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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 7, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta TUESDAY, MAY 7, 1918 TIIE LETHBniDGE DAiLY IIEnALD ^AGENINK Mayor Hardie on Tax Sale To tlie Editor ot the Herald, Dew air: Mr. Marnocli'a "Taxes anil 'I^x Sftle," If It does anyUiing, �how8 lack ot charity and consequently has bccomo as "Sounding brass and llnkllng cymbal." It breathes throufh-oiit the spirit of "to h-with tlio lioraon who c^not pay his taxes, no mutter what the reason may bo;.he tliuuld not have ntt'empterl to have pioporty and It he cannot pay the taxes It should bo tftlren. from him without further consldoratlon." This Is not good business, even when the. Al-iniehly dollar is'the controlling spirit 01 sordid fnlnds. 1 need not doiuon-sltiUn this, It In too patent. Mr. Marnoch, evidently. In a Ifbor-o(J way, atarts to prove that 'Iplgs is pigs." He iB also evidently afraid tliiit the tax sale will bo a ."tnccess bo-cause He has used every fnilaclous, argument.possible to make It a ifailuro. lie hn.� tried to point out every weakness without showing any ot tli6 good phases and extonuiUlns circumatnn-coa._;' y ..... � : No Burden To Othci'S. llu seeiHS to ho very tearful that he is paying. oB helping to pay some other person's taxes. I ma"y at once relieve him of thl3 fear. The Interest on any money that is borrowed against ric-Ilnquunt taxes^^ls paid by th? dalln-quent,!arid not-a coAt ot it by the one wiio pays up his taxes regularly. , He Is afraid that the subdivision will be u burden' on him because it was not distrained up'gn* rfohi?) llniBngo. Mucli of the.stuff-U-proloctod, by the moratorium but I- omi give him a reasonable asBuranoo none of It is at. all liable to be much of a burden upon him. ..... - -  - Any.way, al-.thevery worst, as a result ot.tlie non-appllpatlon of dislrainl as far as It might have been applied, the Uaina.ge to .Mr. Ilarnoch's pocket-book wlIHje-^ limall that in his pros-Ijerlty coiiipacc^l with the other 'fellow's adverfflty, hb will never miss It; his charity will be compulsory, but it Is well sometimes to make the heartless bear his proper portion ot the white man's burden. � City Does. Not Pay. The city is not paying the cost ot tlie tax sale. : The delinquent tax payor does that excepting In the case whore the property falls to the city, (Mr. Marnoch Is tr>'l"g to force a lot of It to the" city) and oven then In every case It will get a valuable asset lor its investment. But the city does not want propsrty,- no matter, how good the bargain. It is not in" the realty business for gain. .Mr. Marnoch finds fault with the council or others-tor "not getting tho charter amended so that title can be had jit an early date.  Well ho must blame tho legislature for that. Wo and other cities were to ask for this but were staved off by tho promise of a general tax enactment at the last session. Tho provincial government was dissolved without Implementing this understanding' because there was a powerful oppos-ltion. Do not forget, Mr. Marnoch, that there is always the other follow with Ideas that may not concur with yours and he may bo a � bit stronger In 'the' battlo than you. I find it very often so. Wo did not have to cut down on es-sentliii sei"vicBS because of tho non-])uynient csf taxes, but because in the larger sense the fiurden of taxation was too heavy to carry, not only at tho period ot deliiiauency but at all times, anH the economy will have to bo continued in that respect for many years to come if disaster is to be avoided. Too Optimistic, The one dread of my official conscience Is that our people may get too optimistic about the future and again spend money too freely on what might be considered essentials. In my judgment any increaso In debt for years to come should be in a public utility Uiat will make money for the "city over Its running and overhead expenses. Medicine Hat at one time was as badly off in the financial sense as any city in Western Canada but, on account of Its profit making utility In the shape of gas, will redeem itself yeara before other ditlcs even begin to *9el, comfortable. It Is the case of tjie prosperous end holding up the lOHtne end as Is often the case In ljualnees life. "Mr. Marnoch would laugh to scorn the ctfmbttied wlsdoin of all tho municipal men from (Winnipeg to Victoria. Every one ot the western cities found it impossible to force tax collection for a period of years from tlielr embarrassed ' citizens without ruining them and doing.tho city almost Irre-, parable dainage. Driven From' Homes. The facts are that It^ Lethbridge 3iad forced "a-tax- ealo many worthy citizens would hdve been driven from their homes who are now redeeming tlioir property oven befor.o It Is up for sale. This does not apply to lethbridge alone, hUt to all westonij cities. Some cilties In Saskatchewan, notably Moose Jaw and Saskatoon, because of the government tax enforcement, law and particularly prosperous crop'conditions have done better than most cities Jill the west. ' Kvon, however, In Saskatchewan, tho tax enforcement law has had to he uiodKIed and the period of redemption put back to practically where it was before, because the other cities did not have the same conditions to hi\p tliom that ,^tho. two cities mentioned above had' Due Sinking Fund. Tho Bjoney outstanding In unnol-locted twees is i)rinolpally niorifty due the sinking fund. If tho advice given nio by inopy of tlte best financial men ,ln Can,a4a to buy our own city debentures, Is good, then It must be vei-y good policy to have sinking tuiid moneys In �unoollentod taxes where the security la maJlKoldi v^For i^xample If tho money had been paid into the sinking tuna It, woul^ be Impossible to lend it out on * t^n fold security such 19 lt|i Jo. uncollected t!axes. Where else doul4 yoi) get a teti tbop-and dolliir'#ei!)ir|ty,for a one thou-and doli�r l