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The Kadoka Press (Newspaper) - November 4, 1910, Kadoka, South Dakotav '™' • THE KADOKA PRESS. VOLUME 111 Short Review of Facts About Jackson and Sterling Counties. So far as we have been able to learn but few objections have been advanc- ed throughout the entire campaign against the establishing of Jackson and Sterling counties. The first is that Jackson and Ster- ling counties are too small and do not include enough territory and that in Jackson county there is too much Bad Lands. We find that east of the Missouri river in this state there are forty-four counties of the same size or smaller than these proposed new coun- ties and in the entire state of lowa there are but two counties larger than Jackson or Sterling. As for the am- ount of Bad Lands in this county the best argument is the assessed valua- tion of different townships. Belvidere township, recognized as one of the best townships in the entire county of Stanley has an assessed valuation at $271,198, while Interior township, in the very heart of the Bad Lands has a valuation of §276,842, or over $5,000 greater valuation than has the Belvidere township. This is proof alone that the Bad L ands would not be such a drag upon the new county as some would like to make you think. In this connection it is also interest- ing to note that Jackson county don- tains 515,520 acres of laud and on the first of May, 1910 there was only 295,- 759 acres of it on which final proof had been made about 57 per cent. —a little over one-half of the land of Jackson co. was proved up and assess- ed for this year yet we have a valua- tion of $2,033,7:15, of which $1,171,507 is real estate. With the other 43 per cent of the land placed upon the tax lists the real estate valuation would be increased to over two millions, to say nothing of the personal property that willbe added. With the present valuation of $2,033,735 and the in- creace over 1909 it is very easy to be- lieve that next year our assessed val- uation will be eofisider ibie oVer two and a half millions dollars. In the matter of indebtedness Jack* son co. would indeed get off lucky. We would be called upon to assume a warrant indebtedness of $33,000 >iijy(alhst which we would receive $15,- 000 in uncollected tax, leaving the amount of indebtedness necessary for us to assume of SIB,OOO. On this am- ount of warrant indebtedness we are now paying seven per cent interest but Jackson co. could bond for this amount, and place the bonds at from 2 to 3 per cent, thus saving 4 or 5 per cent interest on the indebtedness. But don’t lose sight of the fact that whether we divide or not we have to pay the same amount of the debt of Stanley co. At the time Perkins county was cut off from Butte co. they had a valua- 1 tion of only $907,000 and assumed an i indebtedness of $37,000 or on less > than half our valuation thev assumed a debt of twice the amount necessary for Jackson to assume, and Perkins co. is getting along nicely and are rapidly paying- off thfeir debt. We! have several times spoke of what it, cost to conduct the business of the | great empire of Stanley and would t like to again call your attention to j this matter. The estimated expenses i for Stanley co. are over $109,000, i while other counties of the state of ' the same size as Jackson or Sterling 1 are conducting their business on from SII,OOO to $26,00 a year, while Jackson co. is coughing up over $28,000 as their share of runinng Stanley co. At this time we would like to call your attention to the quarterly report' of Stanley, Lyman and Hanson coun- 1 ties. We find that, Stanley co. issued in warrants for the quarter ending Sept. 30, 1910 a total of $46,417.30; Lyman issued for the same quarter $24,079.93 and Hanson only had to pay $8,945.48 for the same period. From the reports of the same quarter we find that Stanley co. issued warrants for election expenses amounting to $3,187.50, Lyman co. $1,468.50 for the same purposes and Clay co. issued only $28.00. We also find from the same report that for the three mouths aboye mentioned warrants were Is- sued in Stanley for assessors to the amount of $4,290.92 and Lyman co. paid $3,392.15 for assessors. In noting the above comparisons remember that Lyman co. is still smaller than the proposed lowa co. that the Philip boosters would have you vote for The fallacy of the statement that Jackson and Sterling counties are too new to organize is shown by the or- ganization of Stanley county. It was organized March Ist, 1890 and the