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2- The Goldendale Serrfinel- Thursday, February 17, 1972 PRIZE.WINNING MEMBER - ,'€ma¢ lm editorial comment What to do "What can we do to help?" This has been asked many times of those working on our Centennial committees. Up to now the general answer has been "there'll be plenty to do later; just give us your ideas now." But there is something that can be done by everyone in Golden- dale: Start now to clean up our town. It's still muddy, but some things can be done right now and others as soon as spring weather arrives. If your premises need tidying, plan now to get it done as soon as it is practical to do the work. If buildings need painting, plan it now; order the paint so it will be ready before summer arrives. If you plan to tear down that old shed, figure out when and how it will be done. There will be tree trimming to be done, yard cleanup, rubbish to !:i: .... be hauled, all the usual cleanup chores. But this time let's go a few !i steps farther. How about those old junky carbodies on vacant lots? Whom do they belong to? If you, decide now to do something about them. If it's on your neighbor's property, why not speak to him about our town-wide project of cleaning Goldendale as it hasn't been cleaned before. Maybe he'll cooperate as a result of your suggestion. If not, come to us. We're all going to work together to get the job done. Town Pride has scheduled a cleanup week in the spring. That's fine. It provides a way the widows, the elderly, can get a lift with their annual cleanup. Students will help those who are unable to do it alone. But for the rest of us who are able-bodied there should be no waiting for the annual cleanup day. When good weather comes, it's time to get busy. We're celebrating 105 years this summer; 100 years of what? Before we go any farther perhaps we should answer this question. Some say 100 years of progress. Others say 100 years of growth, and development. Others say 100 years of building'for a better future. If we have progressed, if we have grown and developed, if we have built for a better future, how come we have all this junk and clutter under foot? Isn't it time we cleaned up and spruced up, in readiness for company? Let's show our returning former citizens what we have done with the old town, and let's put our best foot forward for the people who come here for the first time this summer. Let's show them all that we're proud of Goldendale. That's what you can do to help, and as you do it. we'll be helping you Let us not be guilty of bequeathing to Century 2--our junk. ZIM'S REPORT From Legislature- Olympia Rep. Hal Zimmerman, 17th District Clark, Skamania, Klickitat Mr. and Mrs. August Schuster ii County officials arrested for failure to collect tax .E if" OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON TERRI- :.:.:i:i TORY, 1867: An order was issued today :::: for the arrest of Clickitat County officials .iii on charges of failure to collect taxes which iii are payable to the territorial government. A law officer is being dispatched on horseback to arrest August Schuster° ill Hugh McNary. Amos Stark and possibly ::i!i" several others for their policy of passive x: resistance. '.::: The latter two are county corn- i:!: missioners. Schuster was appointed a iill commissioner, but soon resigned to fill the :ii office of sheriff. A red-faced official from ;: Olympia stated, "'We forgot to appoint a :::: :::: sheriff to enforce collection of these taxes. e=t ;ii! so Schuster seems to have volunteered to ::::: leave his post as commissioner to become i!!: acting sheriff. We don't know if they filled 'i'::,! the vacancy or not.'" Q In answer to the reporter's question. "Is !:' there actually a county seat in that little county' of Clickitat?", the official replied. "Yes in Rockland The courthouse is a shack 16 x 24 with four small windows and one door. and it's rented for $8 a month, so it's official, atright. But those darned independent settlers won't pay the back taxes of $67 for their share in territorial governmental costs.'" The House took action last weekend on the prhnary bills ofthe session--the eliminates pr0)erty tax financing of. supplemental budget and tax reform. special school levies, eliminates the sales Previously they have dealt with the tax on food and prescription drugs, -.  