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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 25, 1931
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The Upper Des Moines-Republican, February 25, 1931 THE IOWA SENATE VOTED THE COUNTY ASSESSOR BILL Innovation in Tax Program Now up to House Where Vote Will be Close. KILL TAX ON FILLING STATIONS. Special to Upper Des Moines-Republican: What the legislative tax committee terms its key tax reform measure, and essential to the successful working of their proposed income tax, was passed last Thursday by the Iowa senate 29 to 17 with four absent or not voting. The bill was written by members of the Joint legislative tax commission, and Senator C. E. Clark of Cedar Ha- plds, was its leading advocate on the floor. A large number of amendments were made to the original bill but the main features arc retained. It proposes a radical change in the method of making assessments in that some 2780 township and city assessors will be done away with and their work taken over by 9D—one for each county. The trustees and city councils will no longer act as boards of equalization and review, but these duties will be performed by the county board of supervisors, the whole under the direction of the state board of assessment and review. Instead of the town or township assessor visiting each property owner, they will be required to make sworn perty to be assessed bfefore February | To Test Legality Amendment. of property for taxation statements purposes. The senate voted down an amendment providing that the county assessor should be elected instead of appointed. The official will be appointed by the board of supervisors, the county auditor and county treasurer. The chairman of the board will act as chairman of the appointing board and the auditor ns secretary. The term of office is flxed at four years, and the salary is to be the snmc ns that of the county auditor. The county nsserror may retain as many of the township assessors ns field officers as the supervisors fjoeirle Mccewnrv and that body is to fir: their compnn- snvinn. The county assessor will frivo hH full time to the work nnd shall have no othrr business or employment. The firs' si" month of each year will probably bs used in mnkintr the assess- ments—listinrr property, the last six in mu!:inrr up the tax roll ren.dv for the county treasurer. The assessor relieves tho auditor of all duties connected with assessments, and it is claimed will reduce the number of deputies needed in that office by at least two. Tho first county assessor is to be appointed on or before aJnuary 1st, 1932, and take office on that date. . • The county;,assesspr;; js.ijBOTepted to assume soroa sdSWto?* '''™^™*3.** ; ''**ax ! ,ferret'" arid^a^ifi'^ uncover 'imtaxed pi . .. the power to examine the books and records of any person or firm within the county at any place designated by him, whenever he has reason to believe a proper assessment return has not been made, and can require by subpoena the attendance and testimony of any witness. Where it is found the property owner has not listed property all costs shall be taxed to him, otherwise to the county. All the powers and duties of the county auditor X'e- garding assessments of property for taxation shall be transferred to the county assessor. Each property owner Is required to make a report of pro- 1st of each year, and list all debts which he seeks to credit against the assessment, together with the name and address of the party to whom due, and sign and swear to same under oath. Property owners will have the right to appeal from, assessments made by the county assessor, and any town or school district officer can file complaints in behalf of such bodies. These will be heard by the county board of review. After assessments have been equalized by the county board any taxpayer can appeal to the district court or state board of assessment or review, on or before the first Monday in November. It is not thought that the assessor plan will have easy sailing in the house, for it is known that it will meet strong opposition there, with doubt being expressed by some that it will carry. House Passes Income Tax Bill. By a vote of 82 to 23 the house late Friday afternoon passed the income tax bill, including a three per cent iax on corporations. Almost the entire clay was spent in disposing of numerous amendments to the tax committee's proposed bill, and the measure as finally adopted includes the amend- nents of Nelson of Story, Relmers of Lyon and others, lowering the tax on the smaller incomes and including the corporation tax. The measure as passed provides for exemption of $1,000 for unmarried persons and $2,000 for married persons, or on that basis; fixes a tax of one per cent on the first $2,000 taxable, two per cent on the third and fourth $1,000 three per cent on the fifth and sixt! $1,000, four per cent on the sevent: and eighth taxable $1,000, and five pe