The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 20, 1932 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, October 20, 1932
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'immSDAY,_ocTOBER 20, 1932 SUES TH III Cost of Small Property Tax Reduction Will Be Heavy /Says Brooks. BV J. MEtL BROOKS hi this second discussion of the proposed sales tax [amendment, I want to deal with the proposition fi'Kii the stsnrlpoint of the fnrjn picperly ' owner, and attempt .to slic-.v that the promise of tax-re- l:ef is only a vague promise impossible of fulfillment under this pioposal. It just so happens, that In the public discussions of this proposal heretofore, Major Jacobs, of Grid- cr. Is the only outspoken champion of the proposal to levy an Increased tax on the people, of Arkansas. The Major apparently has not made a 'deejj, study of this proposal for he is still contending that "it will take the tax off the land" and save the landowners from losing their property. I/have no Inclination to engage in an argument with the Major unless H serves the purpose of clarifying Jthis proposition. T hope, however, that ho will give more serious 1 study to this proposal and learn that rre is missing the point en tircly with respect to the relief that he thinks this proposal will effect. I hopj in this discussion lo be able to show that ths AVER- age LAND OWNER in Mississippi County cannot hope for anything except the 'privilege of PAYING MORE TAX if this proposal is adopted. In the most recent agricultural census published by the United Stales Department of Agriculture, the tublo relating to land tenure indicates that there were, a total of 10,533 farms In Mississippi County. Of this number 1,022 were operated by owners divided as follows:—873 by ,full owners 113 by part owners and 36 by managers, and that 9.5C1 farms in this county were operated by tenants. The total acreage embraced in the 1,022 farms operated by owners amounted to 75,903 acres ov an average of 74.2 farm acres per owner. In this connection it should bo understood that by "full owners" is meant farm operators who own all the land they farm. "Part owners" are farm operators 'who own part of the land they farm and rent additional lands. "Managers" operate farms >for owners and receive salaries or commissions. The 9,561 tenant farmers operated 259,131 acres of land owned by other parties. ^ Now" 1 let's''sec Jus* wnal this proposed sales tax will do for the farm [ownjr: The average farm acreage is 74.2 acres- Multiply that figure by $25.00 and we have the highest equals land assessment which S15200. Add to that mcnt of $1770.00. The rate siate property tax i s $8.10 amount S250.00 which is a high personal farm property assessment and we find that the average farm .owner in Mississippi County is paying taxes on a total assess- for per 'thousand dollars of assessment, so tiiat this average farmer is called upon' to pay n total of S15.39 IN STATE PROPERTY TAX EACH YEAR.' The proposed amendment if adopted will relieve this average farm owner of paying $14.52 in state property tax each year.-Bear in mind that the amendment does not. reduce improvement taxes, levee taxes, school taxes, road improvement taxes but ONLY STATE TAXES. Now let's sec what this average farm owner will be required to pay under the proposed sales tax: First he would pay 83 cents in stale property tax. Next comes the per capita tax which would be S2.60 ;for himself and wife. Then comes the sales tax which would be S21.12 for the average farm o:\aers family. On top of this \iould come not !sss than $24.80 tax on the cotton raised by this average farm would amount owner dins to $37.20 if tax the pyramid of the tax were added). I Adding these figures we find that ' U-? average farm Innd owner would be called upon to pay a total of $58.80 a year UNDEH THF SALES TAX IN RETURN FOR BEING RELIEVED OP PAYING •'S.10 OF STATE PROPERTY TAX. On top ;of all these taxes enumerated above, this average farm owner would be required to pay a tax on the bagging and ties in which his cotton is wrapped. He would be required to pay a tax on the cotton scsd he raised: and he would be called upon to put up with all the nuisances in connection with the collection of the tax. Now if there can be any tax relief in paying S58.80 to save $lo..