The Springfield news. (Springfield, Lane County, Or.) 1916-2006, December 05, 1919, Image 1

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Budget "Voted by City Council
Will Lower Taxes Dy tuuu
Over Last Year.
At a vpoctal meeting of the rutin
ell taut Alondnr night, the annual
budget for the 11 of Springfield for
the ensuing fiscal year from Novera
ber 1, 1919. to November 1, 1920, wan
prepared and toted. As adopted it
cula the amount, needed for next
year $2000 lower than the budget for
the previous year, thua decreasing-
tha taxes of the city by 12000.
To aecomplUh thU result and en
able the city to run on thla amount
for the next yead the councllmen
and rlty official declared that it
would be absolutely necenaary for
very property owner to pay all city
assessments, street, aldewalk, or any
other, that may be levied attaint!
them. Only with the cooperation of
the people and property ownera them
aelvea ran their taxes be reduced.
The budget for the 1918 1919 year
totaled 917.000 of which only $13,
490.85 waa expended, saving to the
city over 13000 for laat year.
Following la a comparative table
ahowlng the amount expended taat
year and the budget for the enaulng
. Expended Budget
1918. 1919.
IoIlce I12RO.00 11700.00
Re. A Treaa 960.00 960.00
Attorney 125 50 200.00
Light .... 1932.48 1950.00
Water ...... 998.00 1000.00
General .. 626.03 100000
Bt Improvement .... 1848.75 1900.00
Library 373 64 400.00
Intereat ..... - 6000.00 6290.00
113.490.85 915.000.00
Little Said About Treaty Mi-
nority Rule Intolerable.
Hits the Reds.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 2. In bis
message delivered to congreaa today
President Wilson outlined a large
program of legislation which would
restore a peace-time business status,
reduce the coat of living, rectify lubor
and farming conditions, revise the tax
system and curb unreal. He re
newed his recommendation for a
budget ayatem of national finances
and declared the administration bill
providing farms tor soldiers should
be passed without delay.
The railroad problem he reserved
for a future meaaage and he made n
atatement of his fntent'.ona regarding
tha peace treaty or Mexico.
tills only reference to the senate's
failure to ratify the peace treaty In
aaying that the reatlessneBH was due
largely to the nation's hesitation in
determining Its pence policy. The fed
eral government, he declared, should
be armed with full authority to deal
In the criminal courts with those who
promote violence.
To meet the cost of living, the
president asked extension or Jhe war
line food control bill, federal regula
tion of cold storage, readjustment of
food transportation and establlHhmeut
of a ayatem of federal license for
all corporations engaged In Interstate
The preaident'a principal recom
mendations were as follows:
Establishment of a budget system
for the national finances.
Recognition and relief for veteran
soldiers of the world war, particu
larly In the way of government farms
aa proposed by Secretary Lane.
An enlarged program for rural de
velopment, in recognition of the
fanners' part in the war.
, Reorganization of the taxation sys
tem with simplification of the Income
If the fanners of this community knew that they could
lncreaso the prenent profits from their land with no greater
proportionate amount of labor and cost than at present,
would they be sufclently Interested In a method which
would enable them to do this to see it through and stand
back of such a move?
We believe they would.
If the business men of this city realized that by some
effort and tact a much greater pay roll could be brought
to this city through a factory which would enrich the
farmers and the city, too, would they stand behind It and
help make it a success? If they knew that it had been
a great success elsewhere, in a farming country not one
bit more favorably situated than Springfield and surround
ing territory, would they say, "Let's go!"
We believe they would.
We refer to a dehydrating plant This method of
marketing the different varieties of fruits and vegetables
is rapidly becoming one of the leading industries in Oregon
and Washington. It has proven profitable for the farmer
.wherever tried. There are several large plants on the coast,
one being located at Salem, another at The Dalles, ope
rated by the Wittenburg-Klng company. The Salem plant
was start ed only a few years ago on a small scale. It has
grown to be a great plant, employing several hundred peo
ple, operating day and night through the entire year.
