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County awards software bid
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Getting the Kaufman County Tax office and the Appraisal District on the same software program was the main goal of county commissioners Monday.
Commissioners approved a $233,896 bid from True Automation for a software program for the Tax Assessor/Collector’s office to coordinate with the Kaufman County Single Appraisal District.
The award was made at the recommendation of a three-man committee, Kaufman Technology Director George York, Purchasing Agent Jack Sabastian and Tax Assessor/Collector Richard Murphy.
The software will help with the long-standing problem of communication between the tax office and the appraisal district, speeding up the process of sending out tax notices.
“There are small cities around that can’t meet payrolls if the taxes aren’t collected,” York explained.
The approval was made with one stipulation, that the county be given something in writing from the appraisal district to assure the county will be notified of any intent to change software.
In other business, commissioners:
• approved a salary increase for early voting election personnel, to reflect higher pay for extra hours spent working the polls.
Election judges will receive an increase of $1.50 per hour and clerks will receive an extra $2 per hour.
• instructed Scurry Mayor Robert Stewart to adopt the county subdivision regulations so the city council can then approve the re-plat of Amber Heights.
Since the subdivision in question is located within the city limits of Scurry, and its extra territorial jurisdiction, the county cannot act on the re-plat request, County Judge Wayne Gent explained.
• agreed to advertise for a RFP for a system upgrade of the sheriff’s office dispatch console, NPSPAC repeater station, VHF control, stations and associated hardware.
Bids must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, June 16, and will be reviewed at 10 a.m. Monday, June 19.
• approved a request from Sprint Telephone Company to install buried communications cable in Precinct 4, along the right-of-way of County Road 4027, CR 4042, CR 4055, CR 4056 and CR 4060 and Travis Lane in Precinct 1.
• approved the deputation of Brooke Haar and Donald Newbourn for the sheriff’s department.
• acknowledged the filing of the Dallas Crown Inc. Slaughter Report for the week ending May 6.
• set a workshop for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, to explore how to create needed courtrooms for the county. All Kaufman judges will be invited to attend to offer suggestions.
• approved budget transfers as presented by County Auditor Hal D. Jones.
• paid bills totaling $460,605.52.
 

White discusses ‘Whiskey Rebellion” at RootSeekers
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The speaker for the Rootseekers Genealogical Society this month was Mary Sue White. Mary belongs to the Sarah Maples DAR, RootSeekers, Colonial Dames and many, many other societies.
She has done research on at least a dozen of her ancestors that she has added to her DAR lineage.
She has been researching the “Whiskey Rebellion,” and agreed to share her findings with us.
The “Whiskey Rebellion” occurred Aug. 1, 1794, when Alexander Hamilton put together an agreement between the states and the federal government, that the federal government would assume all the debts incurred by the states during the Revolutionary War.
In return, the states agreed that the nation’s capitol city would be moved south from Philadelphia to a backwoods, mosquito-infested swampland located on the banks of the Potomac River between Virginia and Maryland.
In order to finance the payback of these debts, Hamilton came up with the idea of imposing an excise tax on whiskey. The tax was seven cents a gallon, based on the capacity of the still, and not on how much one actually produced.
They failed to realize the depth of hatred of Americans for what was called “internal taxation.”
Internal taxes meant that the hated tax man would be in your face and on your property, searching and examining your records and your life, looting and destroying.
Actually, no one paid the tax on whiskey through the American “back country,” which included areas of Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and all of Kentucky.
The whiskey tax was particularly hated in the back country because whiskey production and distilling were widespread.
Whiskey was a home product for most farmers, and it was often used as money, a medium of exchange.
Opposition to the federal excise tax program was one of the causes of the Jeffersonian “Revolution” of 1800.
One of the accomplishments of the first Jefferson term as president was to repeal the entire excise tax program.
Except for the War of 1812, the federal government never again dared to impose an internal tax until the North transformed the American Constitution by centralizing the nation during “The War of Northern Aggression,” also known as the Civil War.
Our ancestors would be spinning in their graves if they knew what we now pay in taxes.
 

Pioneer Day set for June 24
Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–The 31st Annual Eustace Pioneer Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 24. A day of family fun is in order. See the chart for a full schedule.
Now’s the time to order booth space. Booths with electricity are $20, and those without electricity are $10. To reserve your space, call Cary Reeve, at (903) 425-2751.
Something new this year is a 5K run/walk. Entry fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Awards will be presented to the top three participants in each age group. For more information, call Gene Myers at (903) 425-5348.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Pioneer Day parade, which begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. from the high school parking lot. For information, call chairman Ed Reeve at (903) 425-0149.
The “42” tournament at the community center will again offer prize trophies donated by Jane Beeson and chairman Robert Reeve. Bingo is also scheduled at this location, under chairperson LaFaye McCarter.
There will also be horseshoe pitching with prizes. Chairpersons are Jerry and Joel Boyd. A cake walk is being sponsored by the Eustace Primary School.
A pet show is being planned by chairpersons Rick and Diane Shaffer, who may be reached at (903) 425-4082.
Others involved in bringing a fun day for all include:
• Kung Fu instructor Ellis Beam, at (903) 425-0138.
• Diamond Dawgs owner and instructor Seetha Stegall, (903) 880-0092, and
• Razzle Dazzle owner and instructor Teri Rohm, (903) 451-3245.
• 8 a.m. 5K race,
• 9 a.m. Booth bazaar opens on the Eustace town square.
• 10 a.m Pioneer Day Parade.
• 10:45 a.m. Domino “42” tournament at the Eustace Community Center.
• 11 a.m. Log Cabin Swingers will perform at the gazebo.
• 11:30 a.m. Kung Fu demonstration on the lawn
• Noon. The Allen Family band performs at the gazebo.
• 1 p.m. Pet show
• 1:30 p.m. Diamond Dawgs perform on the square.
• 1:45 p.m. Razzle Dazzle Dance performs at the gazebo.
• 2 p.m. Texas Praise performs.
• 2:15 p.m Bingo at the Eustace Community Center.
• 3 p.m. Games and contests, egg toss, sack race and three-legged race.
• 4 p.m. Les Robb will entertain at the gazebo.
• 8 p.m. Street Dance featuring John Allen and Whiplash. Dancing till midnight.