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-r- --r-.,--,r--,r- Page Two, Monitor, Monroe, Wash., Jan. 18,1968 i------------------ 00onro00onito00 Le:tt.00rs, To The Editor" Two-School !P U BLISHED EVERY THURSDAY Entered as Second Class Matter atthe PostOfflce' January 15, 1968 at Monroe, Washington, under the Act of March Dear Editor: 3, 1879. In reference to your editorial of Jan 11, 1968, S U B S C RiI P T I O N R A T E S ." concerning mobile homes. As a mobile home Monroe, Skykomish and Snoqualmie Valleys, per l owner, I resent the unfair and baised judgement year $4.00. Outside Monroe, Skykomish and, placed against mobile home dwellers, as though we are some kind of "second class" citizens Snoqualmie Valleys $4.50. Official Newspaper of the City of Monroe, and Town of Skykomish. Address all mail to Post Office Box No. 398, Monroe, Washington 98272 Howard and Mary Alice Voland...Publishers iAlthea Hendrickson .... . Advertising Managel- Barbara Rogers Minor ..... News Editor. Country Doctor... Many years ago, in most humble sur- roundings, a child was born on an earthen floor beneath a lean-to in New Mexico. That youngster, later in manhood, after years of sacrifice and hard work became the wonderful physician and surgeon many of us came to know as Doctor Mlnard Allison. Like many country doctors who have gone before, Dr. Allison will be recalled in memories here as a devoted physician and surgeon. He will also be remembered as a counselor and family guidance director, a psychiatrist without portfolio, a psychol- ogist and sociologist, and a teacher, but most of all he will be remembered as an extraordinary rural American doctor of magnum quality. City Land (From Page 1) Of the balance, 21 acres are owned by Great Northern Railway and the Snohomish County Public Utility District and 1.86 acres are in drainage ditches with various owners. City-owned land not contiguous to the city include 80 acres known as the Sky Valley tract, 13.5 acres at the well site and 2.4 acres of reservoir land. New Fish Kill (From Page 1) when Everett officialdom ordered the Sultan River dried up for 23 miles. The Fisheries Department asked for $21,588 in damages and the Game Department for $5,- 985. The city rejected both claims. On that action Johnston said: "We filed a brief last week with the Federal Power Commission requesting a ruling on the minimLm flow required and will get an answer within 30 to 60 days. It is the City of Everett's contention that they can dry up the river when- ever they want and we would hope the com- mission ruling would determine that a minimum flow must be maintained." As the result of an FPC hearing last June Everett was prevented from drying up four miles of the Sultan River for inspection and repairs on a diversion dam 6 1/2 miles down- stream from Culmback Dam, thus preventing still another kill. Dr. Allison (From Page I) because of failing health, came in 1959. Dr. Allison was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Snohomish. During his many years as a physician and surgeon he devoted what spare moments he had to horticulture and reading. He is survived by his widow, Julia, at the family home; a sister, Mrs. Anna Crymble of Prescott, Arizona; brother, Emmett of Al- bany, Oregon. The Saturday 1 p.m. services were held in St. John's Episcopal Church with interment fol- lowing in the I.O.O.F. The family has asked that rememberances may be made to the Church of Our Savior Memorial Fund. Pallbearers were Charles Taylor, Herb Church, Clarence Currie, Jerry Koll, Michael Laizure and Nick Agostinelli. absconding public funds in the form of non-pay- ment of our fair share of the tax burden. As a mobile home owner for over 17 years, a 24 year veteran of the U. S. Navy, having lived in mobile home parks from coast to coast, and now taking the route of a mobile home on private property, I feel qualified to say something in the defense of mobile home owners. Although I realize the listed facts of the editor- ial are not yours, the facts are partially wrong. The State Legislature provided that 78% of the excise on mobile homes may be returned to the registered local school district of the mobile home owner. Legislative Budget Committee Report No. 66-10 will bear this out. Although you say your "quarrel is not with mobile home owners etc." the "between the tines" undertones of the editorial reflect a def- inite distaste of mobile homes, parks and all concerned in the business. The State tax system related to conventional homes and mobile homes shows that the only possible tax "break" mobile home owners can get, is on a local emergent tax levy. However, the increase in net worth value of the convention- al home, more than offsets the tax differential. Then, in areas where tax levies go