Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas Page: 37 of 48
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MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR HOGG.
DELINQUENT POLL TAXES.
The unpaid delinquent poll taxes amount annually to at least $150,000,
and for the past ten years to over a million and a half dollars. This is a
difficult problem to deal with. Many men, fully able to pay their poll
taxes, and who from principles of patriotism and personal pride should
do so without coercion, wilfully neglect and refuse to do it.
If your honorable bodies will pass a law to take effect under the emergency
clause, embodying the following suggestions, you will be able to
raise considerable revenue within a reasonable time from this source:
1. Prohibit the Comptroller from drawing any warrant in favor of
any person whose name appears upon the delinquent rolls or whom he is
reliably informed is in arrears for taxes. until all his taxes due to the
government have been paid. This will include a larger class of men than
at first may be suspicioned of such unmanly delinquencies.
2. Require the collector of each county to file a list of delinquent tax
payers with his county and district clerks, showing all the names of those
who are delinquent for a period of years, and the amount due by each
of them respectively to the county and State goverment.
3. Prohibit the county and district clerks from drawing any jury
certificate or warrant oh the county treasurer in favor of any delinquent
until the amounts due to the county and State have been fully paid.
This will include many county officers, jurors, road overseers, witnesses,
school teachers, business men and others. Allow to the clerk a fixed fee,
or a certain per cent on the amount he collects, and require him to execute
duplicate receipts for the amount paid-one to the delinquent, and
the other, to be accompanied with the payment of the money, to the collector.
Make the clerks responsible on their bonds for the amount of
uncollected taxes caused by their negligence In the premises. The effect
of this law will be, either to bring immediately or ultimately much
money into the treasury, or to exclude from the public service many incompetent,
DELINQUENT OCCUPATION TAXES.
From the very able report of the State Revenue Agent, it appears that
in several counties many of the liquor dealers are delinquent in their
occupation taxes; and now there are pending against them five or six
hundred indictments therefor. He shows that last year, while four hundred
of these dealers in one county paid revenue to the United States
Government for liquor license, only twenty-one of them paid to the
State their occupation taxes for the same period. To defeat the State
collections they combine and defend each other in the criminal prosecu
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Hogg, J.S. (James S.). Message of Governor James S. Hogg to the twenty-fourth legislature of Texas, book, 1895; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5862/m1/37/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .