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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1946 THE HERALD'S CITY NEWS PAGE PAGE SEVEN Rate For Special After Dance Tonight Council At 39 Mills Lethbriifee's IMC frvreiij tax rate was fixed Monday titoing at 39 mills city purposes and 29 for school pur- poses. This rate is two milte higher thac that levied in IMS and with the exception of the past four >cars is the lowest since 1920. The tax rate tras fixed after aldermen, unanimous ap- proval to the budget submitted b> City Manager J- T. Watson. Be estimated revenue for the city and schools at S727.19L3S and expenditures at leaving an estimated surplus of S6.98SJZS. Last year the actual surplus vias in the neigSiborhooj of and due entirely to the ex- ceptionally profits of the slec- trie liaht department, stated Mr. Watson. He explained that, while he had made provision in his 1945 es- timates for this utility to provide 555.000 lor the general relief of taxation, its higher profits enabled him to give the city general fund S139.934.44 of the orofits. From Utilities This year Mr. Watsoa is counting on the "electric utility to contribute towards the relief of taxa- tion, and on the waterworks de- partment for S25.000. "With the exception of the past tiro the rate was 18 tax rate for city purposes is the lowest since at leass and is more than 10 nulls below the 1S20 neak of 2S65 mills. The rate for schools is also a rail! higher than last year and is a :so the fourth highest rate in the history of Lethbndge. The only times'the mill rate for schools was higher was in 1929 at 20.80 mills, in 1930 at 2055 and in 1931 at 20.42. In addition to the rate to be levied for the city and schools. 2.70 milts musD be imposed against land this 'year to collect the social service tax of S10.500 for the pro- vincial government. In presenting bis budget. Mr. AYaison included the accom- pany in? table of estimated ex- pendilures and credits and es- timated total citv expenditures at S466.677.17, those of the pub- lic schools at and those- of the separate schools at S36.27S.03. Sources, of Revenue He estimated thac ttie tax lexy lor schools would bring in the exact sums required for expenditures, while In the case of the city he counted on property taxes to i duce business taxes t 464180, finance credits city rentals Sl.OOO, tax penalties S300 license fees and service tax SKMKK) electric department contributior waterworks department contribution S25.000 and property owners' share of local irenrovenieBts The live assessment for city pur- poses is estimated at S12.495.745. The reason for the larger sums required by various departments is that they have larger staffs to handle the increased volume of work and also thac assistants have been appointed to the city's top execu- tives. In the case of the fire depart- ment, a three-platoon system re- placed the two-platoon system a the beginning of this year. Increases for various departments amount; to while decreas- es amount, to leaving a net total increase in expenses for the city of S45.S47.05. Airport Debt Paid The Item of expenditures for air- port operation is missing from, the budgSL tills vear by virtue of the fact that the debt of out- standing against the airport lasl year was wiped out in one paymeni to end the practise of paying annually. llr. "Wafeoa explained he was no overly anxious to obligate the elec- tric utiliry to the extent of for the relief of taxation as there vras always the danger of a serious breakdown in the power plant. Add- ing that one mill in the'tax rate is represented by about hi stated- "If it was not for the pro- fits of ths electric department, pro- perty Ovmers of this city would no be able to pay the necessary taxes.' He added that the electric utiliti BOW has a reserve fund of snd the waterworks departraen' S61.000 but that much of the latter fund will be spent soon. Answering a suggestion that the mill rate be not increased. Aid. Ed- ward Castles replied: "The day is coming when we will have to borrow a lot of money for proposed works and the day is also coming when the tax rate may go higher ant people win not be able to pay therr We should take advantage of the present by putting what we can into reserve funds." Aid. Dr. T. E. Brown explained he would not wish to increase taxes in a manner which would discour- age industries from