cent on all incomes above $8,000. The amendment to the committtc bill, which provided for a four per cen tax on incomes of corporations in low and four and one-half per cent on for H. V. Matthews, of Ottumwa, an employee of the Simmers Oil Company, filed suit Monday to start a test of the legality of the proposed constitutional amendment under the law passed by the legislature Friday. Quick work. cign corporations was amended t fix at fiat three per cent on both. Oi the first vote this amendment failed o a majority, the vote being 52 to 52 Allen of Pocahontas changed his vot to no, giving a majority against th amendment, and then moved to re consider, and on the vote to rcconsid e.r won his point. The second ballo flxed the rate at three per cent b 52' to 44. An amendment by Byers o Linn to have the funds derived fron the income tax divided forty per ccn to the state and sixty per cent to th. counties from which derived, fail ccl 05 to 20. The hard brittle was over the fixin of the corporation income tax. Th tax committee had introduced a sep orate bill providing for a two per cen flat rate, and it was sought to substi tute that amount for the three pe cent tax. Opponents of the corpora tion tax say it will fail of passage ir the senate, while friends admit the; fixed the rate for "trading" with th senate in conference. It is predictei that if the income tax bill passes th senate at all it will carry a two pe f nt jjCprRpratiqn. tax. The, vote iij e'Ssenate'on "an Income tax will b close. Wanted 5% Tax Levy Reductions. Representative Elliott of Scott coun ty offered an amendment to the incom tax bill providing that all tax bodies including township and schools, shoul reduce levies five per cent per annum until 1935, as a real measure of re ducing taxation, and declared that i new sources of revenue were provide without such & provision it would on ly mean spending more money an said that the millage for all purpose in the state have increased 12.12 mill in the past five years as evidence o the trend to spend. 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Provide New Fish & Game Com. If the Iowa senate approves the action of the house, which last week by a vote of 70 to 27, passed the bill providing for a six member flsh and game commission, the plan of administering Iowa's fish and game laws will be changed.- Instead of being in charge of one game warden named by the governor, this official would be named by a non-salaried board of six to be appointed by the governor, which in turn would appoint the state fish and game warden, the numerous deputy wardens, and have charge of spending the money derived from license fees. The salary of the state fish and game warden is fixed at $4,000 a year, and the expenses of the commission at six cents per mile for transportation and three dollars per day for other expenses when actually engaged in their duties. It is anticipated that the vote in the senate will be close, as the present system has many supporters in that body, especially among friends of the present warden. Under a bill passed by the house ten cents of each hunting and fishing license fee' would be retained by the counties. To Reduce Auto Allowance. A reduction from ten cents per mile to six cents per mile for use of privately owned automobiles Is provided for in a bill approved by the house committee on county and township organizations last week. The bill, sponsored by Representatives Reed of Mahaska county, Strachan of Humboldt and Bonnstetter of Kossuth, would fix six cents as the maximum price to be paid. The committee discussed reducing this to five cents per mile. It is said the change would reduce county expenses by $100,000 in the state. Iowa Labor Given Preference. The house went on record last week as favoring giving preference to Iowa labor on all public works and contracts, and provides a penalty for violation. It provides that every commission, board, committee, officer or other CovcrniiiB body of the .state, or of any county, township, school district, city or town, and every person acting as contracting n.rjent for any such committee or governing body shall give preference to Iowa labor in the con- structlon of any public improvement or works. A resident shall be ono who has lived in the state not loss than six months. Violation of the act subjects the party to a flpe of $100 or thirty days in jail for each offense. A proposed bill to also give preference to Iowa-made articles and materials wa defeated, after long debate. House Passes Utility Act. After a battle that took, up part o the time of the ent days and in which personalitie were freely indulged in, the Slrnmei bill was passed, giving cities an towns the right to contract for utilit plants and machinery, to be paid fo out of future earnings of the plant. provides for giving thirty days notlc of proposed lettings and adoption o plans, nnd publication of contract, desperate effort was made to provid for a