down, the mobile home owner still pays the same. Again, Legislative Buacet Committee Report No. 66- 10 will confirm mis fact. I know a local home owner who has a two story house on a 120 ft x 120 ft lot in mid-town Monroe. The appraised value (not assessed value) is $14,000. His 1967 taxes were $110. The "Blue-Book" value of my mobile home and appraised value of the lot come to $7600. This is a smaller lot in the rural area. I paid $123 taxes in 1967. I know an owner of a 49 space mobile home park on less than three acres, the 1967 taxes on the mobile homes averaged between $90 and $153, in addition the park owner paid $51 per space plus additional building tax to a total of $4,100 as his share of the tax burden. Who is paying their fair share of the tax burden? Since the "city fathers" and the local school district are looking for additional tax revenues, and since you are looking for editorial material, here are a few suggestions. How about an editorial on taxes against apart- ment and permanent hotel dwellers, since as individuals, they contribute nothing to the local school district tax rolls. How about an editorial on property owners who purposely let their property "run down" and deteriorate, to avoid higher assessment values. (And there are many in Monroe)? How about an editorial On property owners who purposely fail to complete construction on houses (by leaving a few pieces of siding off) or garages without doors, so they will enjoy the tax "break" of living in an uncomplet- ed building? One local resident has done this for five years that I have observed. How about an editorial on proposing a city tax stamp for vehicles parked overnite on public propels, because property owners fail to pro- vtae on-street parking. The city of Milwaukee, Wisc. has had this type of tax for over ten ears, (at $4.00 per vehicle per year). Mobile me dwellers in parks don't present this problem. The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article saying that in 1966 there were over 482 million- aires in this country who failed to pay a nickel's worth of income tax. How about an editorial on these "legal loop-holes". When I tried to go the private lot route for my mobile home and checked the county laws, City Names Paper, Bar k The Monroe Monitor and Monroe Branch, Seattle First National Bank were named the City of Monroe's of- ficial newspaper and bank, respectively, in action taken at the city council meeting last week. I KALES and SERVICE CERAMIC TILE Fee the Lmmey of Use Our Your Home . . ! Revolving CALL US! !I Charge - Plan! J A modem eco- CUSTOM INSTALLATION  nomical ,con.  venient Credit 74s Av. O SeCOfOt4k W  toe-in , . ' .. ! Plan foryoul BEAUTIFUL WALILPAPI SEE THE NEW Flocked Vinyl Schumackers  Documentary Original I Mohawk Indoor- Ca:adian..,,, ,$1 .69 single roll I Outdoor Carpet MNOII.IWM 0 the o_nly carpet that combines Armstrong Narin Luan  indoor elegance with outdoor Congoleum j ruggedness. $7.50 sq. yd. Cushion floor . . $2.69 sq. yd. Custom Made IIII III ii DECORATIVE j DRAPERIES L electrical wall switch plaques jHundred of fabrics to choose from SHOP MYRICK and SAVEI (From Page 1) I discovered it would have cost me $300 in materials plus an undetermined labor cost to get on the real property tax rolls. How about an editorial on the archaic and idiotic Sno- homish County laws relating to the whole mobile home business ? I agree that the tax burden should be equitable, but let's not blame the 6000 plus, mobile home and travel trailer owners in Snohomish County for the existing system, or determine that taxing mobile homes more will bring the local school district "out of the Hole". As a mobile home owner and citizen who sees the need for increased tax revenue, I would gladly pay any tax increase decreed by thelocalgovern- ments, provided the net worth value of my proper- ty returned to near its original purchase price and would increase in value, as do conventional homes, on the real property tax structure. Let's work on ALL the legal "loop-holes" in the broad tax structure, not just the mobile home business. Hoping to see this printed in The Monitor, I remain, Sincerely yours, John H. Baker Rt #1, Box 583A Monroe, Wash. 98272 Mr. Howard Voland Editor, Monroe Monitor Monroe, Washington Dear Howard, Jmmary 13,1968 The unanimous approval on January 8 by the Planning Commission of a proposed Land Use Plan for the Monroe area is a victory for common sense, fair play, and for the people of Monroe. The approved plan is, in fact, the fifth modification of the original plan presented by me in October, which was evolved through extensive discussion, compromise, adjustment, and final agreement. Thanks to the excellent publicity in the Monitor, the people of Monroe have been informed of the issues and