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    6 Heppner Gazette Times, April 2, 1942
Two More Measures
Gas Supply Knot
Tax Stand
Salem. Two more initiative mea
sures were started on their way to
ward a place on the November bal
lot this week with the filing of pre
liminary petitions with Secretary of
State Snell.
One of these measures, sponsored
by the Oregon State Teachers' as
sociation, would divert all income tax
revenues in excess of $7,750,000 a
year to support of the public school
system. Under the plan proposed
by the teachers this excess revenue
would be apportioned among the
local school districts on the basis of
school attendance and would be us
ed to offset property taxes for sup
port of the school. ,
The other proposed initiative mea
sure involves four major changes
in the present set-up for adminis
tration of public welfare funds.
Whereas under the present law the
state welfare commission consists of
seven members appointed by the
governor the proposed amendment
would require that these seven
members be selected from members
of the various county courts The
measure would also abolish the post
of relief administrator and do away
with the four citizen-members of
county welfare commissions. It
would also eliminate from the law
the requirement that relatives of
needy aged persons be required to
provide for their care when finan
cially able to do so.
The impracticability of supplying
the three Pacific coast states with
gasoline by railroad or truck lines
is shown in a study just completed
by Ormond R. Bean, Oregon's public
utilities commissioner. Bean's study
shows that it would take 226 tank
cars or 452 trucks to supply the
gasoline needs- of the three states
for a single day. This is based upon
an average daily consumption of
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You're in for the surprise of your life when
you see and drive the John Deere Model "H"
the sensational new small tractor that handles
two-row equipment and completely replaces
animal power on small and large farms every
where, cutting costs 'way below their former
level, and making farming more profitable.
And when you learn the price, you'll wonder
how John Deere can give you so much in a tractor
that sells for so little.
In addition, the Model "H" not only burns low
cost fuel but it uses only 13 to 12 as much fuel
on the many jobs within its power range, as would
larger tractors handling the same load.
Come in, see it, and get "the surprise of your
816,347 gallons for Oregon, 1,132,436
gallons for Washington and 312,232
gallons for Idaho. The figures cover
only gasoline needs and do not in
clude fuel oil, diesel, lubricating oil
or kerosene The study was prompt
ed by suggestions that rail and
truck lines should take over the job
of supplying the Pacific northwest
with its gasoline now that tankers
are being diverted to supplying the
military forces.
The old pioneer atop Oregon's
capitol will, continue to shine in all
its gold-leaf splendor. The fourth
interceptor command has advised
that the reflection from the statue
is not deemed a military hazard that
would necessitate the use of cam
ouflage. Some idea of the extent to which
the state has curtailed automobile
travel since tire rationing went into
effect can be gained through a re
port just issued by R. H. Baldock,
state highway engineer, which shows
that the highway department has
reduced its automobile mileage by
37 percent. Employees of the de
partment who heretofore travelled
by automobile now go by stage or
train, Baldock said.
Public servants in Oregon who
enter the armed services either thru
voluntary enlistment or through the
draft are automatically granted leav
es of absence under the state law,
according to Attorney General Van
Winkle. The leaves, however, only
cover the period for which officials
are elected or appointed.
Savings of nearly $5,000,000 a year
are now being enjoyed by consum
ers of electricity in Oregon as a re
sult of rate reductions put into ef
fect in he past seven years, it is
revealed in a report made to Gover
nor Sprague this week by Utilities
Commissioner Bean. Rate reduc
tions put into effect in the past three
years, Bean pointed out, account for
savings to consumers of more than
$3,500,000 a year.
The state tax commission is be
ing condemned by some critics as
heartless bureaucrats for their re
fusal to grant a moratorium on in
come tax payments.
But in their stand, it should be
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remembered, the commission was
only standing squarely on the law as
laid down by the legislature. That
"is also true of the commission's
stand for "uniform" assessments for
which it has also been roundly con
demned especially by political dem
agogues seeking to attract the sup
port of Portland home owners whore
taxes were increased by the uni
form assessment order.
In this connection it might be
pointed out that it is always the hit
dog that howls. While hundreds of
properties were hit by the readjust
ment of assessment rolls to conform
to the "uniform" order other hun
dreds actually benefitted from the
reshuffle of valuation but such is
human nature that none of this lat
ter group has taken the trouble to
express their support of the com
mission's position.