vote of the people on accept ance of the contract, and a vote o: tho terms of the contract, price c service, etc. This was voted dowr The measure seeks to make it possibl for towns to construct and operat municipal electric light and wate plants without issuing bonds or levy ing a direct property tax. Governor Asks Economy. Governor Turner sent to the genera assembly last week a special message urging them to observe the need foi conomy, and calling attention to the fact that suggested legislation would ncreasc expenditures over tho last bi- nnium. He called attention to the uselessncss of providing new sources of evenue through an income and other lew taxes if expenditures were not o be kept down. The tendency of bills introduced ave been to create new commissions nd expenditures rather than to re- uce them. Bills have been introduced roviding for reduction of salaries of ;ate and other officials, but none such ave yet been passed and it is not hought they will be. Increased taxation of inheritances nder a bill passed by the senate last eek is expected to bring a million ollars additional revenue into the tate treasury. This is one of the roposals of the joint tax committee, mendments to the bill, increasing ex- provided for repeal of the $500 expense allowance and raising salaries in 1935 from $1,000 to $1500. His amendment would eliminate the expense clause nnd retain the salary increase for later legislatures. Senator C. E. Anderson has introduced a bill providing for reducing the expense allowance from $500 to $200. The house postponed action on the expense account repeal to March 20th. Defeat License on Filling Stations. In a lively battle that followed the passage of the county assessor bill, the senate by a vote of 30 to 14 with six absent defeated the proposed license On filling stations. This was another of the tax committee's measures to raise new revenue, which was to go to cities and towns. It provided for an annual tax of $25 on each station, five dollars on each pump and one dollar per foot on each foot of curbing used in excess of twenty feet. Allow Branch Bank Offices. The house Thursday voted 87 to 9 to permit solvent banks to establish cfficcs in neighboring towns for purpose of receiving deposits nnd cashing checks. Such offices will not be allowed to make loans or do other banking business. Vicious attacks were made on the present state banking department during the debate by Representative Gallagher of Iowa county and Short of Woodbury, who blamed the department for most of Iowa's bank failures. mptions to widows, cuts the anticipated revenue several hundred thousand dollars. The heaviest Increases fall on collateral heirs. To Test "Expense" Law. Some clever work in both house and senate has caused a sort of "faux pas" in the attempt to repeal the so-cajled "salary grab" law passed at ths 43d session of the general assembly. The 'senate got the propostion first on Senator Stoddard's bill to repeal the law, the committee reported the bill for indefinite postponement, which means death, and the senate then adopted the committee report. That puts a bill to sleep for the session, under the rules, because the senate cannot act on the same propostion in exactly the same form again. The house members making a showing of sincerity in trying to undo the expense act of last session, still have a bill up for action, on a favorable committee report which they may adopt, but which will not make It possible to repeal the law at the session. Now there is a rumor that a very high class and able lawyer In Des Moines will undertake to quash the expense law by bringing either a suit against some member to compel him to return the amount paid to him under it, or enjoin the state from paying any member these expenses thereby bringing the constitutionality of the law to a test in the supreme court. The latter seems more probable, since it is declared that members serving when the law was passed had no right to increase their own compensation. It is taken for granted now that If the legality of the act is not tested present members of the house and senate elected last fall will be entitled to draw the expense money then voted to them by the 43d general assembly, "not to exceed $600." Senator Stoddara has filed an amendment to bis original bill, which Legislators Are Being Carefully Checked, The "Salary Gra.b" has been "laid on the table" by the house at Dna Moines, and P. H. Donlon, representative from Palo Alto county in a letter to the Emmetsburg Democrat has listed those in this vicinity who voted against the "grab'." Bonnstetter of Kossuth was among those voting against the "grab." Mr. Donlon says: "So that our home folkr, may know how their representatives voted on this important measure for economy, I am giving tho roll call. Alien of Pocahontas and Avery of Clay for the grab act, Bonnstetter of Kossuth, Donlon of Palo Alto, Hclgason of Emmet and Johnson of Dickinson, voted against