1928: COTTONWOOD; Incorporation Ideas Set Aside July 12.

"MEETING CALLED TO INCORPORATE TOWN IN VALLEY: Poor Fire Protection Prompts Move at Cottonwood; Tax to Increase."

"Taxpayers of Cottonwood will gather in a special called meeting Thursday night at Willard hall to determine whether the community shall incorporate as a town or remain a settlement."

"Moved by the recent destruction of the L. W. Pugh Lumber company [an arson fire July 4], which again forcibly exposed the need of adequate fire-fighting apparatus, wide-awake residents see in the incorporation of Cottonwood the only means of reducing the great annual fire loss which has been the lot of the trading community for the past ten years."

"Ersel Garrison, president of the Cottonwood board of trade, and Ernest Garrison, secretary, head the movement, which is strongly favored by such community leaders as C. C. Stemmer, postmaster, and others."

"By virtue of such incorporation taxes in Cottonwood would automatically double. The movement has been balked on past occasions by citizens, who did not favor the increased tax. It is possible that dissention among those favoring it and those against it might strike a happy medium in raising funds to defray expenses of a fire department. This will be brought up at Thursday's mass meeting."

"Cottonwood must be incorporated as a town due to the fact that its population numbers under 3000. Taxes may legally be levied and collected and supervision of the town will be in the hands of duly elected councilmen, mayor, police officers and a fire chief."

"A town has powers to issue bonds to obtain money for civic improvements. The helpless situation confronting the settlement today when fire breaks out would be remedied if funds were available to improve the water system and allow purchase of modern fire fighting equipment."

"A concensus of opinion favors incorporation and it is hoped the majority at the meeting will see the benefits which will be derived from such a plan."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Tuesday, July 10, 1928; page 1, column 7.)

"DECIDE ON TAX PLAN FOR FUNDS AT COTTONWOOD: Incorporation Ideas Set Aside Under New Agreement; Talk Park Plan."

"In one of the most enthusiastic civic meetings ever held in Cottonwood, the question was debated last night whether the settlement should incorporate as a town to provide funds for adequate fire protection or raise a fire fund by subscription on taxable property owners of the vicinity."

"Taking into consideration various pros and cons in connection with incorporation the concensus of opinion was in favor of collecting one dollar on every $100, assessed valuation on the property composing Cottonwood and its subdivisions."

"A sum of $3000 is needed to purchase modern fire fighting equipment and construct a four-inch pipe line which will connect with the Clemenceau system where a high pressure is available."

"It was pointed out that the plan to collect a portion of the payable tax cannot be enforced but must be secured as a contribution from property owners for their own protection. Ersel Garrison, vice-president of the Cottonwood board of trade, appointed Ernest Garrison and Leo Requeno as a committee to work with tax payers."

"The session featured some heated tirades on the civic spirit of Cottonwood in which the potential hazad now confronting the community was pointed out. Officers of the board of trade are: Ersel Garrison, vice-president; Charles Willard, treasurer; Ernest Garrison, secretary; J. O. Braley, second vice-president; and Charles Stemmer and J. A. McIntyre, directors."

"The plan adopted to put the incorporation plan aside and raise funds to finance through taxation also provided that the maintenance monies would require the generosity of the taxpayer."

"Other business coming before the meeting comprised the report of the park committee represented by Joe Hall. It was disclosed that $700, of a large sum subscribed for beautification of the municipal park had been collected. The park [on the southeast corner of what is now Main and Pima], a gift of the United Verde Extension Mining company, promises to be of a vast improvement to Cottonwood."

(Verde Copper News; Jerome; Friday, July 13, 1928; page 1, column 1 and page 5, columns 1-2.)

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