have expressed their opinions to the Commission and the Council and the result is a heart-warming demonstration of the democratic system at work. It is to be hoped that the carefully considered recommendations of the Commission and their professional consultant will be adopted by the Council at an early date. In view of the above it is hard to generate much animus over your editorial in the January 10 Monitor, entitled, "T'aint so Wegg", which quotes the County Assessor on mobile home taxation to refute my statement that "the prop- erty owner through taxes and the mobile home Giving a progress report on high school con- struction was Harry Botesch of Everett, the school architect, who said the Job is 70 per cent completed with 73 per cent of the contracted time used and 69.8 per cent of the funds used. He said there were no problems and if no unforseen emergencies developed the building would be bompleted between April 17 and 20, the contracted date. Fox, who had held to the hope that at least one basketball game would be played in the new D[mnasium, said completion of the building was following the same schedule as the other units and the best he could promise was that the class of 1968 would hold graduation ceremonies in the new gymnasium. He said occupancy before the school year ended was extremely advantageous in that student and teacher help could be utilized in moving and settling in so that "the kinks could be work- ed out before Summer." In other action, directors elected to contract with the Intermediate District No. VIII Data Processing Cooperative for the 1968-'69 year. The move followed a presentation of the pro- gram by Don Sweazy, the cooperative's direct- or. In outlining the program Sweazy said the cooperative could offer more in the way of computing the district's bookkeeping, student record keeping and as an instructional tool. He urged that teachers be trained to use com- puters as tools such as movie projectors are used and added that student knowledge of com- puters makes for logical and disciplined think- ing. Directors approved payment of December bills in the amount of $18,926.52 after which they adjourned to discuss the subject of land ac- quisition. Eastside (From Page 1) the most modern buildings in Monroe, located in the heart of the city with convenient off- street parking provided for customers." Bolyard added: "Citizens of Monroe will enjoy new con- venience for both savings and loan transact- ions as well as a sense of satisfaction in the knowledge that they are contributing to the economy of their own community." The new manager pointed out that the company already has over a half million dollars current- ly invested in home financing in the valley. owners are paying taxes which exceed $2,000 on r i owner through licensing would make up taxes [and, roads, and community facilities. equivalent to other homes in the same size category". With respect to mobile homes on individually owned properties, the Legislature, last year, the It 2:biPr%boableYotwnru:r tehntvmje%rvnta; amended the State Tax Laws (RCW 82.50.180) nv. *thA ,.,,,,o,H...ol h.. ...... .I. :,,', to provide that a 'mobile home which has sub- v--v v VVAV.AL,eA&r.,L AJLULJL IJ IIYLIJ. O, LJ.U. * Ll, l.IB S.---L-'s - .1 -- l . *.* --., .. -- nossible that today n ,v,, mo+,..,o .,,..;. an,a, ty ,os s menly as a mooue unl oy ' "' ......  ............. "" virtue of betn permanently fixed in location ave abnormal school levies, this is still so. uuon land owneb- the owner of the mobile home" However, according to the Legislative Budget a "be enteredn the real ro ert, tax rolls" Committee of the State Legislature, on a state- an y ma" be taxed exactl- lPtk p a onventional wide average, the mobile home owner is paying  his share. In a thirty page report made in No- vember, 1966, entitled "Taxation of Mobile Homes", the Committee states that a new $10,- 000 mobile home is taxed approximately 10% more than a conventional home of same age and cost. This comparison does not take into ac- count the fact that "mobile homes are not very mobile now and most of them are parked, at least semi-permanently, on real estate which pays a real estate tax in addition to the excise tax paid on the mobile home. In a mobile home park, for instance, the owner pays a real estate tax on every space, whether it is occupied or not. In the better new parks in Snohomtsh County home. I am in complete agreement with you that the mobile home owner should not have a tax ad- vantage over the conventional home owner. I hope the above facts will convince you that my statement was reasonable and that I may close with the friendly dissent, "T'is so, Volandl" Sincerely Yours, Talbot Wegg PLANNING TO REMODEL? 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