The demand for an extension of
time for payment of the state in
come tax would appear to have been
prompted only by a desire to em
barrass the commission. Certainly
there was no crying need for any
moratorium. As the commission
pointed out in its statements re
jecting the suggestion for a mora
torium there is ample provision in
the law for granting relief to indiv
iduals whose circumstances warrant
an extension of time for the pay
ment of their tax. Hundreds of tax
payers who have been able to show
"good cause" have already been
granted more time in which to file
their returns. "Good cause," the
commission explained, includes ill
ness, absence from the state, inabil
ity to close his books or some other
valid reason. Furthermore the com
mission is authorized by law to
waive penalty and interest charges
against' delinquent taxpayers who
are able to show that they were un
able to pay their tax within the spe
cified time "without undue financial
distress." So that there does not
seem to have been any legitimate
excuse by which the commission
might have been justified in grant
ing a blanket moratorium at this
late date, especially since 75 percent
of the taxpayers' and these mostly
in the lower income brackets, had
already filed their returns and paid
thir tax.
In calling upon Oregon motorists
to observe President Roosevelt's
request for a 40-mile speed limit
Governor Sprague appealed to the
patriotism of the motorists in the
absence of any legal authority for
enforcement of the reduced speed.
However he did throw out a hint that
those who were unwilling to cooper
ate in this move to conserve on the
nation's rubber supply might find
themselves called on to account to
some police judge for other infrac
tions of the law. These could include
improperly adjusted lights, faulty
brakes and even a slight excess over
the legal speed of 55 miles an hour
which in normal times is obligingly
overlooked by the guardians of the
law who patrol the highways.
Plans for the extension of fire
prevention and suppression program
to all rural areas in the state were
made at a meeting in Salem this
week attended by representatives
of the state forestry department, the
U. S. forest service, Indian and graz
ing services, state fire marshal's of
fice, state defense council and the
extension service of the state col
lege. The primary objective of the
program, it was explained, is the
protection of farm crops, improve
ments and equipment. The program
calls for no special funds from gov-
Turkey Outlook
Favorable Evert
With Expansion
Favorable market demand condi
tions for turkeys are expected to
continue during the 1942-43 market
ing season, despite prospects for in
creased production of turkeys, chick
ens and other meats, according to
an analysis of the turkey outlook
for 1942 which has been released by
the agricultural extension service at
O. S. C. for distribution by county
agents. The report also points out
that costs for producing and mar
keting turkeys will be somewhat
higher owing to increase in wage
rates, feeds and other items.
The indications are that turkey
production will be substantially
greater than in 1940 and 1941 when
record sized crops were produced
which were twice as large as in
1929. In the country as a whole
growers reported intentions to in
crease turkeys 8 percent, but the
number of turkey hens to lay eggs
was only 5 percent greater than a
year ago.
The price of turkeys per head was
piactically the same for the crop of
1941 as for that of 1929 when the
supply was only one-half as large
and the purchasing power of con
sumers was also at a high level. A
steady increase in the per capita
consumption of turkey meat in the
United States has occurred since
With respect to chickens and
eggs, the report contains data show
ing an increase of 12 percent in the
country's laying flocks compared
with a year ago, with producers in
dicating intentions to purchase 12
percent more baby chicks this year.
In terms of grain -consuming ani
mal units, the total number of live
stock on farms at the beginning of
1942 'was 6 percent greater than a
year before. These conditions sug
gest a material increase in the meat
supply, but on the other hand de
mand for meat is unusually great
and the purchasing power of con
sumers is high.
The extension service report also
shows a favorable potato outlook
for 1942 and gives information on
the horse and mule situation. That
further decrease in work animals
will take place is indicated by the
fact that only 6.5 percent of all hor
ses and mules are under two years
old, compared with 13 percent in
University of Oregon, Eugene,
April 2. (Special) John Crawford
of Heppner has been elected treas
urer of Sigma hall, it was announced
here this week following the spring
elections of living organizations at
the Universty of Oregon.
ernmental sources and no employ
ment of additional personnel. Pre
liminary organization work has al
ready been completed in some coun
ties. Professional
Phelps Funeral Home
Licensed Funeral Directors
Phone 1332
Heppner, Ore.
Bodily Injury & Property Damage
Class A $13.60 Class B
See us before financing your
next automobile.
Heppner City Council
Meets First Monday Each Month
Citizens having matters for dis
cussion, please bring before
the Council
J. O. TURNER, Mayor
ATwater 4884
, 6th at Washington
J. 0. Turner
Phone 173
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Heppner, Oregon
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