He reported that previous attempts over including a.n income tax. The proposa[ the years to force an organization in the subject of "Washington Future." The only other major piece of business for this session is to finish redistricting. I think we will finish close to the 40-day mark with the really necessary things done. That would be this weekend. TAX REFORM: The session's longest day ended at 11 p.m. Friday when the House voted 74 to 24to let the people vote on a completely new state tax structure, .BAUERI REPORTS I tran t woa [ State Lemtm | The 1972 legislative special session, so far right on schedule in its drive toward adjournment within 40 days, faced another deadline this weekend with the time limit for considering all general legislation in either house running out at 6 p.m. Saturday. The pace of this session has been such that members and staff have had only one weekend off since its opening early last month. The best news from Olympia this week, at least for hard-pressed property tax- payers, was the ruling of the state Supreme Court that provisions for rolling taxes back to count-wide levels where assessment increases are more than ten per cent are constitutional. The ruling will save state taxpayers nearly $44 million dollars during the next biennium° ac- cording to Department of Revenue estimates. The court's ruling restores a major protective section of the tax relief bill passed last year. The Viet Nam veterans' bonus bill. which failed to pass at the last two legislative sessions, was approved by the H this week. Proponents of the bill pointed out that the state cigarette tax was first imposed to pay such bonuses to World War II veterans, that Korean veterans \\;.were alsogiven bonuses, and that the wide unpopularity of'the Viet Nam war should not reflect against the young men required to fight in southeast Asia. Unlike past bonuses, this one applies only to those who actually served overseas and received the Viet Nam medal. THE 60LBEIIDALE SEIITII00L Published every 'fllursday at 117 w. Main Gotdemle, W 9E Phone 59-773-4212 F_,stished tial, city, county F.,nteced s Secoad Clsm gsU uml Act of Cgress Mm'ch 3, llfft c. z. my, p.bUsher C. A. Rice, Ixm. mlr. Subs¢flption rate $4 yeas', | )m $11  rm= .po. r eliminates the inventory tax. deducts the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax from the income tax for corporations tin effect eliminating it in most cases), and puts firm constitutional limits on all kinds of taxes, including a 6z per cent ceiling on the highest prsonal graduated income tax bracket and a 12 per cent limit on the flat-rate corporate income tax. The bill also changes farm property-tax assessments to base them on productivity instead of inflated market value. THE BUDGET: With an eye to the state's economic difficulties, the House chose to do everything possible to help create new jobs and provide maximum social services without raising taxes. Several optional programs were added to the budget bill, including a scaled-down version of the Governor's "Jobs Now" public works plan, to use any revenue the state receives above current estimates. The supplemental budget provides $85.4 million, plus up to $20 million for "Jobs Now" ff funds are available. Both [rouses passed a flurry of bills Friday and Saturday, final days for each house to work on the other's bills--except for taxes, budgets, redistricting, and conference issues. With amendments flying freely, each house worked over the other's measures. Among .those passed by the House were the Regional Economic Development Authbrity establishing a board of trustees for the deaf schools, elimination of telephone service frauds (the "Blue Box" problem), the personal use salmon license, plus a large group of agreed-on measures. Both houses still hope to complete their work this weekend, but are prepared to go to February 25. county had failed. ','A teeble atnt was made to tax the people, but a man flamed Reuben Booten was believed to have run off with what little money they had. We sent a man down from Olympia to examine their records. You wouldn't believe it! Their 'safe" was an old steamer trunk with no lock. and it was merely filled with letters from distressed Olympia officials telling them to shape up. "° The sparsely-settled county just had its boundaries changed by the recent legislative act of January 28. Appointed, without vote of the people, were Schuster° McNary and Stark. "'Since their appointment, we have heard nothing and received no tax money. They say they resent our organizing a county and levying taxes without their vote. What do those darned settlers think they're doing, reenacting the Boston Tea Party?" the official exploded. ROCKLAND. CLICKITAT COUNTY. W.T. 1867: With smoke coming from more and more cabins in the county, a few settlers are urging some local government and participation in territorial govern- ment: however the majority of settlers claim the county was formed arbitrarily without a vote of its citizens, and have urged upon its newly-appointed com- missioners a "do-nothing'" policy regarding paying taxes to Olympia. "We'll never see Olympia anyway," reported one of the commissioners, "and nobody from there ever comes down here, so what difference does it make?" OLYMPIA, W.T. 1867: Charginned and alarmed Clickitat County officials are enroute by horseback cavalcade over Snequalmie Pass to answer charges in Olympia of failure to perform their duties. The men are in custody of a government agent who astounded them when he presented warrants for their arrests. OLYMPIA° W.T., 1867: The now-famed reluctant officials of Clickitat County arrived here yesterday, fatigued and