENATOR Chairman Raney Says Florida Coast i- union Forbids Giving Certificate of Flection Seniors ie Working Haul and I ten I Treat is Promised Those bo Attend the Play Ira Adams, narrow escape poll Tie board of governors of the Tampa Hoard of Trade Wednesday appointed a committee to get in touch "Bar-worms," or "bud worms." of corn may be prevented largely by dusting lead arsenate thru a perforat ed tin can into the corn buds. Do this in time to kill the first genera tion and there will not be much of a second generation. Mix the lead ar senate with equal parts of air-slaked lime. with the governor of Florida, the chairman and members of the slate tiiad department, oilier counties in South Florida and make every effort io require the slate road department to carrj OU) its unfulfilled promise lo hold a meeting iu Tampa in the near future, W. W. Clark of the stale road de partment, C. T. Friend, chairman of the Hillsborough county commission ers, .J. J. Hendrick, Jr., and Perry O, Wall attended Ihe meeting. A letter was read from the San ford Chamber of Commerce stating that mere state and federal aid money Is spent on state road No. 1, than all others in the stale COmtjfhed, al though that is a local road anil of no interest to most of the state, and when the department is through with It, there will be no money left for the other roads. The letter suggest ed that if the south Florida mem ber of the department is unable to get action, he be asked to resign. Mr chirk the member in question, said it was the first he had heard of this complaint against him and said he is ready to resign If asked. He said Sanford is on road No. He stated that they have the facts about right on road No. 1. He urged lhat the business men in his district back him up at meetings on the state road department. Mr. Hendrick said that no mooting of the state road department has been held in South Florida since 1918 and South Florida has to send delegates al great expense to Tallahassee and (Continued on last page.) The senior class of the I'unfa Gor jda high school will present their play. "The Little Clodhopper," at tin school auditorium Monday night, April 10th, and those who have seen I the rehearsals say thai it is an at traction that will prove a real trial j to those who like this kind of amiise- mont. I "The Little Clodhopper" is a cat chy and active comedy with it climax I at the end of each act designed lo ' make one laugh, and the audience must sympathize with the from the pool house It is of humor and pathos whir an evening full ol men pleasure. from serious, if not fatal injury, about N o'clock, Monday night, when George McLane's car ran against him, knocked him down and bruised him considerably. It appears that the chief was on the side of Taylor streel opposite his residence, talking with Ii. C. Letzrtng, whose car, headed south, was parked there. Both were behind the car, and Mc Lane who was driving north, could noi see i hem. Letzring go' in bis I W. .1 Bryan cannot legallj be a candidate tor the C. S. senate from , Florida and cannot lie nominated, ac cording to George P, Raney, chair man of the state Democratic Execu tive committee, who quotes Article state constitution as fol- 16 of lows : "Th tin M inor and every state of ficer are herebj prohibited from giv ing certificates ol election or other credentials to any person as having been elected to the house of repre sentatives of the United Stales con gress, or the United States senate, and was starting off. when Adams win, has not been Bvi little stray b blending Ii promises Iment and According to reports from Colum bia county, the efforts made recently lo enlist the attention Of fanners in the dairy business are proving suc cessful. Ii is said that several dairy-1 ui'kl men from the .North and Hast have become interested in the matter of dairying in Florida, and have bought farms and propose entering the Held. Many farmers who have heretofore given little oi' no attention to dairy ing are beginning to realize the Im portance of this adjunct to the regu lar activities carried on. and have se cured at least a few cows and are proceeding to try out the project ot having dairy products lor sale as well as for home use. (in sti pped from behind it and right in front of tile McLane cat, within three feel ol it. He caught and held on to Ihe front of the cat; but. before il could be slopped, he was thrown down and dragged about twenty teet. His b it wrist was brok en, bis forehead received tin ugly bruise, and he was bruised also on his right arm and both legs, its well as on his body. McLane, who was going at moderate speed, stopped as possible, and rushed to Adams' assistance, bill the latter, not realising his injuries, walked with out aid to the Cochran drug store, when- he was given attention, and then went home and summoned a doctor. His condition has since been fast improving and be will soon bo able to resume his official duties, lie says that be alone and not McLane Is to blame for the accident. a vt a citi- and ten years a oiti I States ;i nd a quail ou Accredited School Superintendent of Public Instruc tion Hell has received word from the According to the Monthly Business accrediting board at Tallahassee that Review, a statistical journal publish- the Punta Gorda high school was se ed by the Federal Reserve Bank at credited as a standard senior high Atlanta, Orlando led every city in the school al the meeting of the board South, in point of increased building last week. The county has two ac operation, for the month of January credited grammar schools in addition and was second only io Atlanta in l to the Punta Gorda school those at building operations. Charlotte Harbor and Murdoch. sen of the stati ! zen of the Unit lied voter." It is not even claimed that Mr. j Bryan has been a citizen Of Ihe state ! ol Florida for live years As Mr. Bryan has not been a resi dent of Florida for five years, and is I not even a qualified voter, it would I seem that this pari of the constitu tion would put him out ot the run- i nlng. I In case some persons hold thai the constitution Of the United States, ; which says the congress shall be the j sole judge of the eligibility of its own members, be held to apply in this case, Mr. Raney reminds them lhat the merits in the race between Mr. Bryan and the Republican candidate, should Mr Bryan be nominated, would be decided by a Republican I congress, which no doubt would de lerde in favor ot the Republican can I didate. Senator Traintnell recently made I Ihe statement that Bryan's candidacy was an effort of the Republicans to split the Democratic party In Florida. Prospects are very favorable for a new railroad t rum ureenw ooo io Marianna. 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