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Tox study points need For property tax relief Letters to Santa — North Pole A recently completed tax study by the Iowa Farm Bureau dramatizes the need for properly tax relief in the state, according to Rodney Drewes, Fayette County Farm Bureau president. In Fayette county, the per capita property taxes totaled $102 in 1960. All of this was used in the county except for a very small amount in the state taxes for the soldier's bonus. The study indicates that property taxes are inequitable for many groups in the state when measured in terms of ability to pay and the benefits received. He pointed out farmers in the state receive only 15 per cent of the income but pay 40 per cent of the property taxes. From 1950 to 1980, farm population in the state declined more than 10 per cent and farm income went down 31 per cent, but taxes on farm property doubled. Owners of the businesses in towns in the • county must pay taxes on their business real estate and personal property as well as their homes regardless of the financial status of their business. "Farm Bureau has fought hard for property tax relief in recent sessions of the state legislature. This new study emphasizes the need for relief. We urge all citizens in the county and stale study this important problem and support a workable solution in the next session of the legislature." Mr. Drewes said members of the Farm Bureau legislative committee will be available. to give detailed both the county and state picture reports on the study which gives on property taxes. Groups inter- ested in learning more about the property tax situation in Iowa should contact the county Farm Bureau office in Fayette. Farm residents, he pointed out, are strongly interested in property tax relief. In Fayette county, the per capita farm property tax is $170 compared to the non-farm per'capita property tax of $71. One of the main reasons for this is that a farmer's business requires n large investment in land, equip ment, buildings and livestock. In Fayette county, the taxable valuation of the farm land, build ings, livestock and machinery was $31,667,557. That's 60.2 per cent of the total valuation of the county. The reminder of the taxable valuation of the county comes from: residential lots and buildings, 18.2 per cent; public utilities, eight per cent; and other personal property, 5.9 per cent. Mr. Drewes added that of the total bill, 61.5 per cent of the funds in the county goes to schools. City taxes paid only by city residents recieve 11.3 per cent of the money. Secondary roads receive 12.7 per cent of the total taxes. For county government, 13.7 per cent of the total taxes is expended while the soldier's bonus gets .8 per cent. Injured Cyril Eckelberg of Batavia received facial injuries and a dislocated hip recently when a large tree limb fell on him. He had been trimming a tree and one limb did not fall all the way to the ground after being cut, but dropped on him as he began to cut a smaller limb beneath it. BAKED YAMS . with Prune Filling! Consider yams. Baked, mashed with butter and given a touch of nutmeg, they're good eating in their own right. But now, add chopped prunes. There you have it.-.. the extra, that turns what's good into what's superb. The winey, tart-sweetness of California prunes complements the natural blandness of the vegetable, and their meaty, bite-into fruithess is delicious against -the gentle smoothness of the yam itself. As a final touch, and to call attention to it all, •top each yam with a big, whole brune. You might serve yams dressea up this way with pork chops, with baked ham, with turkey, chicken or with beefsteak. And so easy to manage! You merely snip pieces of cooked prunes away from the pits with scissors, and add them to the mashed yams. It's as simple as that. % teaspoon nutmeg % cup cutter 0 cooked prunes, pitted, whole 8 medium size yams (about 3 pounds) % cup cooked, pitted and chopped prunes ; % teaspoon salt Cut both ends of yams and bake at 401) degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove and'cool slightly. Cut off tops, scoop out with teaspoon, leaving shells. Mash yams, add prunes, spices, butter and blend well. Refill