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Cheyenne, Wyoming proposals, to channel most state February 10, 1957 revenue through a single depart- now have only six more ment equipped with competent per- days to go. I know of no sonnell and IBM machines. This to disagree with some of is supposed to save several hun- Veteran newspaper reporters dred thousand dollars a year and here who say that Wyomingprovide better service to the tax- has the hardest working payers, and incidentally to facili- of all the 48 states, butrate the work of county treasurers this particular session is the and others. Working one in Wyoming's I already have several amend- However, I always some- ments written for bills that we will the last week - because consider next week. One of them :he most confusing one. For pertains to the new state bonding five weeks we move slow- code. At the presnt time our so I always have at leastcounty high school district may good idea of what is going bond up to 6% of the county val- the Senate, but from now uation. The new code would re- tempo will accelerate. For strict that to 4%, but my amend- whenever the House adds ment will bring it back up to 6%. to a Senate bill in I believe this is necessary for the the Senate does not concur, future welfare of our county school committee, consisting setup and will try to get the lree members of each body, amendment adopted. Originally Because the time is the new bonding code proposed to shorter, these conferencerepeal the provisions under which cannot wait for a re- a school district could establish a together. And, the part separate building fund. I have is that while you are already succeeded in striking that ~n a conference committeepart of the code. a couple of other confer-Incidentally, if S.F. 122, as Ln ittees will make reports amended, passes the House the et )rts may be adopted and el does not know just school districts in our county will have to look a little closer at their s happened until later,long-range plans. I wrote this bill ti( ular week reminds me and it has passed the Senate. It r~ent made by a legislative is true that it will provide addition- ew years ago, "The Legis- is the only insane asylum al state aid for the small two and three teacher schools, but it will state run by the inmates, also limit the amount of cash bal- er us knows what shouldance a district may have on hand Improve conditions here. at the end of the school year. The ~elieve that lengthening bill provides that if for two con- I Would help. We turn- secutive years a district has on one proposal last week hand cash balances which exceed e session 55 days instead 25% of the amount expended in matter how long the the preceeding year, the amount be, we would always of such excess will be deducted Week. Wyoming has from foundation payments. This session of all the state provision would not become effec- and that is probably tive until 1958. In checking yap- to be a hard working ious districts around the state I was day we did permit the amazed to find that in 9 districts of a Resolution to pro-checked in Crook County, 8 had a short 20 day session in balances in excess of 25% (25% Years to consider only is the state average), One district r, and fiscal matters. This in Crook County had a cash bal- ~eLfor better financing, ance equal to 200% of the amount aaa to budget for one expended the previous year. That t time, instead of for a district should be able to cut down as we do now. If the on local taxes and use up most of should approve this that cash balance by 1958. It . it would have to be might eliminate local taxes entire- JY all the people in the ly next year. !e 1958 general election I have also written a couple of v.Ould be put into effect, other bills which are now thru the Y next week we will un-Senate and would effect local taxes. su.s..Pend the rule which One of them is a new Homestead bill to be considered Exemption. It provides a $500 }n three separate days.exemption for persons over 60 and the rules we will for widows, provided they do not bills to be considered have more than $3,500 of assessed m one day. Any bill valuation. This gives the benefits ~ularly, controversial of such an exemption to the people in the proposal who need it most. There is no rules. It takes a two- reason why I or most of the people to suspend the should have such an exemption. this session neither two-thirds majority in Personal pressure I in recent weeks is Bills which have a lot of my time the Senate. Yes- out of my Edu- 7 hills, which up my committee did for the time my corn- more bills which 0use but I believe out 2 of them a total of 9 will die in our We will them out on the Not Pass" recom- and that will be the However, this next to try to see that chairmen are not that I want pass- way it goes. of important Works. One of it is the batch of bills, feature reorganization The one we repealed two years ago gave it to everyone. The local papers have mistakenly