They buyjrora the farmers all they can raise of the fol
lowing: All berries and small fruits.
String beans,
In fact, they will take any vegetable the farmer will grow
in a marketable quantity. And they have always given
good, profitable contracts. More than that they send their
trucks out Into the countryand pick up this produce from
the farmers. , .
The farming country around Springfield is served by un
excelled good roads. There are more miles of macadam
roads tributary to Springfield, and serving a larger ana
richer farming area, that are passable to heavily laden
trucks any time of the year than In any other section of
western Oregon. Portland alone may be served by more
miles fof paved and macadam roads but there is not the
same class of farm land surrounding it as Is the case with
Springfield. Ths means that the farmer's produce can be
marketed any time of the year; that he can haul his seeds
and supplies at any time.
It has long-since been proven that land In the Willamette,
McKenzJe and Mohawk river valleys, all of which are tribu
tary to Springfield, is capable of yielding abundantly any
of these crops. Virtually every foot of this land will grow -some
variety of berry or vegetable, and these when
marketed at a dehydrating plant will yield the farmer from
26 to 100 per cent interest on the investment annually.
Western Oregon and Washington is rapidly becoming the
small fruit center of the world, says the Manufacturer.
This land la the equal of any and better In quality to that
of many localities where prices are much higher per acre.
Adjacent to Springfield thousands of acres are being
made ready to Irrigate next year and this will greatly in
crease the acreage and yield of berries and vegetables as
many of the farmers who will irrigate plan to put in logan
berries, strawberries, raspberries and vegetables. The irri
gated district is one of the richest sections in the valley
and with the addition of water at the right times of the year
will yield crops almost beyond the imagination of the most
enthusiastic. ' -
Thus it will be seen that the farmers of this community
have the fertile land that will produce the crops to support
a dehydrating plant and the necessary good roads are al
ready here. It would Involve no radical change for the
farmer to grow berries and vegetables and many are now
finding that their land Is better suited to such crops than
wheat or other cereals. Those who reaped a harvest off
the evergreen blackberry last year know that there- is
money in berries. Why not enlarge these profits and keep
more of the money at home at the same time.
Are you ready? s
Local Chapter Favors Coopera
tive Store for Member
of Four L Only.
The L. L. L. of Springfield are
working out plans for the operation
of a atore in the near future for the
benefit of the members.
This proposition has been thor
oughly discussed at the meetings, as
well aa having been presented to
each member, all of whom are in
favor of anything that will lower the
present high cost of loving.
Cooperative buying la being suc
cessfully tarried out by 4 L members
at North Bend who make their pur
chases by pooling their, money, mak
ing tbe division upon receipt of ship
ment. By thia method a substantial
saving is being made over the pres
ent retail prices.
The most favorable proposition at
thla local calls for the operation of
a atore or 4 L members only. This
will necessitate an overhead expense
which has been carefully estimated
and aftr being added to the cost price
will still leave a substantial saving
over the present retail prices.
The Springfield local has an active
"membership of 316 one of the
largest in the state. This member
ship represents, in the neighborhood
of 1200 persons who will be directly
benefited by this store.
In view of the fact that this propo
sition is assured of sufficient finan
cial backing and capable administra
tion the members have no doubt but
that it will be a success in solving the
present high cost of living.
Efforts of American Legion and
High School Lads Success
ful in Gaining Gym.
Arrangement have been ma, j
whereby the high school and Post N-fc
40 of the American Legion will leaf
the lower floor of the W. O. W. buiM
ing for use as a basketball floor an t
club room. This was determined at
a Joint committee meeting or the tw
bodies last night
The manual training class of tb i.
high school will work Saturday in an
effort to make the building ready tr
commence practising the first of nexc
week. The high high school expects
to have a strong basketball team, as
also yr the local post of American
Legion. : ; .
J The two bodies will share equally
' the expense of the rent and the cost
,of fitting up the building for use.
I One roocr is to be used for a club
room, games and reading room.