dirty, and expected to be taken im- mediately to jail. They were surprised to be taken instead to a comfortable hotel for the night and were given excellent meals in the elegant dining room. This morning they were removed to the judge's chambers. Fearing a stiff sentence, they were further surprised to find a very kind judge sitting in front of an enormous American flag. He gave the men a lecture on the United States Constitution and their patriotic duties. The judge continued the case, saying they were free to go home but on condition that they start organizing the county immediately and that taxes must be paid. ROCKLAND, W.T., June, 1867: Jubilant county officials, elated with their unex- pected freedom, returned here today from their chastisement in Olympia, rolled up their sleeves, and announced the first election of county officers will be held this June. Furthermore. they stated there will be no more dillydallying about paying taxes. ROCKLAND, W.T., June° 1867: Com- plete election returns from the three precincts in the county ¢Rockland, Blockhouse and Clickitat Creek) show the following county commissioners elected: Amos Stark, Hugh McNary and Thomas Chambers. August Schuster received 43 votes to become the first sheriff. He stated that law and order was not so much a problem, and that he would devote most of his time to collecting taxes. Tax paying in this rural area has been frowned upon up to now by the settlers. The popular 240-pound Schuster expects no trouble. "Who knows, there's such a thing in the future as perhaps even high- er taxes yet!" he shuddered. GOLDENDALE. KLICKITAT COUNTY, WA. Feb. 16, 1972: "My great grandfather would roll over in his grave if he had to collect today's taxes!" mused County Commissioner Cecil Schuster, 105 Years later. 10 Years Ago--1962 Claire Bishop was crowned Saturday Beta Eta sweetheart of 1962. Wade Flock is second in district basketball scoring with a 21-point-a-game average. Chris Neils of Klickitat has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. 20 Years Ago--1952 The "earthquake" Friday morning at the Lloyd Early residence turned out to be a truck overturned in their yard. No rabies has yet been found in the dogs which bit 13 Bingen children last Thurs- day. 30 Years Ago--I942 Harold Hill recently completed his civilian pilot's training course at WSC. AI Jacroux of Goldendale has enlisted in the U. S. Marines. A truckload of mule deer was released near Wahkiacus recently. 40 Years Ago--1932 Harvey Freer and family arrived yesterday from California and will make their home here for a time. A loaded stick of stove wood came close to causing a riot in the Dressel pool hall Monday when the top of the stove was blown off. Rhode Island red chicks were ad- vertised for 12 cents each. 50 Years Ago--1922 The county commissioners, at their last session, reduced the per diem of road supervisors to $5.00. W. O. Geschwint. J. R. Robinson and M. H. Mallery, all of the Firwood section, were in Vancouver last week. Geschwint made final proof of his homestead claim and the other two men were witnesses. Constance Talmadge is appearing at The Star Theater in "Mama's Affair." 75 Years Ago--1897 Born at Goudnee Hills recently to the wife of Stanton Becks, a son. A daughter arrived at the home of Win. Cahill and wife of this city, last Friday. Born, at Centerville, February 11, to the wife of Tomas Crafton, a daughter. IRS MAN TO BE HERE An Internal Revenue agent will be available at the Klickitat County Court- house in C-oldendale from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Friday, February 25, to assist taxpayers with the preparation of their 1971 federal income tax returns, according to Jim Gilmore, Yakima representative of the district director. Sentinel has office supplies. Speed tests check special delivery Something new in the U. S mails was announced in Goldendale last week by Postmaster Mike Montanye. It's a 0-day initial test of a system to speed up Special Delivery letters and packages. "The need for the program, which will visibly separate Special Delivery mail from other mail as it moves between post offices, has been indicated by special test mailings," Montanye said. Special Delivery letters and parcels in the entire U. S. Postal Service's Western Region will now be enclo in tran- sparent plastic bags imprinted with the word "Speedy" in large green letters. This new identification will prevent Special Delivery pieces from being overlooked or intermixed with regular first-class mail at receiving stations. The new operation will be evaluated on a daily basis hy test mailings • 00ITOL • In the hectic last hours before the cutoff of each House considering the other's bills, it sometimes becomes necessary to improvise. When it became evident that because of the "'log jam" of bills in Rules that the snowmobile legislation was in danger, I hooked my bill on to the all- terrain vehicle bill and made a package deal of it. House Bill 413, the measure that would give school directors