aa- KADOKA, SOUTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1910 Sample Ballot November 8, 1910 Stanley County, South Dakota. Voters desiring to vote for County Division will make a cross in the square before the word YES. Those desiring to vote against County Division will make a cross in the square before the word NO. Shall that j>ortion of Btanley County herein described ami containing more than twenty-four (24) Congressional townships, be set aside as a separate county, which shall be known as Sterlirg County, to-wit: All the fulltownships and fractional townships bordering on the Cheyenne river, included withinthe lines of the proposed Hterling County. Said proposed lines commencing at the south-caet corner of townships four (4 • north, range twenty-four (24 > east. Black Hills Meridian, thence running north on said tow'nship line to the Cheyenne river, said line to constitute the east boundry line of the proposed Sterling county . then starting from the said southeast corner of township fonr (4) north, range twenty-four (24) east. Black Hills Meridian, thence running due west on said township line between to the east boundry line of Pennington county, said line to constitute the south boundry line of the proposed Sterling county, thence running north on the township lines between ranges , seventeen (17) and eighteen (181 east. Black Hills Meridian, to the inter-sec Con of the Cheyenne river, said Hue to constitute the west boundry Hue of the proposed Sterling county : and the Cheyenne river shall constitute the north boundry line of the proposed Sterling county. 0 Yes. For new County of Sterling. j~J No. Against new County of Sterling. • Shall all that portion of the present County of Stanley consisting of twenty-aeven (Vngremiona] townships lying south of the Black HiUs Base Line be set off as a separate County to be known as Jackson county. South Dakota, with the following boundariesßeginning at the northeast corner of township 1 south. 25 east Black Hills Meridian, thence west along the Black Hills base line to the line of Pennington county thence south along the Pennington line to White river, thence east along White river to Lyman County Line and thence north on the Lyman County lino to place of beginning. White river to be the southern boundry of said county; pursuant to the provisions of section lofarticle 9of the constitution ofSouth Dakota and chapter 100 of the nession laws of 1907. fx] Yes. For new County of Jackson. I j No. Against new County of Jackson. * t Shall the County of Stanley, in the State of South Dakota, be divided upon the following lines, to-wit:— Commencing at the southeast corner of township three (3) north range twenty-five (25) east of the Black Hills Meridian, said point being the northwest corner of Lyman county, in South Dak- ota; thence running w. * t six miles on the line between townships two north and three (3) north to the southwest corner of said township three (3) north range twenty-five (2M east of the Black Hills Meridian; the i:< north between ranges twenty-four (24) and twenty-five (25) east of the Black Hills Meridian; and along the sixth Guide Meridian, to the point where the said Sixth Guide Meri- dian intersects with the Cheyenne river, and shall that portion of the said county bounded and described as follows, to-wit:— Commencing at the -v'lithen At. «’omor of township three <3) north range twenty-five < 25) east of the Black Hills Meridian, said point being at the northwest comer of Lyman county, in Bouth Dakota: theme miming west six miles nhn.g :h. lir between u .wnships two (2) northand three (3) north to the southwest corner of said township three (3j north range twenty-five [2s] east of the Black Hills Mv ridian ; thence running nort h;it l . Die lino b< i »vt ranges twenty-four [24] and twenty-fire [2s] east of the Black Hills Meridian and along the sixth Guide Meridian to the point where the said sixth Guide Meridian intersects with the < he. . nut river; th. icein a general southwesterly course following the channel of the Cheyenne river to the point where said river intersects with the line between range*seventeen [IT I and eighteen (l*1 « ist of the Black Hills Meridian; thence south along the said line between said ranges seventeen [l7! ami eighteen |i»J east of the Black Hills Meridian to the point where said line- intersects with the channel of the White river, thence in a general easterly and northeasterly direction following the channel of the White river to the point where said White river intersects with the line bet wet n ranges twenty-five [2s] uud