Get From Under

From The Price, Utah Sun, March 30, 1917 –

Helper Wants Help

Residents Would Leave the City Now That Dryness Approaches.

It is out of the frying pan in the fire – from the demon run to taxes – for the property owners of Helper, says yesterdays Herald-Republican. Attorney General Dan B. Shields was instructed by the state land board yesterday to intervene in behalf of the city of Helper to prevent a portion of its territory from being segregated.

The fact that Utah will soon go dry led to the introduction of a petition into the district court of Carbon County by a number of Helper residents asking that their property be no longer included within the city limits. The reason for the petition was not far to seek.

For several years no city taxes have been levied in Helper, the various license fees, particularly those paid by some fourteen saloonkeepers, sufficing to meet all expenses of the corporation.

With the fast approaching operation of the prohibition law the petitions had discovered that a heavy city tax must necessarily be imposed within a year’s time, and decided to ‘get from under’ with as little delay as possible.

I. A. McGee, city attorney, did not file an answer to the petition at once, but instead, promptly sent out an S.O.S. call to the attorney general’s office. The situation that threatened was serious.

Helper has a material indebtedness and with such a withdrawal of land as was asked by the petitions the security for the corporation bonds would be lessened.

The tract the district court is asked to decree beyond the corporate limits comprises thee hundred and twenty acres, or one-fifth of the area of Helper.

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‘Get From Under’

Camera: Argus/Cosina STL1000 (c1970)
Film: Fuji Super F Series 250D (8562); x-08/2000; 100iso

Helper, Utah

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