Speeches delivered by Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas, discussing certain phases of contemplated legislation Page: 24 of 61
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County for the fiscal year ending 1922 paid in $104,431,
and received $126,303; excess received, $21,872; excess received for
the three years 1919-21, $47,858. Jones County for fiscal year ending
1922 paid in $88,214, and received $116,249; excess received,'
$28,035; excess received for three years, 1919-21, $81,440.
DeWitt County for the fiscal year ending 1922 paid in $131,619,
and received $123,990; excess paid, $7628; for the three years 191921
excess paid, $64,063. Gonzales County for the fiscal year ending
1922 paid in $96,497, and received $131,605; excess received, $35,107;
excess received for three years 1919-21, $75,334. Guadalupe County
for the fiscal year ending 1922 paid in $88,962, and received $113,646;
excess received, $21,684; excess received for three years 1919-21
$31,819. Lavaca County for the fiscal year ending 1922 paid in
$129,934, and received $95,337; excess paid, $34,591; excess paid for
the three years 1919-21, $112,415. Palo Pinto County for the fiscal
year ending 1922 paid in $113,112, and received $94,361; excess paid
in $18,741; for the three years 1919-21, excess paid in, $40,562.
Parker County for the fiscal year ending 1922 paid in $89,447, and
received $120,276; excess received, $30,828; excess received for three
years 1919-21, $78,775.
These figures are used because they are matters of record and for
the further reason that you ought to know them, that in your wisdom
you may remedy the defects. Figures have been assembled and statements
tabulated covering each county of the State.
Condensing matters, I will call your attention to the following for
the fiscal year ending August 31, 1922, only:
Dallas County paid in $1,241,355; received $766,169.
Bexar County paid in $906,139; received $641,506.
Harris County paid in $1,096,081; received $729,771.
Jefferson County paid in $528,696; received $273,732.
McLennan County paid in $400,490; received $338,768.
El Paso County paid in $466,875; received $358,149.
Tarrant County paid in $770,733; received $546,085.
On the other hand:
Van Zandt County paid in $73,940; received $163,738.
Upshur County paid in $33,796; received $121,695.
Shelby County paid in $51,594; received $153,815.
Hopkins County paid in $70,467; received $179,078.
Cass County paid in $46,595; received $150,030.
Houston County paid in $50,314; received $157,429.
Cherokee County paid in $73,586; received $175,688.
Henderson County paid in $57,598; received $142,434.
Rusk County paid in $42,715; received $144,851.
However, before we may undertake intelligently, to translate principles
of equality and uniformity into practice, we must first inform
ourselves as to the methods employed in the several counties in assessing
property subject to the ad valorem tax. As a matter of common
knowledge, the practice prevails in many counties of putting up
the local county rate, often to its constitutional limit, and assessing
taxable property upon low percentages of true value, so that upon
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Neff, Pat M. Speeches delivered by Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas, discussing certain phases of contemplated legislation, book, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5835/m1/24/: accessed February 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .