Message of Gov. O. M. Roberts on appropriations and expenditures under the control of the governor to the seventeenth legislature of the state of of Texas, convened at the city of Austin, in regular session, January 11, 1881. Page: 15 of 23
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Appropriations under Control of the Governor.
DRUMMER TAX AND OTHER OCCUPATION TAXES REQUIRED TO BE PAID AT
THE STATE TREASURY.
Finding that the payment of these taxes had been extensively evaded,
I issued the following proclamation offering a reward of fifty dollars to
procure the arrest of the offenders, and to compel them to pay the drummer
tax, and ten dollars in the other cases. It had the desired effect to
cause thousands of dollars to flow into the treasury immediately, which
would otherwise never have been received.
I woulal respectfully recommend the amendment of the law so as to
require some sort of public record of the license to be made in every
county, wherein the party holding it ofters to do business, so that his
authority may be known, and also to increase the penalty of violating the
law to a fine of at least twenty-five dollars, to be paid to the informer,
over and above the tax to be paid into the State treasury, before the
guilty party is released.
This law, most just in itself, as an approximate taxation upon transient
property protected by the State, prevents, to that extent, a discrimination
against our own merchants, who pay the required occupation tax, ana in
favor of merchants residing out of the State, who do business within it,
and therefore should be strictly enforced. The rewards paid are shown in
Exhibit E, amounting to $480.
' PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS, OFFERING REWARDS FOR
"VIOLATORS OF THE OCCUPATION TAX LAWS.
"Whereas it has been made known to me that many persons are pursuing
occupations taxed by law, in this State, without having paid the tax
imposed on such occupations, whereby the State is being defrauded of
her revenue, and her criminal laws violated;
"Therefore, I, 0. M. Roberts, governor of Texas, by virtue of the
power vested in me, do hereby issue this my proclamation, and offer a
reward of fifty dollars for the arrest and conviction of each and every
person so found in this State pursuing the occupations of commercial
traveler, drummer, salesman, or solicitor of trade, by sample or otherwise;
and a reward of ten dollars for the arrest and conviction of persons found
in this State pursuing any other occupation taxed by law, who are required
to pay such tax at the office of the comptroller, in Austin, and who,
have failed to pay the same.
" These rewards to be paid upon proper proof to me that such violators
of the law have been arrested and forced to pay the tax.
"Lists of those who have paid such tax can be obtained from the
officers of the county, or the comptroller at Austin.
",In testimony whereof, I hereto sign my name, and cause the
[T. s.] seal of State to be affixed, at the city of Austin, this twentysecond
day of September, A. D. 1880.
"O. M. ROBERTS, Governor.
"By the Governor:
"JOHN D. TEMPLETON,
"Secretary of State."
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Roberts, Oran M. Message of Gov. O. M. Roberts on appropriations and expenditures under the control of the governor to the seventeenth legislature of the state of of Texas, convened at the city of Austin, in regular session, January 11, 1881., book, January 11, 1881; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5832/m1/15/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .