Remonstrance against legalizing a tax assessed in the town of Delavan for building a schoolhouse

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Memorial of John L. Ward

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To the Honorable the Legislature of the State of Wisconsin,

The Remonstrance of John L. Ward against the passage of a Law legalizing a tax assessed upon the taxpayers of school District No. one of the town of Delavan in the county of Walworth.

The undersigned a resident & taxpayer of school district number one of the town of Delavan in the county of Walworth respectfully represents, That he has been informed & believes that a petition has been transmitted to your Honorable Body praying for the passage of a Law legalizing a tax of $1200 assessed upon said District in the year 1853 for the purpose of building a School House in said District. The undersigned further represents that the said Dist. at its annual school meeting in 1852 voted a tax of $1600 for the same purpose which tax was in the year 1853 made out from & according to the assessment Roll of said town of Delavan for the year 1852 & was collected from the taxpayers of said District including the undersigned who paid his said tax in his then assessment of $13000 personal property & also on his Real Estate situated in said District according to the assessment Roll of said town for the year 1852. The said District at its annual school meeting in 1853 voted the said tax of $1200 as a further sum to be applied to

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the building of said school House which tax the officers of said District proceeded to make out from the assessment Roll of said town for the year 1852 instead of from the assessment Roll of 1853 as the undersigned insists they should have done; and the Clerk of said District issued his warrant for the collection thereof.

The undersigned further represents & states that his personal property was assessed in the said assessment Roll of 1852 at $13000, whereas his personal property in the year 1853 was assessed at only $3000 on the assessment Roll of the latter year; and further that the assessment of the undersigned upon Real Estate in said District is less for the year 1853 than for the year 1852. The undersigned further represents & states that the amount of his tax as the same has been made out by the officers of said District as aforesaid upon the said assessment Roll of 1852 is upwards of $220 upon his personal property alone and that the whole of his tax as the said warrant has issued therefor is upwards of one hundred & seventy dollars greater than the same would have been if the same had been assessed upon & according to the said assessment Roll of the year 1853 as the undersigned insists that not only the law, but also common justice & good faith required.

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The undersigned further states that the said tax of $1200 is otherwise unjust & illegal because the taxpayers of 1852 as assessed in the said assessment Roll of 1852 upon which said tax was made out were not all included in said tax that among the persons so [illegible] are Loomis Ward and one Brown - and that also said officers in making out said tax have assessed to the firm of Ward & Bradt (of which firm the undersigned is a member) the personal property assessed to the firm of carpenter Bradt & Co. (of which firm the undersigned was not a member) on said assessment Roll for the year 1852. The said firm of Ward & Bradt not having any existence until the 5th day of February 1853.

The undersigned therefore earnestly & respectfully remonstrates against the passage of any law legalizing said tax and further respectfully prays if any such law shall have been passed before this his Remonstrance shall reach your Honorable Body that the same may be forthwith repealed.

Dated at Delavan January 27, 1853 John L. Ward

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