The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 91, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 10, 1980 Page: 2 of 32
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CANAOIAN. HEMPHILL CO.. TEXAS
THURSDAY 10 JULY 1980
A new taxpayer?
SOME STATEMENTS which are misleading,
and some which are downright false, about
the city electric power operation are being
circulated from sources in and near City Hall itself
as the time approaches for a vote on whether or not
the City Council should be authorized to negotiate
for sale of the plant.
This decision is, in our considered opinion, the
single most important one concerning the future of
the City of Canadian which citizens will be called
on to make, and it needs to be made on the basis of
demonstrable fact, not wishful fable.
One of the scare statements is that "if the light
plant is sold, city taxes will be greatly increased."
It may be that city taxes will have to be
increased...the tax rate is to be increased this year,
as a matter of fact...but city operation of the
electric light plant doesn't have much to do with
that one way or the other.
In the fiscal year just passed, the electric power
operation was in the red by $5.995. if the final city
budget figures for the fiscal year are correct. The
effect of that net loss on city tax income was
negligible, but certainly the absence of that
expense item wouldn't call for an Increase in the
Plain fact of the matter is that the city power
plant operation...whether or not it was a profit-
maker in years past...is not a profit-maker for the
City of Canadian today, and isn't likely to be in the
future. The plant is inadequate to meet the city's
power needs today (it is buying power through
stop-gap connections with North Plains Rural
Electric Coop and Southwestern Public Service
Company now to meet today's demands) and there
is no practicable way in which its productive
capacity can be expanded to meet our growing
power needs...the city's financial structure would
not support the necessary bond issue even if the
citizens of Canadian were willing to vote it.
NANCY EZZELL Editor
TUVA MOORE Advertising Manager
Entered as second dass matter December 20. 1945.
at the Port Office at Canadian. Tesas, under the set
of March 3, 1879. Published each Thursday
•tenoon at Canadian, Texas, by Ben R. and Nancy
One year -
<8.00 in Nenphi and
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Another misleading statement which is being
circulated is that if the power plant is sold to
Southwestern Public Service Company, the city
will have to begin paying for the electricity which
other city departments use...for street lights, for
pumping water, for park and swimming pool
Of course those city departments will have to
pay SPS (or any other utility operating here) for
that power...but what's new? The City of Canadian
pays the City-owned Light Plant for all the power
which it uses today...the city's light bill from the
city power plant last year totalled more than
$49,000. and that same $49.000 was included in the
total revenue on which the light plant lost money
We do not know...and no one can sav for
sure...that the city's power bill from the City plant
was less or more than SPS would have charged for
that same service. We don't know on what basis
"the city" billed "the city" for the electricity it
produced and used...but if the metering was
accurate and based on costs of production, the
power use would have been about the same from
SPS (which must charge all customers over its
entire territory alike). In any event; "the city"
isn't getting this service for nothing from the
city-owned plant...the money for this city-used
electricity came from tax funds last year just as it
will next year, regardless of who produces the
There is a "plus" which would result from sale
of the plant to Southwestern Public Service...in
addition to the big "plus" which would result from
Canadian having an adequate and dependable
source of power for its future growth. The
incidental "plus" is that SPS would become a city
:ax-payer. which the city-owned electric system is
iot...and in addition to ad valorem taxes, would be
:ontributing two percent of its gross receipts in
Canadian to the City Treasury.
That is a not-inconsiderable item!
(From the State line Tribune of Farwell]
FEDERAL TAXES are going up today primarily
for three reasons:
1. Inflation, which raises the price the govern-
ment must pay for everything it purchases and
which is reflected in year-to-year increases in the
2. Inflation, which pushes millions of Americans
into higher tax brackets, where pay raises to offset
higher prices simply earmark a larger share of
their income for taxes.
3. Inflation, which has pushed the economy into
a serious recession, creating unemployment
conditions that require greater outlays for jobless
pay benefits, welfare and other antirecession
Despite all the talk of balancing the federal
budget in 1981, there is no serious effort in the
Nation's Capital to reduce spending, and thus help
dampen inflation. Instead, if the budget is
balanced at all, it will be through increased tax
revenues which the U.S. Chamber estimates will
reach $85 to $95 billion.
Isn't it time to cut both taxes and federal
spending? And reduce inflation.
"Only mnd doga and Englishmen go out In the noun da> sun."
Rudyard Kipling wrote that In India aroond the turn of the century.
He didn't know about Texana, who do it all the time.
General Sherman, who did know about Texas...and Texans...once
declared that if he had to choose between Hell and Texas, he'd opt for
Hell. Of course the General also observed that "War is Hell", andas
generals do, he loved War...so his opinion may be considered
No true Texan would make that choice. Texans recognize that the
heat may be equal, but the State has other advantage*. It isn't just
the heat...It's the humility which all Texans share!
Senator Bcntsen has called on President Carter "to move swiftly to
identify criminals and agitators among Cuban refugees and to put
them on the first boat, or airplane, home." Presidente Castro,
however, who seized the opportunity to dump his criminal and insane
discards on our Florida shores, isn't likely to be very cooperative
about accepting them back.
So maybe It's up to Congress to provide the returning Cubans with
a plane, a parachute, and a push.
Immigrants of an earlier era were of better quality. and the
Panhandle of Texas benefitted greatly from their arrival. German.
Polish. Czech and Russian immigrants who arrived in successive
waves in the early 1900's have made their mark on the Panhandle
countryside and the Panhandle economy...in places like Follett,
Darrouzett and Waka, for example...White Deer and I'mbarger and
Nazareth...and the list could go on.
A grant of S26,000 haa been made recently to the Panhandle-Plains
Historical Museum at Canyon from the National Endowment for the
Humanities to finance research by the Museum staff and to plan iu
first travelling exhibit. The projected title will be 'The Last
Migration: European Folk Islands In Northwest Texas" and the
exhibit will depict the histories and folkways of German. Austrian.
Czech, Pollah, Norwegian, Swedish and Russian Immigrants who
settled In this region between 1890 and 1920. Unveiling of the exhibit
is scheduled for the summer of 1981.
The exhibit will feature photographs, artifacts, and descriptions of
the groups portrayed. Researchers plan to visit this summer in
Slaton, Wilson. Follett. Oslo. Waka. Paken. Wichita Falls. Thurber
and other communities in search of interviews with descendants o
immigrants, according to the Museum staff. We hope they were on
hand at Darrouzett on July 5 for the annual Deutches Fest where they
could have been eye-witnesses to a revival of German-Russian
heritage in the Panhandle...including the incomparable food of that
If yon have iuformntJon or know of someone who shouldI be
Interviewed for the project, write to Folk Island Project, PanhawW
Pinina Hlstericnl Museum, Box 907, WT Station, Canyon, Texas
We had a little fall-out in Canadian over the Fourth of July from the
Mt. St. Helens volcano. The Harry Morrises, who are old Cana u"
hands (she was Dannie Welch of Higgins) now live at Mt Vernon,
Washington, where he is director of Missions for the Mt. Baker
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Ezzell, Ben & Ezzell, Nancy. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 91, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 10, 1980, newspaper, July 10, 1980; Canadian, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth184178/m1/2/: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.