coming to Leth- bndge. Ironical Situation Mayor A. W. Shackleford felt. It was most unfortunate that, "our null rate has been the highest at the depths of depression and the lowest in times of prosperity and -a'hen the ability to pay was at, its best." Be- .ween 1931 and 1938. the null rate 3S.23 mills in 1944. Mr. Watson explained that his observations during nearly 18 years as city manager had proven "every time there is an increase in the mUi rate the percentage of tax collec- tions go dOTJrn." Last >ear. he added, only 89 per cent of the current levy 'or city and school purposes ranged was paid. jetween 42J96 and 4635 mills, while j Following is the summary of es- during the past fhe the peak J tiraated expenditures and credits in- tras 3930 mills in 1941 and the eluded in Mr. Waison's 1946 budget: IMC ESTIMATES 1945 1945 1946 Expenditures Estimates Sundry 45.620.78 Grants.............................. 3.090.00 357051 Publicity. Board of Trade 1.800JOO Public Lavatory 600.00 698.91 Health Department 5.776J34 Isolation Hospital 2.421.43 Police Department Fire Department...................... 55.500.00 57.07030 Children's Welfare 3.0DOOO 1307.78 Assessment Department Public Works 111.12150 Parks Department 28.000.00 License fees and rental tax expense 3.477.00 Airport (Old and New) 14.322.04 6370.00 1300.00 7.65354 3.908.00 38300.00 73.185.00 10.000.00 City Manajer J. T. Watson announced two special will operate to take citizens home the dance being staged at the Arena this, Tuesday, ereninc by the Lethbridge JLOJDJE. chapters with the orchestra of Spike Jones. Ths two special buses will leave the arena at 1 aaau, one joJne Jitrth Lethbridse the street car route, and the other about the south side on Xo. 1 tats route. Province to Improve Airport Road This Year and Hard Surface In 1947 worries over hav- ing the highway to Kenyon field improved and hard sur- faced axe runwajs at the air base are extended west- ward rather than eastward and the provincial government ful- fills the promise given to Aid. J. A. Jardine and President Charles Bryant of the Leth- bridge Board of Trade last week by Hon. IV. A. Fallow, minister public works and highways. That iras the prospect held out to the city council Monday evening as Aid. Jardine reported on the con- ference he and Mr. Brjant had in Edmonton witu Mr fallow m an! Fallow, civic official effort to secure hard surfacing of) given to understand Srtfftttli the rirnvinMa! section! Held runways are Total Less Credits (as below) 193.978.40 Total "City General" Levy Debit. Sundry Debit or 1.300.00 Business Taxes City Rentals l.OOO.M Tax Penalties 600.00 72332 License Fees and Service Taxes...... 10.405.75 Electric Department Surplus 139534.44 Waterworks Department Surplus 25.00000 25.000.00 Street Railway and Bus Surplus..... 10.000.00 1.684.83- 14.000.00 44205.45 30000 Total Credits SUMMARY City General Levy (as above) Debenture Interest and Sinking "Fund 47.757.30 Mothers' Allowance Old Age Pensions Gait Hospital Relief............................. Public Library 9.000.00 Contingencies 4.717.88 Comfort Station j the provincial government's section j of the highway. A fortnrght earher council had j decided to hard surface the city's 216 section of the highwaj this year, hoping that the provincial govern- ment would treat section simi- larly. CouncU wen: further Monday evening by authorizing Man- ager J. T. Watson to hard surface the highway from 14th Street and Third Avenue South near the "Y" j at the eastern entrance to the city.! _______ to Seventh Avenue as ueU as thej u-j stretch it had authorized soutn of Seventh Avenue previously. Is was decided to hard surface the section between the "T" and Henderson Park in an endeavor to divert the traffic of trucks from the residen- tial areas. Aid. Jardine reported that Mr. Fallow was under the impression that the department of uansporr planned to extend the runways in 3 800 00 KenJ'on Field eastward and he tad i'cnn'nn consequently had a new road sur- veyed southward, about a sule east of the present airport highway. Thss would have meanc the new highway would be a niile east of the airpors entrance. Fallow Agreeable Aid. Jardine added that when he told Mr. Fallow that the eitT might be able to the department of transport to extend the runways westward, the minister of highways agreed leave the south-bound high- way along its