it. Elliott of Scolt then moved that action on re-referring (he report bo dofcrrcd. Torgeson of Worth then moved the; previous question. Tho motion prevailed. On I lie question, 'shall action be deferred.' a roll call was demanded. The motion (o defer was defeated, 61 to <!2. Allen and Avery again voted for the grab net and. Bonnstetter, Donloi Helgason and Johnson voted as it. "Alen then raised a point of orde to prevent further consideration. Th .speaker ruled that thn point was no well taken. "Torgeson of Worth then moved a a substitute for all pending motion that the rules be suspended and tha the bill be placed on its third read Tffg^-OfftltftsiMAttcmv.'shall the substi tution be made,' the motion to substi tute was lost by a vote of 62 to 38. O the question, 'shall the bill be rs-fer red to the judiciary committee,' a ro call was demanded. Mi J . Avery of Cla voted for and Allen, Bonnstetter, Don Ion, Helgason and Johnson voted ag ainst. Motion lost 53 to 46. "Simmer of Wapello then moved tha the report of the committee be laid o the table until March 20. Roll call wa demanded. The result was a vote o 55 for and 53 against, all members pro sent and voting. The effect will like ly lie to kill the effort to repeal th 'salary grab act', as the sifting commit tee will be likely to throw it out n that late date. Avery voted to lay on the table until March 20. Allen Eonnstetter, Donlon, Helgason am Johnson voted against it. "This story will show how hard it 1 to put over a measure for public economy when members themselves arc financially interested. We told the ,'oters last fall that if we failed to accomplish, results in our efforts at retrenchment, we should let them know .he reason why. This long letter is an effort to explain why the 'salary grab act' was not repealed. "The people of Icwa supported and lected Dan Turner on a platform of conomy and retrenchment in public xpenditures. The governor in his in- ugural address, advised the legisla- ure to repeal the expense account act assed two years ago. In this connec- on, he said, 'Any succeeding legis- ature by changing two words in the w, would raise the amount designal- d as a maximum, to any figure de- Former Algona Boy Given High Honor. Leo C. Dalley, former Algona boy, now secretary of the Spencer Commercial club, was elected second vice president of the Iowa Asosciation of Commercial Organization Secretaries at the state convention of the organization held at Newton last week Tuesday and Wednesday. Mr. Dailey was in attendance at the meeting. Dailey's selection constitutes an honor to himself and to the Spencer Commercial club as the office tendered was sought after by many leading commercial club executives of the state. To serve with Mr. Dalley at the head of the association's activities for the year will be Charles Bond of Burlington, president; John Adams of DCS Moines, first vice president; Lester Mll- ligan of Mason City, secretaryo nnd Mrs. Andy Hanson of Cedar Palls, treasurer. sired. You can easily imagine a time when the expense money might exceed the salary. It does not measure up to our conception of what constitutes sound public policy. If I were you I would repeal it. This law was supported, as I agree, by many honorable men with none but honest motives, the fact remains, this type of law is unsound in principle and may tn the future be subject to abuse.' "Members of the senate and house heard these words from the governor's lips and yet they have ignored his advice to repeal the measure. The folks at home are watching the proceedings and many members will be called upon to give an account of their stewardship. They seem to be against the Turner program for economy. An action will be brought in court to test the legality of this expense account bill." Morningside College Choir Here March 17. One of the greatest musical treats will be tho coming of the Morningside College Methodist choir to Algona under the auspices of the Ladies' Aid society and will appear March 17 at the Methodist church. This outstanding a capella choir is popularly known and rated as one of the finest of its kind. The choir is an unaccompanied singing organization interpreting the great masterpieces of sacred music with a perfect ensemble of sixty beautifully trained voices. Tile beautiful harmonic effects which may be obtained by such a choir is unbelievable. Critics have been unanimous In recommending the well- nigh perfect ensemble because of the tone quality and organ effects revealed in the concerts. The wealth of material In this field of a capella music makes it possible to arrange programs of the greatest intercr.t and variety, and the programs of the choir contain certain compositions representing many periods of church music from the early polyphonic writers of the sixteenth century clown to the moderni.';!: of the present day. The Morninr.iide Methodist choir is favorably known throughout tho middle west, hnviii'T appeared in the jirin- dpi! cities in this .section. This year the itinerary of the choir includes several citie. 