It is said that the movement mar
later expand Into a community build
ing. The Loyal Legion of Logger
and Lumbermen will be asked to Joia
the high school and American Legion
in the use of the buflding and share
the expenses. The 4 L local holds its
meeting the lest of this month when
it la expected they will decide upon
the matter.
The securing of this building will
fill a long felt want in Springfield!
and the boys of both organizational
are Jubilant over their success.
Statements of Local Banks In
dicate Prosperity of Spring
field Community.
and excess profits.
Readjustment of the tariff system,
if necessary, to meet changed world
conditions and make the system con
form with the fact that the United
States ia "the greatest capitalist in
the world."
Protection for America's new chem
ical and dyestuffa industry.
Federal aid in the building of good
Development of forest resources.
Laws to bring about, democratic
tion of industry, Including partlcipa
tion of workers in decisions affecting
their welfare.
Establishment of the principles re
garding labor laid down by the league
of nations.
Enactment of Attorney General
Palmer's legislation tor dealing with
the Reds.
(Continued on Page Eight)
That the business interests, farm
ers and people ,of Springfield and
community are prosperous and pro
gressive is shown by the statetrients
of the local banks. Both show a good
Increase in deposits.
The First National bank deposits
have increased nearly $31,000 in
roundi numbers, in they last two
months, as shown by their statement
at the close of business November
17th. Their Individual deposits at the
close of business September 12 were
$238,704.76 and at the close of busi
ness November 17, deposits were
$269,660.87-, making the exact in
crease $30,956.11.
The deposits of the Commercial
State bank show a net gain in the
four and one-half months of $56,295.09
These figures may be taken to in
dicate two things: the increased
prosperity of the people of the
Springfield territory, and the increas
ing tendency of the people to place
thetr confidence and business with
their home Institutions.
Local Teaches Will Attend Stats As
sociation Meeting In Portland
Last of Decemeber.
. Several Springfield teachers will
attend the annual meeting of the Ore
gon Teachers association In Portland
December 29, 30, and 31. F. M. Roth,
principal of the high school, has been
elected an alternate delegate . from'
Lane county and expects to attend. F.
B. Hamlin, city school superintendent
will also attend the convention. Mrs.
Hamlin going with him. Miss Lindahl
and Miss Nelson will attend some o
the sessions and spend the holidays
with relatives In the city.
Other delegates from the county
are Maude Drury. Walker. Marie
Gallagher. Coburg; Will Haley, Tier,
nan; SupL C. A. Howard, Eugene.
Alternates: Mrs. May E. Cox, Mar
cola; Mrs. Maybelle Jones, Spring
field, Rt 2. .
Indications are that this will be the
largest and most important teachers
convention ever held in this state.
Delegates from every county and
from every local teachers' organiza
tion in the state will attend the busi
ness meetings of the representative
council. This meeting as well as all
of the other sessions is open to all
teachers in the state.
Declaring the Burleson telephone
schedule and rates to be unjust and
arbitrary the state public ' service
commission has held the phone rate
rise to be illegal. A refund retro
active to Juy 29 haa been ordered,
the new rates having went into effect
December 1.
Springfield is affected ' by having
the rates reduced and the toll of 10
cents per call to Eugene discontinued.
Local phone rates hereafter will be
$2.25 for Individual line phones; $2
for a two-party line; and $1.75 for a
four party line. These prices are for
wall set services and for desk set
service the added differential of 25
cnts per month will apply.
Minimum Salaries of $100 for
Ail Teachers in Oregon Is
Urged by Institute.
New or additional legislation for
high school laws, their maintenance
and distribution of funds, and a mini
mum salary of not less than $100 for
teachers were Important resolutions
adopted' by the legislation committee
of the Lane county institute. The
1 resolutions in full are as follows:
"We, the legislative committee, beg
leave to report as follows: -
. "Resolved, that It Is the sense of
this institute that there should be
I new or additional legislation upon the
subject of high schools in this state.
that there may be uniform lawafof
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