present route and promised that if the eitT were successful "well improve the highway and do it this year. We'll widen the bridge over the Six-Mile Coulee and hard sar- face the hiihwaj next year." Since the conference with Mr. ifficials have been thai Kenvon be extended westwards but, they are going so definite assurance of this from department of transport before Architect Busy, Hans Delayed No construction activity OB he expected in the civic centre for at least some months be- cause of delays in completing: architect plans, aldermen learn- ed with considerable disappoint- ment Monday evening. No Immediate Change In Cattle Prices Likely, George Ross' View George Boss, South Alberta rancner who is a member of the western section of the Canadian beef council, returned Monday from Ottawa where he attended a meet- ing of the council and the meat. prices board with Us beef advisory board rflMfU said Monday. A spokesman said the board told the cosiEiiu.ee, made tip of beef section of tee Wartime Prices and 1 producers, tSsir information Trade Board 3as; week- Mr. Ross was no; hopeful of any change in the price se> lie After receiving tne thev agreed uwsmmBly thai the for se estv's architect be asied to speed up production of plans and ll lions for the proposed workand to 5s to do -his s' S board to do aeip >o co celling COlces OST hves.ock and meat, prids in U-S-." plained t edov Aid. He said tha; producers at the R. J Kitson assiag: are ire meting gave their views on the coming aton? problem raised by the action of :he w b- concerns a month ago tsey announced that they t plans for tha-. swim- xould ao; pav more than the eel- JSS POO! vlKca is planned that he had fed expensive gram ail woaid receive "careful considera- tion." Butchers TORONTO. May butcher admitted So J. D. JfeXizh, royal commissioner probing the situation ui Toronto, that had been asked to pay over pnces for mea; supplied b-r packers. Bus- eUier retailers on the stand Monday deiied they had ever received such requests- Ana all nire denied ever having actually paid over ceiling pnces lor wholesale meat. Edward Secor admitted he" Sad been asked to pay prices and was questioned about a statement given the prices board of Josepi lid. He before the could have plans and spec: ready for the city hall alone. More tirce would then be lost in caitag of the butchers been j for tenders and getting work under- way. Random Rhymes _By CHRIS CASUAL S 47.757J30 3.107 75 4.26243 1258652 743.64 4138900 15.000.00 18.157.00 10.350.00 Total Levy for City Public School Demand Interest on City Advances Public School Contingencies 756.39 Share of Company Taxes to Separate Schools Separate School Levy 30.570.21 7.250.00 Total School SOCIAL SERVICE Provincial Gavt. Social Service Tax 10.50000 S P at thp fair Sparrows at. the city hall! In a housing shortage Birds have something on the ball. Pigeons bully workmen. Try their best to cnase them out Sparrows keep on doing Things one doesn't talk about. But you mustn't shoot In the town, a; any rate. Or the morn will fmd you Up before the magistrate. If they are veracious. All those tales we've lately heard, There's a slight suspicion Someone's giving us the bird. AIR CADET INSPECTION architect of .ar.ce the ceiling for selling at over ceiling aficatwns established, and urged thas ad- aad claimed they jusanents be made :f production a oeea of "mistakes." to be kept at a high level. Ottawa Report OTTAWA. May tions regarding changes in beefj cattle pnces were put forward last i week at a regular meeting of the j Lethbridge Squadron No. II. Air Cadets of Canada, will undergo their first post-war inspection on Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock at Kenvon airport. Squadron Leader TncKett. commanding Xo. 1 HJELM U.. will be the respecting offi- cer. Parents of the cadets and the general public are invited to at- tend. The inspection will take place on the parade ground. The public is invited to inspect the new quar- ters of the Air Cadecs at the air station, and tea will be served there following the inspection. A. N. VETS General Meeting ARMY AND NAVY CLUB ROOMS WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 AT P.M. Nothing is so soothing to baby's skin after a bath as this fine oil and powder. Get large economy sizes and save. DRUG STORES 331 5th St. S. Phone 2205 414 13th St. N. Phone 3445 Mortage