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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 9, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta TMUnSDAY. MAY 9, 1918 Trrr? lethbridge daily herald page SEmn Mr. Marnoch Replies to Mayor Hardie on Taxes In an interview lo Uio Ilnrald rc-Knrdliiff Mayor Manllo'H anBwar to liln nrtiolti on "Tiixos and tUo Tax Salo," O. H. Marnoch auitl: It la hardly nocosaary to reply to tlio Mayor's roninrks insotar as thoso am dlrectod to poraonalltles. , When facts and principles are r^.1�'o"Bht undor consldprallon. hownvor, I ' U may ho posHlblo to carry tartUor an (Mlucatlvo rilBctiBBlon. Quoting from tho Mayov'R loiter: "Tho facts arc that It Leth-l)rlrtEo had forced a tax sale many worlliy cltlzoUH would have hoeii driven.from thoir honioH who aro now rortoemlni; tholr property Rvnn boforo It la up for sain." but for the fact that thrtsn proporties aro now being redeemed It mlRht have been Intorusting (o contrust tlio total amount so owed, with tho total anio\int owing upon vacant proportios bnuisht obviouBly for speculation. Ao It Is, tlio tax sale will disclose tho latter figure as It atunds to/the end of iniB, The J\tayor goes on to say: "Some cities In Saskat<,nnwan, notably MooBO .Taw and Saskatoon, because of tho government la:^ ontorcomout law and purllcu-lariy proaporouB crop conditions have done better than cities in the woat." Crop Results If Lothbridga is not at least ^lth Mooso Jaw and Saskatoon In tho matter of good crops, we havo boon badly tooled with figuros of crop production and bank cloarinRS. In regard to the tax onforcomnnt law, the suggestion was made In my little article that It would he well to have our system altered so that properly upon which taxes had not been paid within reasonable timo should be bvouglil automatically Intp the hands of tho city ilRolf. This ilhen would put Loth bridge fiirthfir on a parity with those favored Saakatchewan dlles. I]y this niouns also nil possibility of individuals being uenlt harshly with by private buyers would bo avoided, and discretion In such cases would ho exorcised by tho city fatheis themselves. Tho Mayor holds (hat it .d good iiol-Icy to linvo monies owing to the sinking funds roprosonted by lists of \in-colloctort taxes. There is iiore a contradiction In torniB. TJncoUactod taxes are NOT monies; that is the point. It Old not take the School Boards long to discover that they could not ))ay the school teachers and the coal bills with the city's' uncollected taxes. Lot uii try to understand the situation by a parallel In ordinary buslnosB. Jones tho lawyer glve^sjiidvIcQ but does not collect his feoB. Ho goes home to bis wife, who aaUs money for houseUeoidng; he tells her 'don't worry about that, I have fees coming, and they are bearing good Interest.' "Yes, but" she says, "the grocer and tho milkman say they ijiiisl have their money." "Ob, toll them they will gel tboir money, with interest all right." Slie tolls tho ffrocer so. "That .sounds all right," he Says, "but tho wholesaler says he must have his' money," And the lawyer says "What a tool tho man Is; doe.^n't he realise that his money is all right and bearing interest?" Where We Will Come To. By such methods as (hose we shall prosonlly arrive at that liighwator mark of financial ability displayed by the natives of tho Sdlly Islands, who are said to "eke out a precarious existence by taking In each other's wusli-Ing." it wo are lo proceed with the