twenty-six [2ft] cast ofthe Black Hills Meridian; thenoe north along said line between said ranges twenty-five (25] and and twenty-#ix (26) met of the Black Hills Meridian to the point of beginning, be act offand nrjm nixed as a new county, to be known as lowa County? j j Yes. For new County of lowa. |X| No- Against new County of lowa. j sessed valuation in 1891 was $209,649, doiie the farmers and taxpayers of and receive therefrom practically no years: One across Cottonwood creek which consisted of lots iu the town of Jackson county is the use of the mon- benefit. Figuring on the very lowest at a cost of $346.66; one across White Fort Pierre to the value of $119,338, ey paid into Stanley co. by them in basis the people from the proposed Water at a cost of $548.49; one across and personal property in Fort Pierre the Road and Bridge Fund. In 1910 Jackson have paid into the Road and Big Buffalo creek costing $461.00; one ! and the rest of the county to the val- we are called upon to pay in taxes for Bridge fund in the past three years one across Brave Bull creek costing I ue of $90,311. Think of it, Stanley co. roads and bridges a four mill levy over $20,000, and what benefits have S6OO and one across White Willow j organized with a valuation of $209,649 which on our assessed valuation would we received. A careful search of the creek costing $470.00 —or the above and yet it has been said that Jackson mean tliaj the taxpayers of Jackson records reveals only the following five bridges built in Jackson county and Sterling are too poor to support co _ mua t pay $8,134.94 into these funds bridge contracts let in the past three during the post three years cost Stan- county governments with valuations ——^—^—B ley co. a total of $2,344 09. Think of of $2,033,735 . and $1,902,000, respec- T ~ 1 it Mr. Voter, during the past three tively. years for each $lO you have been In 1892 the new county of Stanley paying into the road and bridire collected in tftxes the following butoh: qi •i • q IV /I T“)l j funds you have been getting only f2 State fund, 2>s mills $ 523.12 IOllllg, 1 Dilip OC IVICI ilCrSOn in improvements in return. Co. general fund, 6mi115.... 1,257.89 ,ncoapo«at*o ~, 000 Had Jackson county government School fund, 2mi 115......... 418.29 ... . y »..p.q j-¦ ¦ ¦ » p. : the past three years we could now Sinking fund, 3 mills 628.91 DU T AINU 3C.L_l_ I—MINLJ have had $20,000 worth of improve- Bridge fund, 2 mills 418.29 port picrrs south Dakota. ments on our roads and bridges in- Road fund, 4 mills 836.58 stead of only $2,000 worth. A vote 1 XoU , $4 083 11 October 28th, 1910. for Jackson and Sterling counties will j a . . V, in-u on a vote for lower taxes and more j Road poll 108 00 STUART > road and bridge improvements. Do* ™ Kadoka, S. D. , THE COUNTY DIVISION BALLOT. Total $4,420.11 Y}e __. Sir*- From the total of $4,410.11 should Your special attention is called to be deducted the state tax of $523.12, In &fi9VOf tO VOVir IfiQUiTV as to lIOW X the sample ballot published at the top leaving $3,895.99 raised to pay the J M J of this page. The ballot printed is , running expenses of the county in stand on the question Of County Divioion identical with the one you willhave ! 1892. This amount seems terribly to vote next Tuesday. The first pro- smallas compared with $28,472.29 paid will Say I believe the interests of all can position submitted is that of Sterling i by Jackson for 1910 as their share of jwaw bounty on which a “Yes" vote is to I running expenses of Stanley county best be Served by restoring the three old your interest. The second proposi- P“d bJ “ counties of Jackson, No.lid and Sterling. £ ’SZ3T I\ The experience of the many count- Therefore 1 Will support Jackson and Ster- cross in the square before the word ies of the state prove conclusively rc “Yes”, add the last proposition is ; that in the smaller counties the busi- ling this year and Will support the people that of lowa county. Vote “No” on ness is administered in a more thor- that question. If you mark your bal- ough and economical way. In the in old Nowlin county at &ny time in the fu- lot like the one above you will be counties of practically the same size auaaw .. . , . , , . . voting for the interests of the people as Jackson and Sterling we find that ture that they petition for division on tne of Sterling county, for your own in- i the taxes amount to from one-third c . 