Opinion, 1901

For those who were inclined to describe the 1901 Skidmore Standard as shy, retiring, and neutral in its opinions, we offer this item from the March 1 edition:

An Act That Don’t Suit Us

We have received a copy of a bill introduced by Hon. C. J. Colden, representative from this county, which adds another section to village laws.  The object of the bill is to make the board of trustees of villages “cause a correct abstract of the proceedings to be made out and published in one newspaper within eight days after the meeting of which they were had.”  That is not near all of it, but that is about the main idea, except handing over the cash, which is left for the other fellow to hustle for.

No, Bro. Colden, while we can’t vote for or forninst the bill, we don’t like it just the same.  About 101 out of 99 little towns in the country already have more expenses than they are able to meet, if they keep the town in proper condition, and such an act would only add more expense without any benefit.  If the proceedings of the town board are of any interest as news, publish it; if not leave it alone.

If our suggestions would be of any benefit, we would suggest that all property be assessed at its actual value as the law now provides, or as near the value as an assessors judgement would place it, then with the levy allowed, town boards, like township, county, city boards, or any other old slab, would have money enough to pay running expenses including publication of their proceedings.  If the assessors would not assess property at its real worth, then nextly:  You fellows, while you are in Jefferson City, quit giving Gov. Dockery so much taffy and feed him on starch, that he may have a stiff enough backbone to control the state board of equalization so it will raise the valuation of all property in the state to its actual value.

Then it will behoove us little cross-road gimlets to auger town boards every chance we get.

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