liability protection from harassment suits, has also passed the Senate and is awaiting the governor's signature. House Bill 8, our answer to Oregon's blackmail attempt on the income tax paid by out-of-state workers, has also passed the Senate. A major breakthrough in taxing agricultural lands has been made by the Senate in legislation placing tax levels on a productive value basis. Farmers just aren't going to be able to stay in business if property taxes on the present basis of comparable sales are continued. Ex- tensive hearings were conducted on what is known as the Colorado plan. In effect, the Open extended to will create sim taxing the land and farm, timber and definition which are in actual immediate can be made by the t have eliminated classification. charging a flat fee space applications, barrier to many merit. bill will be effective payable in 1974. measure which will be Election Ballot is amendment to place and fail value level An attem Senate to hold the "hostage" to attach tax reform package. governor did this and fair value bill a To the Editor: Speaking directly in reference to Dr. Case's letter quoted in your last issue, I would note that immediately after receiving his call on February 4, I contact- ed the mayor and the chairman of the utilities committee of the City Council and advised them of the situation. While the call from Dr. Case was my first knowledge of this situation, I found that the mayor and members of the council were aware of the situation and were working to get the same corrected. At the council meeting, this matter was brought up as a regular item of business and the council made the determination to proceed as I had suggested to Dr. Case that they would. I would further note that when members of the council were stating they had not been called by Dr. Case, I stated "I was called." I can only believe that for me to have made a statement after the council had already made the determination to proceed in the manner I had suggested, such comment would only be redundant and of little worth, except for the fact that Dr. Case apparently holds my opinion and authority as city attorney in such high esteem. In view of the fact that by virture of the contract between the City of Goldendale and the Southwest Washington Health District, Dr. Case is the ex-officio health officer for the City of Goldendale, I wonder why he did not deem the matter of such importance to require him, in discharge of his duties as officer of the city, to appear before the council in person and render his expert advice on the situation. Apparently he considers his only responsibility to the city to be one of waiting until the city has a problem, and then report the same to state or demand corrective action as an agent of the state. If this is the case, then I believe that some members of the council are correct in questioning the need for the contract with the health district and the attendant expense. Edward B. Shamek City Attorney To the Editor: Referring to your editorial in the February I0 Sentinel, I want to com- pliment you. As usual you present the facts in a very unbiased manner, careful not to incriminate. However, several questions have been asked, regarding the audits in question. Some are as follows: (I) What are the charges made, if any, to the city for an- nual audits? t2) What period was covered by the last annual audit? (3) What are the charges made to the city for the first special audit, called for after the discrepancy was identified with the "business license"? (4) What was the summation of this report? t5) What are the charges made to the city for the second special audit? (6) How much time was spent by the new city clerk in looking for the discrepancies, or was it found in the normal course of duty? (7) How much time of the city office employees, in- cluding the city treasurer, was spent assisting with the special audits? €8) What would be the cost to the city for a special audit of the 10 year period said coun- cilwoman was city clerk? (9) Has this amount been included in the budget? (10) Wig the bonding company pay for "errors"? This information should be made public. Jeannette James EDIT. NOTE: We will endeavor to locate, and publish, these answers as soon as possible. However, it is our un- derstanding that the last regular audit, made last spring, was for 1969-70; to our knowledge only one special audit was -made and our copy contains no "sum- mation"; questions about costs of regular audits are academic since they are required by state law. defeat we lost the tax values. The next now (Saturda, in the press, will be Sponsored as a I in e conflict in special Pioneer Title Insul Po.e Kno Funeral THURSDAY, P.T.C., Primary Woman's Assoc., Glenwood Grange Blue Lodge of St. Citizem Cent. Grange TacO Centennial FRIDAY, Auto license SATURDAY, Cohmzbia Grange Shrine game at FFA-Businessmen's GdL Grange Card SUNDAY, Reception for MONDAY, uner. Legion Head Start Adv. 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