shells and reheat for serving in moderate 800 degree oven for 15 minutes. Make a small indentation in top center of each yam and place a pitted warm prune on each. Makes 6 servings. should bring us some Rifts for Christmas. We have been very good. Karen wants Shame Kathy doll and so does Barbara. JoArm would like a teddy boar. See you Christmas. I.nve Barbara JoAnn and Karen Dear Santa Clans, Bring me toys. Oonald Seafio Dear Santa Claus, I want a Chaty Kathy doll and high heels to wear. Thank you. Sandra Briggs Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a tool set construction blocks. We hope you have a very Merry Christinas and a Happy New Year. Thank you. Mr. Raymond Smith Dear- Santa Clause, How are you? We hope you Five county residents Elected to Historical Society in December Dr. William J. Petersen. Superintendent, announces that 203 persons were elected to membership in the State Historical Society of Iowa during the month of December. Five of the new members nre from Fayette county. 152 of these members' are from 85 towns, in -19 counties. Cedar Rapids led with 15 new members, followed by Des Moines 12, Iowa City 7, and Davenport 5. Font- towns had 4 each, three towns 3 each, H towns 2 each and 60 towns with 1 each. New members from other states were California 13, Illinois 6, Missouri and Pennsylvania 3, Arizona, Michigan, Minnestoa. Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin 2 each. Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio. South Dakota, Tennessee, and Washington, D. C. had one new member each. New members from Fayette County are: Dr. John E. Smith, Arlington; Fred Engle, Maynard;; Emma I. Harrington, Oelwein; Mr. Herman Jacobson, West Union; Eva M. Palmar, West Union. Dear Santa Claus, Please give me a talking doll and give me .some rurlers. Linda Manderfield Dear Santa Claus, Please give me a dream kitchen and a beauty parlor. Sylvia Hendrix Dear Santa Claus, Please bring me a Chaty Kath doll. Bremla Alshouse Deal- Santa Claus, I'd like something to play with. Linda Miller Dear Santa Claus, I want a robot commander and play mobile. Mark IUiblx-11 Dear Santa Claus, I want a gun and holster. Please will you bring me a lectre train? Kevin Samek Dear Santa Claus, Please get me a drag line and a gun holster. Kenny Popenhagen Dear Sanla Claus, Bring me hay rack ladder wagon, and tractor. Mike Steinbronn Dear Santa Claus, I want a fire car and dump truck and bike and wagon. Terry Evans Dear Santa Claus, Please bring me a fun factory and a tractor. Thank you Santa. Jimmy Wolcott Dear Santa Claus, Please bring me a dream kitchen and a walking doll. Janet Niles Dear Santa Clans, I want a dream kitchen, a kalhy doll. Send me a Ix-anty parlor, too. Please I want a nurse set. Jean Anne Slreeter Dear Santa Clans. 1 want a Kathy Chaly and in \v sleigh and suit ease. Uerlcy Yearors Dear Santa Clans. (iive me a Chaty kitchy dull and some clothes for my Barbie doll and a new dress. Julie 'Clark skates. We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Will you please bring me a Thank you. bottle of fingernail, a pair of ice Bonnie Lou Popenhagen Dear Santa, to our friends . . . SINCE REST GREETINGS D U W E ' S SMALL ELECTRIC APPLIANCE REPAIR Lawnmowers Overhauled And Sharpened !j Phone Red 236 Fayette We wish each of you a lovely yule. PATTISON'S FEED MILL Lloyd Cleo John Jim Bernard Dick Streefer Dick Scheldel Eagle Mark Halverson of near West Union recently found an injured bald eagle in a field on his farm, the young eagle has a broken wing and its unable to fly. The Halver- sons are caring for it until some assistance comes from federal or state authorises. I; We hope that Santa brings you a bountiful measure of all the good things that make a joyful, happy, and rewarding Yule season. Merry Christmas everyone. DANIELS DRUG STORE Bob and Donna Daniels Norma fmtlen —-. Vlvl«n Orr JarryZuber Sharon Henry Kathy KnowlM ~— Harleyn Cua Fayatta, Iowa jjj May the peace iii of Christmas be yours now and evermore. "" FAYETTE INSURANCE AGENCY Phone 18 Fayette, Iowa MERRY CHRISTMAS Time again for Yuletide greetings ... warm with overtones of carols, holly and mistletoe! May you and yours have a joyous Christmas ... full of happiness!