said it was a "local-option" exemption. It is not. It applies to all such people in the state. However, it does not provide for state reimbursement to the counties, cities and school districts. This should limit future efforts to have it expanded to in- clude everyone in the state. We passed another of my bills in the Senate yesterday which would provide a means of collect- ing school poll taxes from persons not listed on the assessment rolls. At present everyone who pays pro- perty taxes pays the $2 poll tax. People who are not listed on the rolls usually do not pay it. The bill provides that county treasur- ers shall collect it from such per- sons when they buy auto or trailer license plates. The county treas- urers won't like the extra work and it may not pass the House. If it does we will collect about twice as much as we are now. It's about the only way of getting some of the school cost on people who do not pay property taxes. Well, I hope that by this time next Sunday w~ are on the way home. There's no telling how Roy Follum delivered and in. Friday evening at the Frank Blake- long the 40th day will last. The stalled a deep freeze and refrig- man home. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. clock will be stopped at midnight erator at the Dick Metzel home Blakeman were also guests that but we may still be there at 4 or Wednesday evening. Mrs. Dick evening. 5 in the morning. It may be that Metzel, Bunny and Lyric Mills vis- Mr. and Mrs. Dea Baldwin from Margaret and Lou Ann will have ited Mrs. Gerald Blakeman Tuesday Lead visited Saturday evening at to drive the car home while I morning, the Junior Mills home. On Sunday catch up on my sleep so I can write An organization of the Beulah Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Baldwin from the last letter about this session Birthday Club was held at Mrs. Sturgis were visitors at the Mills after we get home. Lou Ann is Margaret Blakeman's home on home and at Dick Metzel's. coming down on the bus tonight. Thursday. Those in attendance Jeff Vore, Bill Blakeman and Mrs. Hauber came down last weekwere: Mesdames Edith Crago, Vir- Bill Myers were attending to some for the first time this session, so ginia Pfleeger, Enid Giltner, Helen F.F.A. business in Belle Fourche Leslie is happy about that. We will Metzel, Dorothea Mills, Lilac Saturday. all be glad to get back and I as- Mathews, Claralea Vore, ElaineMrs. Claude Prothero, Beulah, sure you none of us are much in- Olson, Margaret Tauck and Grace Dr. Hare, Spearfish, Dr. Smiley, terested in voting to lengthen the Nussbaum. The afternoon was Deadwood, and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin time of the session another 15 days spent in visiting, playing games Rauth from Alva were among or so. I'm sure many of you think and putting a quilt in the frame to those getting fishing licenses in we can do enough damage in 40 be quilted after which a lunch of Beulah on Saturday. days. jello, angel food, chocolate cake R.E. Vore attended the Farmers and coffee were served. Mrs. Vore Institute in Moorcroft last week. and Mrs. Metzel assisted. A few He was chairman and moderator invited guests were unable to at- on Thursday. tend. The birthdays celebratedNoel Hartman from Sturgis was Missionary Vincent Nelson from were Mrs. Olson's, Mrs. Mills' and a visitor at the Bert Mathews home Sheridan was visiting in this corn- Mrs. Lydia Hoyer's. Saturday. munity the first of this week and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Simons were Mr. and Mrs. John Crago were spent Monday night at the Gerald Spearfish callers on Thursday evening visitors at the Leo Crago Blakeman home. where Mr. Simons had dental work home on Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Royal Mills, Jr. done. The Buffet supper held at the who have been in Omaha for theDick and Helen Metzel moved Royal Club Saturday evening was past three weeks, returned home into their home on Tuesday eve- well attended and everyone enjoy- Tuesday. Mr. Mills underwent ning after caring for the Junior ed the good food. major surgery on his back while Mills children while" their parents Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Vore spent there, were in Omaha. Sunday afternoon with grandma Marshall and John Eddy and the Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wendt Vore in Spearfish. Bob made a Frank Taucks sold cattle at the Sturgis sales ring on Wednesday. were Sundance business visitors trip to Cheyenne Monday to attend Mrs. Mildred Mathews and too- Friday afternoon, the Legislative session. ther, Mrs. Mae Guidinger, visited The Gerald Blakeman family Mr. and Mrs. Bob Carp from the Jesse Guidingers at Belle were in attendance at a Birthday Spearfish were afternoon visitors at Fourche Wednesday. supper given for Dale BlakemanJunior Mills' Sunday. _,, Mayfair '* OJ Linen Suits /) ,have arrived Pastel Colors O 0 I,t /},A. 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