Sterling Daily Gazette from Sterling, Illinois on November 1, 1941 · Page 12
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Sterling Daily Gazette from Sterling, Illinois · Page 12

Sterling, Illinois
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Saturday, November 1, 1941
Page 12
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jpagfe Twelve OTEEIJNG DAILY GAZETTE, STERLING, ILLINOIS Saturday, November 1,1941 Rockford Schools To Close on Npv. 7 For Lack of Funds Special Ejection for Boosting Taxes Not Likely Till February ROCKFORD. ILL — <AP> — In the editor's mall came the following: "Dear Mr. Editor: I am the mother of flve children. Johnny In the first grade; Tim in i-be third; Nellie In the sixth jrrnde and my two bi(? boya. George and Willie In high school. "Now they're ffoinff to clwe the schools on Nov. 7 and keep them closed until Jan. 5. JB42. because the nchool board's out of money. "What am r goinR to do with five kJd* in my hou.«* for elRht weeks? Isn't there «ome way to keep the school* open? Why don't we put on R big dance In the armory and raise money that way?" The editor's mailbaR is filled with similar plaintive queries from moth«•» who jurt can't imagine that the Rockford public nchool system is In such a financial state that tfiey must claw. Hundreds of citizens suggest panacea* ranging from lotteries to public contributions to finance education for the city's 13,000 grade and high school pupils. But the school board has decreed Uiat it will not go further Into debt and so the schools will close on Nov. 7. and 475 teachers are looking for part-time Jobs to patch out ' salaries badly dented by "blacking- out" of the schools. Criato Forming Since 1931 The financial crisis of the schools ha* teen brewing since 1931 when real estate valuations started drop- pint from * maximum of 185.000,000 to a fjresent-day level of 155,000,000, while the educational tax rate has remained stationary at $1.50 per $100 aMnmd valuation. The school system weathered the depth of the depression by curtailing •errtew and cutting teachers' pay. In the early post-depression yean large gob* of delinquent taxes of the early thirties poured in. •ach year the deficit ran upwards of $190,000 and was absorbed by bond tetuiaa. Then the voters approved a »1,MO,000 bond teue so that the community could take advantage of • $1.900.000 PWA grant and build tvo new high schools to replace the antiquated central high school build- taf* School officials were hopeful when lagtilitlnr was passed which would . haw permitted Rockford's single unit arctem to set an educational tax rate M great as systems where grade and high achools are operated separately. Under the latter the law permits ••eh unit to levy II for educational yuipoaaf and a $2 educational tax ,,nte would aol/e all of Rockford's actual financial problems. Its legal Mm*U DOW U 11.50. But Oov. Dwlght H. Green vetoed thto tegtalaUon. holding that taxes shouldn't be increased unless the people of Rockford vote for them. That waa precisely what the board oi education decided, although In tkrat previous referenda over a pe- rtfcfl of aix yean the voters consls- tantly rejected tax increase pro- th» stone wall. No money, no *chooK «nd when you finally rt~ ulize there's no wny out FO« do precisely wh*t Mayor C. Henry Bloom dfd,to relieve his community'* dire, distress . . . You appoint ft committee to look into thine*. Msyor Bloom now has n committee of 44 highly placed citizens poring over statistics a.nd tnterviewins: to compiling s report which, it, is now indicated, will recommend that a <,pef:iftl election be held next Febni- nry and that the voters ratify n proposal that the school eduratlon- n! tax rate be increased from $1.50 to $2. the mothers nr« np In arm*. School officiate are confident that fitter an eight-week f?*- j?ion with » hou5efi.i1 of kid* they will jbe rewiy to march to the polls and I vot* sny tax rate increase that will [keep open the schools. j A sprri»l election trill cr><.t in th>> neighborhood of $5,000 and thrre if. con.Mderab!^ public RrouMnn about .Mich nn outlay for n referendum ne*t winter when it wo'.ilrt b* 1 j held alon? with fh* April primary at ; practically no cost, j However, S;ipt. Selmfr Brrc Is [fearful that if the referendum wait.s 'until next April, the voters will be tort numb from the shock of federal income u»* fncresse.* even to gft fcr> the poll-;. But it is at the poll', snd only at the poi!.s that there c«n come an pnd to the paradox of a, city burr-tine with defers provprnty unable to fine] the m'herr^'jthal to educate it.* children. Seattle Publisher Dies .SRATTI.K — <APi — M«j. On Clarenc'' R'-C'h'-n. R2. pubii'-her c,f the ^eaM'.e Tim-f";. di^d Thi.'r.<:dav nieht. «f!rr » prolnnpe'd illnftvi. Mrs. Blefhrn «nd two of their four : Frank snd WniSum K Blefhfn. both ».«.ioei.!it*d with the .Times, were at his hed.Mdf wh*n deflth came. C>en- ?ra! Rl^then «•«« orte of the Pacific •northwest's mo«-.t dHlnsnished newspaper and militan' fftrtires, v U. S. Agency Asks Cut In Rail Freight Rates WASHINGTON — 'AP> — Thr office r-f price ndmmh'rntion the nation's rnilroad^ Fridnv to rc- diice freight rates In thf Interest of national defense snd for price sta- •bility for fron and *t«*l morhif OR I s3i-r«i) routes to the PsclfJc coast. proposed by OP A W'ould b* downward from $1.15 per hundred pounds from Atlantic sea- hoard points to 75 cent* per hundred pounds from Colorado shipping point.-: to all Pacific coast ports. Th'-y •K-o-.ild apply to minimum carload •s' | '!Ehts of RO.OOO pounds. Pre^^nt rates runge from $1.43 p«r himrirrr! pounds from Atlantic sea- hoard points to 85 cent, 1 ! per htin- i?irrd pniinds from Colorado. Mlnl- I m;:m carload weights now are, 40,- j ooo pounds (»nd 60.000 pounds, de- pcndinE on the product. Th« R«w Folrfeonki Mort« Sf6k«r i Aad ao Rockford finally was up STYLE COMFORT WEAR - SALESMEN WANTED Find a job in the line you want, through the Classified columns. They're the surest way to assure confidential contacts. APARTMENT AND HOUSE HUNTING Save yourself wearying steps and hours of time! Enjoy finding location, space, and rental you want by checking the Classified columns. w*ra • SMA^tLY, •• oiker »kirt The Want Ads X Hdp YOU With May Daily ProMem FARMERS SELL MUCH OF THEIR LIVESTOCK THROUGH THE WANT-ADS The w i s e~f a rm e r knows he can get higher prices for Ms livestock by using a Want-Ad. The expense of shipping and possible loss on the market is money in the farmer's pocket Tfctn m stony HMtwhti MM Wari U M!IMM m a li HH, FWhg a bsl pH, faHKi sat ia a aav MM^fc^M I^K waf la WariMMIIalaialla. (raiaftfaaa tehplaaaa THANKS TO TOE WANT-ADS PETE HAS BEEN FOUND Our Lost and Found columns are responsible for uniting many dear friends, whether it's a pet, or piece of jewelry, place an ad at once in the want- ids for the best, quickest possible re- suite. PHONE 42 TIJITTV PH'IU'I'I'L' DAILY GAZETTE

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