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Sundance, Wyoming
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IIIIII gg mm is the greatest privilege of life. When we are gone, probably none of us will have public monuments erected to our memories. But, we can each help build good public schools that will endure to the benefit of several genera- tions. Since the 1953 bond issue we have paid enough taxes to retire $140,000 of high school bonds and we will continue to retire them at the rate of al- most $50,000 a year. For both elementary and high school bond and interest Sundance is now pay- ing 5.781 mills, the rest of the county mills. Compared with other places, Newcastle and Upton are each payin g Gillette 6.000, Casper 6.340, Sheridan 6.586, and Cheyenne 9.670. .... Adding bond and interest levies to all other school district levies, Sundance has a total of 17.801 mills, Moorcr0ft and Hulett each )9.226, and the Of the county varies from 16"226 to 19.226. This compares with 18.104 in Newcastle and 26.500 in Gillette. The proposed bonds should sell between 2 pct. and 3 pct. This will mean five to six thousand dollars a year interest, about one-half mill on present county total valuation, but county valuation should increase next year by adding the pipe line and other things which will result in a smaller levy. If school levies were not reduced next year, a family in Sundance which is now paying $112 a year in total taxes would pay $1 more next year. A rural family now paying a year would pay$1 more. This would be relatively insignificant, but the high school board says the levy for current expense should go down a mill or so next year, which will definitely result in lower school taxes. We pay plenty of taxes for which it is impossible to measure or see direct results. When we build or add to school buildings, we can see and enjoy the benefits we create. Personally we would be glad to pay five or six mills all our lives to have and keep good school buildings.