1 -; in To'.va ns well as three concerts in Chii'ii'-o and ono in Omn.!n, where the choir has been requested to return after an .".ppnaranee last year. Professor Paul MacCollin, founder and director, is one of the ont.slnnd- ing voice tnichors in the middle west. Mrs. Elifrnlyih MncCollin, soprano, nji- pcars as soloist a Tain this yeai-, offering n. musical treat unsurpassed by any choir in the country. Spent 61 Years on Same Farm, Jos. A. Banwnrt, one of the old and substantial citizens of the West Bend neighborhood, was a welcome visitor a the Upper DCS Moines-Republican of fice Friday, where he has called fo at least once a year for perhaps fort years to pay his subscription and cha a moment. Mr. Banwart is one of th pioneer men of southern Kossuth, com ing to the county sixty-one years age with his parents when a boy of fiv years of age. The Banwarts home steaded a place in Garfie'.d township nnd the place has been the home o Mr. Banwart to this day. Sixty-om years' residence on tho same farm 1: a record wo venture to say that ha: not been equalled. NOW YOU CAN BUY A GENUINE MAYTAG WASHER FOR THAU PHONE for a Maytag Washer, a Maytag Ironcr or both. Judge them on performance in your own home. If the Maytag doesn't sell itself, don't keep it. Divided payments you'll never miss. THE NEW MAYTAG IRONER—Here is n worthy companion to the Mnytag Washer. Because of its exclusive Alakrome Thermo- plate, it heats far.tcr and irons better. It is a separate complete unit which can be used in any room in the house. TUNE IN —Enjoy the Mnytng radio hour over N. B. C. coast to coast blue network—cvcry Monday 9:00 P.M., E.S.T.—8:OOC.S.T. —7:00 M.T.—C:00-P.C.T. //otHrt -uilh'.ml electricity mny have the MuyltiS Aluminum Washer equipped with in-luill wsolinf. Multi-Motor. THE MAYTAG COMPANY : Founded 1393 NEWTON, IOWA I Wltf d / j^f^FTP^ Larrabee Fighte for the Dairy Snterests. Emmetsburg Democrat: We notice that Prod Larrabee, the well known Fort Dodge livestock breeder, accompanied Mark Thornbuurg, Iowa's sec- 'etary of agriculture to Washington a short time ago where they testified in he hearing on butter substitutes. Congress is considering the Brigham bill, which would place a tax of ten cents ier pound on all colored substitutes, 'he internal revenue department ruled hat, under present statutes, yellow oil my be used without paying the tax. /Lr. Larrabee, with other Iowa dairy- nen and farmers, is strongly in favor f the passage of the Brigham bill. Charged With Robbing a Farm Home. Penton Reporter; A stranger who came here from Ringsted last Friday afternoon was nabbed here by the deputy sheriff of Algona Saturday forenoon upon information received here that he was suspected of having entered a farm home near Haifa Thursday forenoon, during the absence of the family, and stole two watches. The arrest came about through our local marshal, Chas. Glaus, who was given a description of the man wanted, which tallied with the stranger's. The sheriff's office was then notified and the deputy sheriff arrested the fellow upon his arrival here. Upon being searched two watches, one a ladies' and the other a man's, were found on his person. Both answered the description of the watches which had been stolen at the farm house near Haifa. He also had about $35 in change, a large number of socks and wore fairly good clothes. He was taken to Swea City where the sheriff of Emmet county was to meet them and take the prisoner on to Estherville. ALUMINUM WASHER PORTABLE IRONER UTILITY STORE In Former Modern Dry denning Bldg. Phone 79.1. Algona, Iowa. Phillips to Fight Rubel in March. Spencer News-Herald: Charles "James J. Jeffries" Rubel, Spencer's merciless mauler, will engage in fisticuffs with Clarence Phillips, crafty Al- Bona leather pusher, at the Grand Opera House at Spencer .some time early in March, according to Ij. 11. Kasmus- Kon, local Tight promoter. Owing to Rubel's la rut :5:ilo and other reasons it was not possible to bring the scrappers together during February, Mr. Rasmuson said, so a suitable date early in March will be selected ;oon and announced noxt week. Rubel's decisive victory over "Bis Jack" Petoi-Kon of Emnietsburg last week, 1ms bolstered up his morale and he is confident that he will hand young Phillips the surprise of his life. With, his farm duties out of the way, he cx- pccl.s- to get in some good training work before the Phillips scrap. Rubel was challenged by Phillips following tho Pliillips-Cierdos fight on February 9, and he lost no time in accepting the challenge. Phillips caught the fancy of local boxing fans with his fast and clever lighting put up against "Wild Bill" Conies, Clay county champion. Phillips' style and finish was far above the avurrine .seen in local rings, and fans arc anxious to see more of his fine work. 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