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Austin, Thomas
appeared in Fenelon Falls Gazette, 30 Oct 1880, p. 2, column 4
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THE SCHOOL RATE.--Mr. Thomas Austin, who has been appointed collector for the current year, was around the village delivering tax-bills on Wednesday last, and as a "special school-rate" has been inserted in writing between the printed lines, a great many of the people are suspicious that the new item is in some way connected with the Davis defalcation, and want an explanation. It is very easy to give one. In former years the entire amount required for all school purposes whatsoever was collected under the heading of "general school rate," but a change has now been made, and while the money needed for teachers' salaries and other expenses is raised under the old heading, and will be handed over to the trustees or their representative, the $450 required to be debentures and interest thereon will be collected under the "special rate" (as it ought always to have been) and retained by the village council, which body is responsible for borrowed moneys. The new item does not, therefore indicate any addition to the school tax, and has nothing to do with the late Treasurer; though probably if he had not feloniously appropriated the funds in his hands the old system of collection would have been adhered to.

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Austin, Thomas