Monday, January 3, 2011

If there were no other reason why . . .

. . . the U. S. Armory should not be located at Pittsburg, Pa., it is enough that the mechanics employed would be subject to taxation the like of which is not found on this continent.  Alleghany county has an assessed valuation of some $27,000,000, and the debt of the county is fully one fifth as much!  The most of this debt is in loans to bankrupt railroads, and attempts have been made to repudiate it, but without success.  We see by the Pittsburgh Gazette that the rate of taxation for 1862 has been made up, and it is nearly five per cent., or, to be exact, $47 on the thousand!  Communities that pay $8 on the thousand think themselves pretty well taxed, but Pittsburg pays six times as much.  In additional to this is the national tax, and the local two mills tax for the relief of families of volunteers.  Pittsburg is certainly not a very inviting place for residence. – Chicago Trib.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, February 17, 1862, p. 2

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