|0 I fail to be able to see It. but (hat is exactly what will happen to the AVERAGE FARM OWNER IN MISSISSIPPI COON- AY, and Major Jacobs contention that the sales tax Is the only hoiK of relief for lb° land ownci doesn't seem In hold water. So much for the fnrm owner and hfs relief under the proposed sales tax. Now let's see what will happei lo the averaee tenant farmer: The f.SGI tenant "farmers hi Mississippi County operate an average o 27.] HCICS each of land which belongs to some owner. The proposed sales tax amendment will relieve the "owner of the land o paying $0.26 a year, and the len- snt. who is paying cash or crop rent and thereby paying the $G.2< - on the land he operate BLYTHEVIL A Man Without a Country Unless the United States or Canada relents, Onmr tcmleux will spend the rest of his life in jail at St. Joseph, Mo. Immigration laws of the two nations have made him a "man without a country," Lemleux had been working In the United States for 23 years when he was arrested last April as an alien and held for deportation, nis two daughters had, been born here, however, so they couldn't be deported with him. Canada added a further complication by refusing to admit the family even if it left here voluntarily. Lcmieux l s stiil in jail waiting for the United States to decide what it will do. His family tins been dependent on charity during his six mouths in prison Here is (he Lemieux family, reunited on a visit to the prison. —$16.78 more than he is now paying. Major Jacobs seems to differ with the statement that the final amount of tax money that ' goes out of a county is the thing that counts most In the final analysis. Our experience with the lifting of the road Improvement tax through adoption of the Martirteau Road Law should convince one of the soundness of that assertion. Prior to the enactment of that law, Mississippi County paid more than h«i7T ~.m j ,V individuals who n half a million dollars a year in ALL MISSISSIPPI a road taxes. IJoss anyone about laid out. Tax -money in Mississippi county don't coino from geese, it comes from cotton ad "this sates tax proposal will lax the cotton raisers of Mississippi County many thousands of dollars. There is no denying th? fact that, there must be some remedy worked out to relieve the pressing tax burdens of this county and its r-oplc. Worlc Is going forward on this problem, prosecuted in a sane and reasonable manner by individuals 5)10 nre interested in AND PFOPLE onomic life of Mississippi County? Yes, we may .have a sales tax sooner or later. In fact we may have a Federal Sales Tax to help again balance the budget when Congress meets again, and that's just -another reason why Arkansas people should be prompt to squelch any proposal to levy any new tax that will add millions to our tax burden at this time when it Is being found nearly Impossible to meet the present tax bill. A serious unbiased study ot Amendment No. 19 will quickly convince any .fairminded person that the promise of "tax reduction" through this proposal is a myth. II is admitted that (some few individuals would profit, materially by the removal of the state property tax levy, especially tliow owners of large tracts of land snd large blocks of property. According to reliable authority one-fourth of all taxable property in Arkansas is owned by railroads, utilities, bridge, bus and feny companies. Adoption of this proposed sales tax would relieve them of the duty of paying $1,118,237.00 in state taxes each year—about one-fourth the present revenue from that source. Do the rank tad file of Arkansas people want to vote a proposal to make a present of that amount cf money to these concerns and then turn right around and dig three limes as much out of their empty pock- els? This proposal to levy n sales (ax through adoption | o f Amendment No, 19 could be discussed for hours nnd you couldn't get away from Ihe fact THAT IT-.INCREASES THE TOTAL TAX • TO BE PAID DY THE PEOPLE — ALL THE PEOPLE. The fact fthat it will more than double the total amount of taxes lo be paid to the State by citizens of Mississippi County—all the citizens — cannot be gotten away from. Figure it any way you want to and you conic back to the final settlement — MORE TAX MONEY PAID BY MISSISSIPPI COUNTY. The Major says a goo$2 can lay only so many eggs and she Is think |: .. I ' -« - ••• —' "«t-iU uj LLLUai. ttw cc- interested in that work, numbered among whom nre the Major Bui the reduction of taxes in Mississippi County cannot come nboiit nor te started by the