4 4 4- tereats, for lawer taxes and better ad- ;to one-half less than we are now com- J- I *l®® inaicax-ea aoove. ministered county affairs. Place a I polled to pay into the treasury of this Very truly yours, oroßß betor ®the word “Yes” forSterl-i county. * ing and Jackson counties and before « ."7 - , WARREN YOUNO . the word “No” for low. county. Tlw Road and Bridge Fend*. —. About the greatest injustice that is Skreve Brea. Land Cn> Ball Land. •NUMBER 27 A Few Facts About the Proposed County Of lowa. The promoters of the lowa proposi- tion try to tell us that in the success ol their division alone is the oppor- tunity for lower taxes. Yet the re- cords of other counties do not bear them o-it in this. In Lyman—a coun- ty still smaller than the proposed lowa co. we find that the levy for eounty purposes is up to the limitand the residents of that county are pay- ins taxes in the same porportion as are the people of Stanley. The pro- posed lowa co. has 70 whole town- ships and 12 fractional ones, while Lyman has only 58 whole townships and 15 fractions. Let, us now compare the proposed lowa co. with Fall River. The latter has only 45 townships—lowa has 82. Yet their tax levy for 1910 for county purposes amounts to 16 mills in the organized townships and 19 mills in the unorganized; and they are paying a tax of practically the same propor- tion as are the people of Stanley. By these comparisons with Lyman and Fall River it is shown that be- cause of their size the taxes are prac- tically the some as are the present taxes of Stanley co.—the limit. Both Lyman and Fall River are smaller than the proposed lowa co. and their taxes are to the limit, so how could we expect any reduction in our taxes by the establishing of lowa co. Lyman co. also has the proposition of division to decide at the coming election and the new county of Jones willundoubtedly be established. Re- member Lyman eo. is smaller than the proposed lowa co. Yet the Ly- man County Record, published at Re- liance has the following to say about division. Reliance is the part of Ly- man that willremain in the old coun- ty and the article from tne Record is an expression of the people of allparts of that county. Lvman county is one of the largest counties In the state, being larger in area than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. There are 44 counties in the state smaller than will Jones county be or what is left of Lyman county. Many of them have a much less assessed valuation. All of these smaller counties are excel- lently administered, nearly out of debt and prosperous. Compare Fall River with 45 townships where it is necessary to raise over $62,000 each 5 ear for running expenses with Camp- bell with 23 townships where it is ne- cessary to raise but $26,000. Increase of area means waste, added misman- agement and less of efficiency in ad- ministration The County Commis- sioners, who are really the business head of the county are too widely scattered to know the business of the people. They are not even able to get sufficiently acquainted with the various portions of the county, to in- telligently provide for the building of roads and the construction of bridges. In this way mpeh money is expended in one place that really should have gone elsewhere. In their tours of in- spection they are compelled to travel long distances, over a hundred miles in some instances, to inspect bridges sites and again when the bridge is completed. In this way there is great loss In time and mileage. Allof which might be avoided by smaller counties such as are being proposed The County Commissioners would be near to home and a spirit of economy would prevail. The people could know what was being done with their money An- jother great saving would be useless mileage. At present nearly one-half of the Jurj men come from the west en of the county. All of these have to travel over the entire length of Lvman county besides over the pro- posed Jones county. This alone means an enormous saying. Itapplies as well to the sheriff delivering the ballot boxes, the judges returning them, i subpoening witnesses, jurors and wit- I nesses going to urt, etc. Jackson county j*ays $38,472.29 and Sterling pays $27,888.00 as their share of the running expenses of this great empire, while it only costs Buffalo $11,337.80 a year to run their oounty. Vote “YES” for Sterling and Jack* son Counties. Vote “NO” for lowa County. You will be voting for your own and your neighbors interests and for Lower Taxes and for a better and more economical administration of county affairs. Money to loan on farms from S6OO to SI,OOO. Call at the F. E. Beidlnger Lind Office. Kadoka. S. D,

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