Loans Easily Arranged 3owrnan Agency Insurance, Real Estate, Rentals R Wednesday At Music Festival Morning aad afternoon sessions Wednesday of the ilusical Festival will be held at Southminster and Baptist churches and the evening session at Southrmnster. Wednes- day morning at solos, city schools; girls solos, under 12; ladies trio; violin, under 13; open and senior sight singing. After- and girl duets, under 13: girls solos, division 3, city schools: violin, under 15; boy and girl duet, under 16. rnom- ing: Piano, under 12; girls solo, under 15: special Medicine Hat high school chorus: mala quartette; tenor solos, under 19; mezzo soprano: girls trio, under 18. After- noon: Contralto and baritone duet; mezzo soprano, under 22; contralto, under 19 and under 22; junior vocal ensemble: violin and piano sonata: lyric soprano; dramatic soprano; boys' chorus; tenor solos; mezzo soprano; Sunday School chorus. Wednesday night: Senior cuo competition; piano solo, open; female choruses; oratorio classes including soprano or mezzo and I contralto; tenor; violin, onen; operatic classes, open. Boost Pay Of City Treasurer Lethbridge's citv treasurer, T. H. Jleetwood. is going to be better paid in future, council unanimously agreed Monday evening to increase his monthly salary from 4265 to S300 with the beginiung of this month. The salary boost was authorized after aldermen were told that Lethbridge's city treasurer had been receiving a smaller salary than officials in a similar capacity in, municipalities not- as large as this j city. j Reporting for a committee which had been appointed to consider the' treasurer's salary. Aid. Edward Castles explained: "It was decided after considerable thought that the position of city treasurer is very important and should not be below j any city of our size and import- j ance. We found that our city j treasurer was being paid far below j some cities of lesser populations than our's, including Medicine Hat." i "Our city treasurer is a verr good man and has been doing a very fine j job, but he has been underpaid far i too long." added Mavor A. W. ShacSleford. FOR PROEPT AND COURTEOUS SERVICE Phone Roy's Delivery at 3959 and All Ijght Tracking Roy Westman and Bill Warren, Re-Built Engine Block Assemblies Ford A. 192S-31 Ford B, Ford n.p. Ford VS. h-p. Dodge, 1934-42 Plymouth. 1934-43 Pontiac, 1926-31 Chevrolet, 1928. 4 cvL Chevrolet. 1937-41 MCLAUGHLIN GARAGE and Auto Wreckers STEP LADDERS 6-foot 7-foot Morris Barrett HAXDWAKZ Values of bafldinf properties, household effects. etc_ bare to- creased considerably. We recom- mend that yon review the Df insurance JOU cmrrrinj. Be Wise-Insure With B.P. INSUL-BRIC SIDING AND ASPHALT SHINGLES GOOD STOCKS ON HAND FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY LET US HAVE OUR EXPERT APPLICATORS CALL ON YOU AND GIVE YOU A PRICE ON YOUR REQUIREMENTS Advance Lumber Co. Ltd, tETHBRIDGE YARDS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA PHO-VE 2063 At the Theatres Complete shows: 4 30; "Leave Her to "Idea 10.33. Last complete show at News, "Stranger From Santa 8.55. 7.03; 9.53. "Picture Windows" This is a taken from a home-site now available at Parkside Dri'.e. Don't, be satisfied with iesn. You may select your site now and build your home now or from r-oir, just you please. Re-member there are only a few suca sites and when they are gone, thej're gone. Might be wise to gel one now. RALPH A. THRALL A. G. VIRTUE OWNERS. TOMORROW MARQUIS HOTEL at 4 p.m. OPEN CONVENTION and Annual Meeting Lethbridge Federal Progressive Conservative Association FREE TIRE INSPECTION AVOID SLOW IX SERVICE We will examine your tires, remove cafls. glass, etc. Trimbles for Tires 318 Eleventh St. S. Phone 20T7 s PE [RVICE ISONNEL And Their Wives Are invited to meet representa- tives of our committee at the Y.M.C.A- any Thursday between the hours of 8 "and pii. Our committee will be glad to help you In any way possible. Lethbridge Rehabilitation Committee STOKES DRUG CO., LTD. PHONE 24S7 HJKIH. STREET S. Featured at ROYAL YORK HOTEL, TORONTO For 8 years, and also at BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL, HAMILTON BRANT INN, ROYAL MUSKOKA, AND OTHER FAMOUS RESORTS Dress Optional TRIANON Thursday, May 23 Admission Per Person (TAX EXTRA) Lucky Lethbridge... Nowhere else have fans been able to hear Horace tapp for less than our admission 1EWSP4PERS ;