imposition of a new tax that will levy more (ban the present total taxes collected in the county. In closing this discussion, I want to ask just one question of Major Jacobs 'nnd any other proponents of the sales tax: Where and from whom is the large campaign fund for prosecution of the effort to adopt the sales tax coming? Who is paying the scores of full time workers engaged in travelling over the State In interest of this proposal? Who will reap fh e greatest amount of benefit? Who started tha movement for this tax? WHS there any local and well defined demand for such a (ax? Who is the Property Tax Relief Association and who pays Ihe rent of their campaign headquarters. If tho answers to these questions can be HISPERED Great Complexion Secret f , wllowiicss. S!K found Bccrclof real rom- vitality. Try alt-v pic xion improve, see headaches, n"' too il u ' 1 ? f IfP. ''"nglinj Ills m:U, Kllr, ikixn&,jf Sm UMlsht. S«S TOUT oi£ , dullness vanish. Al all drug [— onljr2oc. bs called upon to pay a total of.f" S33.M upoo the aecwslUei oi We' S* l £~J,i^J" tlcn.tuiftun». (AUK.) COU1UEU NEWS by so doing renlly get somewhere with the discussions. In connection with the reduction of taxes through Hie elimination of stale property tux and substitution therefor u sules (ax, we should bear in mind Hint the State Properly Tux Uk«s only about ll f i O t our tax dollar und n great deal of reduction ciinnol be lioiK'd for through Hint source —and no relief whatever If we substitute a suk-s tux which will amount to three Hint's us imic'U as the present stnlc Uix on property. THE SALES TAX WILL INCREASE TAXES-NOT REDUCE THEM. The C9.283 people In Mls- slsslppl County tire ALL Interested In this prO]»s;i)on-lt nffccts ia cost of living ot every single one of them; Ihe baby only two years old that gets milk on Us breakfast food; the man who works /or a dollar u day; (he professional man' nnd bunker; the cotton buyer and glnncr; the washwoman; the butcher, (lie baker and candlestick maker; and n discussion of a proixxsltlon ot this find cannot be imule to apply lo any one piirtlcular cl-ass or group ot citizens. Let's have more discussion ot this proposal TO RAISB; TAXES IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY AND ARKANSAS. Everything for Your Entertainment and Comfort R1TZ THEATER Thursday and Friday Adm.—Matinee—10 ;md 25c Night—10 anil 30c See A romantic, dramatic story of tlirce men and two girls fighting desperately to rout the mechanism of unseen forces. In 'Madison Square Garden' with Jack Oakie, Thomas Meighan, M a r i a n Nixon, Zasu Pitts & William Collier Cartoon and Comedy COMING ATTRACTIONS AT THE KITZ— SIUI.-MOII. — "Blonde Venus" with Marlene Dietrich. "Successful Calimity" With George Arliss. Also IN PERSON—the Only MALE SIAMESE .TWINS i In the World with their \vn>es "Kongo" with Walter Huston and Liipe Velez. "Smilin' Thru" with Norma Shearer. "All American" with Kichard Arlen. found. then know just where this lpropo=nl sprung from and who hopes to benefit mos(. The most obnoxious part of tins £al3s tax proposition is the admiu- istraiive net which provides tor its collection. A discussion of this Act will be tnfcen up at a Inter dale. The Anti-Sales Tax Association lias made nn exhaustive study of these proposals. Tt will be glad to /urnish tlie results of this study to any citizen who is interested In having it. I would be glad to see further discussion of the tivo proiwsals. for only through discussion can the people hope to learn Ih2 real merits or demerits of such proposals. Basing such discussions upon person- 'alities will not. however, serve any good purposes. Let's stick to the fundamental facts about the proposition in our discussions and HOME THEATRE Last Time Today—"Homicide Squad" with Leo Caryillo and Mary Brian. Friday and Saturday A()m.—Slatince and Night— 10 and 20c See Texas Buddies' witli Bob Sleclc The Kind of Western Everyone -Will Enjoy. Serial—"Hero of the Flames'' And Cartoon WHEIV IK MEMPHIS DEVoY HOTEL I'ormcrly Eik's Hotel Memphis, Teiin. Delightful airy rooms with tub or shower and beds like cider down A beautiful swimming pool—bowling alleys ,ind hand hall courts, together with .1 Turkish bath pnrbr. Our dining room is the Ulk of Memphis—and such reasonable prices. Rooms /rom S2.00 uft - SATURDAY and MONDAY MIRACLE VALUES AT THE NATIONAL BROKERAGE CO. 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