The Hood River Glacier, Hood River, OR., July 23, 1908, page 1
GET $12,000 FROM WASCO
Our Share Of Public Moneys
Commission Completes Its Work of Dividing Funds After Much Tedious Work
After considerable tedious work, County Judge Derby,
of Hood River and County Judge Lake, of Wasco, as commissioners, have agreed
on the proportion of moneys which the new county is entitled to under the
law providing for the creation of a new county. Chas. H. Sproat, of Hood
River, was named as one of the commissioners in the bill creating the county
to serve in this capacity, but refused to act and Mr. Derby was appointed
by the governor to serve in his place.
The settlement was finally agreed upon last Wednesday and will give the new county a sum up from the various funds in the neighborhood of $12,000. The agreement as to the amount which Hood River county is to receive was reached without any friction and the relations of the commissioners were amicable throughout the transaction.
As its share of the county court house property the new county will receive $2,614 in cash and also about $2,000 in cash from the general fund. These amounts will constitute the general fund of the new county and will become available immediately.
From the general road fund it will receive $2136.80, and $2,334.40 will be turned over to Hood River county from Wasco, from the county school fund, it will also receive $334.31 from the library fund; $19.00 from the institute fund; $23.00 from the indemnity fund and $2,103.34 from the special school tax fund.
There is still unpaid on the 1907 tax roll an amount approximating $10,000 which when collected will probably give the new county $3,000 to be added to its general fund.
In the settlement the state tax due from the new county was deducted and paid over to the state.
It was the duty also of the commissioners to pass judgment on several minor transactions in settling up the affairs of the two counties that are not of any particular interest and would require laborious details.
It is expected that the settlement will prove satisfactory to the people of both counties as it is to the commissioners, one of whom stated at the conclusion of the work: "You may say for us that the settlement has been made to the satisfaction of the commission appointed by the governor to do the work, and that though the work progressed slowly, owing to the necessity of tracing up accounts in the records, when completed it represents the due quota of both Hood River and Wasco county as nearly as we could get at it. We trust the work will prove satisfactory, as we were particularly careful that each county should receive its just proportion of the funds."
© Jeffrey L. Elmer