The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on November 30, 1933 · Page 21
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 21

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, November 30, 1933
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TWENTY-TWQ MEMBERSHIP OF THREE FOR ROAD GROUP IS URGED Brookings Institution Says Good Progress Made in Highway System. · DES MOINES, Nov. 30. UB-A aection of the summary of the report of the Brooklnga institution Whose recommendations were made public this week, follows in this ar- ucle, the sixth of a series. _ state highway administration. Notable progress has been made in the_ development of the primary highway system of Iowa and the administrative organization under which primary road work has been carried -on presents no particular legislative problem. Though progress has been made also in the providing ofhighway revenues and in the establishment of a satisfactory relationship between state and local lighway ag-escies, these two aspects of highway administration now present the really significant problems. .. ...... No objective ^formula has yet Been discovered ? by which the beat form of highway organization can be conclusively determined. Available evidence indicates that, within revenue limitations, the work of the present highway organization in Iowa has been highly successful. Technical competence has been obtained and , continuity of policy achieved. The commission form o supervisory organization should be ·retained Should Be Reduced. Considerations of economy, how ever, suggest that the membership of the .-highway commission should be reduced from five to tiree. Fur. therm ore, except for the inclusion of ^re-auditing; with accounting Work,-:.thB existing departmental organization constitutes a highly integrated and efficient working unit. It has proved adaptable and economical. Trends and levels both in segregate and unit maintenance costs indicate that not only have Iowa primary roads beea constructed at normal first cost, but that long-time' economy as well has been given due consideration. The state highway commission has provided a system of roads which makes possible effective and safe motor vehicle transportation. Enforcement of highway laws, however, is essential to the realization of the full economic value of the primary roads. The. state highway operating substantially as it is at present. Tinder existing statutory provisions, primary road work in Iowa has been financed from two piin- jcipal funds: (a) The primary road fund,' and- (b) the' primary road bond fund. The first of these funds is composed of state-collected special motor vehicle tax revenues and of federal aid funds allotted to the State under the provisions of the federal aid road act. The second is made up of the proceeds of bonds issuea voted by individual counties for primary road development. . Under various statutory provisions the motor vehicle user has contributed 5103,380,000 during the past five years to the support of the highway development in the state. Of this amount, 579,198,378 or 76.6 per cent haa been allotted to the State Highway commission for direct applic-tion -to primary road flevclopment and the remainder has been turned over to the counties for the development of secondary Toads. Bulk From County. Prom federal aid the state has derived approximately 11 per cent of its operating income during the past 12 years. Nevetheless during the' past five years, only about 46 per cent of the total income of the state highway commission has been derived from state collected and controlled motor vehicle tax rev- enuss. The bulk of the remainder has come from county initiated bond issues. Although the law of 1927 expressly provides for the transfer of exclusive control over the state highway operations to the state highway commission, effective control is in reality divided between State and local agencies; for the reason that financing of primary road development depends on the separate and unco-ordlnated action of the 99 counties. The situation thus created constitutes one of the most pressing- problems of state highway administration. This system of financing lj fundamentally unsound. If the present statutory provisions are retained, by 1837 not less, than 57 counties will have deficits between bond requirements and maximum legal primary road fund allotments, varying from a few dollars to 5233,000. Under the existing area restrictions these deficits can be met on!y by levying property taxes or by unco-ordinated county refunding- operations. Either alternative is unacceptable. All area restrictions oh the distribution of pri mary road funds among the counties should be eliminated. Maintenance Minimum Listed. It is believed that the financial policy of the Iowa state highway ^commission should not be based 'upon en expected income from special motor vehicle taxation of more than §14,000,000 annually during the next five or six years. Since I minimum of 53,000,000 ia required innually for the proper maintenance Bf primary roads already constructed, not more than $11,000,000 will be available annually to meet the tarrying- charges on outstanding primary road bonds; but bond maturities and interest charges fall in (uch irregular amounts that by 1037 total bond obligations will ex- tecd total estimated revenues avail- able for bond purposes by almost 52,000,000. Under the excising law- and estimated revenue conditions, fixed charges will therefore exceed available revenues by amounts varying from 51,891,000 In 1937 to 5995,000 in 1939. In attempting to solve this problem, makeshift methods will merely serve to aggravate the trouble. Elimination of gasoline tax refunds would Increase revenues, but riot in sufficient amount. Refunding of outstanding county primary road bonds appears inevitable. It Is inadvisable to leave these operations to the unco-ordinated action of Individual counties. State action seems to present the only permanent and scientific solution. In the attempt to find a solution for the highway finance problem, dispatch and economy are determining factors. Substantial amounts of primary road bonds will have to be refunded in 1936. Constitutional amendment is neither certain hoi- prompt as an immediate solution.- A comprehensive refunding program is necessary, administered by 'a state agency possessing adequate power 'to require counties to refund primary road bonds at specified times . in specified amounts, and in accordance with the. requirements of the refunding program. Lagoa Eos Patos is the largest lake of Brazil,-145 miles long by 20 to 40 miles wide. MASON CITY'GLOBE-GAZETTE NOVEMBER 30 1933 ' U. S. TO BUILD SEADROME FOR OCEAN FLYERS Here Is an artist's conception of the seadrome which ttoo United States department of commerce will Sf* °" the , COBS * °, f Virginia In the government's experiment to make the ocean Island place on a. trans-Atlantic airway. It will be half a block In size. A^ TOYLAND OPEN NOW Thousands of Toys--Dolls--All kinds of wheel toys, etc., too many to even list--are here. Visit this' department before you make your selection. f ^ Priced from MAIN SXOOB and UP ^ v. .i., Mier Wolf Sons Leslie Orres Rites Held at Eagle Grove Church EAGLE GROVE, Nov. 30--The neral services for Leslie Orrea 23 who died at the sanitarium at Woodward were held: today at the west side Lutheran church, the Rev H. S. Fauske, pastor of the church officiating. Burial was made in Graceland cemetery, Webster City Mr. Orres was the sou of Mrs. Sam Amundson of this city, and had been ill with tuberculosis for 10 years. BO Attend Party. 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