Clipped From The Daily Notes
Mid-dlesworth's iodine-131 Texas Ton tekes FoXs Tend Streets HOUSTON, Tex. (LTD - City fathers struggling to keep ahead of financial woes could w?ll look at a plan recently tried with some success at Hilshire Village. Like so many other towns, Hilshire Hilshire Village, an incorpcratcd hamlet on the western edge of Houston, was struggling to get enough money together to met its needs. " Then, the city . council dusted off an ancient Texas law and pass ed an ordinance to require the village's male citizens to take fare of the town streets. Men between 21 and 45 were given a choice of doing five days oi street work, or paying $1 for leach day not worked. This probably is the only time such a law has been used in Texas in some 50 years or more because it was passed years ago when money was considerably scarcer than it is today. "S. Hilshire Village Mayor Robert Lee Lowry, who was the first man to pay his $5, said the law was used out of sheer necessity. - He explained that while the village village is occupied by relatively well-to-do well-to-do well-to-do well-to-do well-to-do people, the tax rate doesn't bring in much money. The specific problem was that the town didn't have money or manpower to take care of some drainage and street problems. After passing the ordinance Lowry said most of the village's male residents paid up without a squawk. "But we had a few complaints, and one man even threatened to go to court," the mayor said. "However, when it was all over we got about $600, which was enough to get the work done. "I guess that just illustrated how times change. A few years back, when money wasn't so plentiful, plentiful, most of the men would have managed to find time to work out their share of what was needed."