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and shall notify the various county clerks of the percent. age so ordered to be added to or substracted from the valuation of property in their respective counties. It shall then be the duty of the various county clerks to add to or deduct from the total value of the property assessed to each party, the percentage so ordered, and collect the taxes accordingly: Provided, That the said Board of Equalization is hereby expressly forbidden to raise or lower the aggregate grand total of the valuations of the taxable property of said Territory as returned by the several county boards of equalization: And, provided further, That said board shall assess the rolling stock of railroads and all other property not otherwise provided for: Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize said Board of Equalization to levy a higher or greater rate of Territorial or other taxes to be levied by it, than is now, or may hereafter be allowed by law.
SECTION 2. That Article seven, of Chapter seventy, of the Statutes of Oklahoma Territory, of 1893, and Article one, of Chapter forty-three of the Session Laws of said Territory for the year 1895, and all Acts and parts of Acts in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.
SECTION 3. This Act shall be in force and effect from and after its passage and approval.
Approved February 24th, 1899.
ARTIOLE 4.--TERRITORIAL Tax.
Oklahoma, of 1897.
Be it Enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory
SECTION 1. That Section 1, of Article 11, of Chapter 32, of the Session Laws of Oklahoma, of 1897, be, and the
Limitation of taxes.
same is hereby amended to read as follows: Section 1. The rate of general Territorial tax shall not be less than one-half mill nor more than three mills on the dollar valuation, and in addition one-half mill each year for the erection and support of a Territorial Normal School at Ed. mond, and one-half mill each year for the support of a Territorial Normal School at Alva, and one-half mill each year for the erection and support of the Oklahoma University at Norman, and one-tenth of a mill each year for the support of the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Stillwater, and one-tenth of a mill each year for the support of the Colored Agricultural and Normal University at Langston, and one-tenth of a mill each year for the support of the School for the Blind, and two-fifths of a mill each year for the support of the School for the Deaf and Dumb, and such levies for county purposes as are hereinafter provided, to be apportioned to the different funds as hereinafter provided, and such other purposes as may be authorized by law: Provided, That all funds collected under the provisions of this Act for the benefit of the Territorial educational institutions be and the same is hereby appropriated to the purpose for which it is col. lected.
SECTION 2. All Acts and parts of Acts in conflict here. with are hereby repealed.
SECTION 3. This Act shall be in full force and effect from and after its approval.
Approved March 9th, 1899.
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS.
An Act relating to roads and highways, and amendatory of Section
21, of Article 1, of Chapter 72, of the Statutes of Oklahoma, of 1893, entitled “Roads and Highways,” and Article 1, of Chapter 44, of the Session Laws of Oklahoma, of 1895, entitled “An Act to Amend Section 19, of Article 1, of Chapter 72, Statutes of Oklahoma, 1893, entitled 'Roads and Highways.'”
Be it Enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the Territory
SECTION 1. That Section 21, of Article 1, of Chapter 72, of the Statutes of Oklahoma of 1893, entitled "Roads and Highways,” be, and the same is hereby amended to read as follows: Section 21. Whenever it shall appear in consequence of sickness or absence from home, or from any other cause, that the road work aforesaid shall not be performed within the time specified in this Act, or when the township board shall deem such work unnecessary, the overseer is hereby authorized to require the performance of such work at any time prior to the tenth day of November then next ensuing, and in case any person shall neglect or refuse to do the four days work, or furnish a substitute, or pay the sum of one dollar per day, or plant the trees as provided by this Act, or if any person shall appear at the proper time and place as directed by the overseer and neglect or refuse to do a reasonable day's work according to his ability, the road overseer shall certify all such delinquent road taxes to the county clerk, who shall place the same on the tax roll for collection, subject to the same penalties and to be collected in like manner as other taxes are by law collected, and the same when collected shall be paid to the road district from which collected, and be expended in improving the roads and highways therein. SECTION 2. Article 1, of Chapter 44, of the Session Poll tax, ex
emptions. Laws of Oklahoma, of 1895, entitled "An Act to Amend Section 19, of Article 1, of Chapter 72, of the Statutes of Oklahoma of 1893, entitled 'Roads and Highways,'” is hereby amended to read as follows: Section 1. All male persons between twenty-one and fifty years of age, who have resided thirty days in this Territory, who are capable of performing labor on public highways, and who are not a township or county charge, shall be liable each year to perform four day's work of eight hours each on the public roads, under the direction of the road overseer within whose district or ward they may respectively reside, or furnish a substitute to do the same, or pay the sum of one dollar per day to any road overseer, who shall receipt for the same and expend it in repairs on the public roads within his district or ward, and any money so received and not expended shall be paid over to his successor in office, who shall expend the same as above provided: Provided, That one dollar per day shall be allowed for a team when used at the discretion of the overseer. Provided further, That upon proof being made to the road overseer by any person that he has planted, cultivated and [has) growing on his homestead, east and west along the public highway, two rows of one hundred and sixty healthy forest or shade trees one rod apart, and that he will continue to cultivate and replant the same for the period of three years thence next ensuing, the overseer is hereby authorized to exempt said person each year for the period of four years, from two days' work provided for by this section, but only after proof of said cultivation of said trees each year: Provided, This provision does not apply to persons having homesteads coinposed of wood land along the public highways. SETCION 3. It shall be unlawful for any road overseer Road over
seers neglect. to knowingly neglect or fail to notify any person liable misdemeanor to do work upon the roads as in this Act provided, to do
such work, or for such overseer to fail or neglect to certify to the county clerk the delinquent road tax as required in this Act, and it shall be unlawful for any such overseer to issue any receipt or certificate to any person showing or certifying that such person has done or performed road work in excess of the work by such person performed on the roads or paid money in excess of the money actually by such person paid. And any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misde
Prosecucions before justice.
SECTION 4. Any person liable to perform road work as required in this Act who having been duly notified to perform such work shall fail or refuse to comply with such notice and perform such work or furnish a substitute therefor as required in this Act, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by confinement in the county jail for a period of ten days, or by a fine of not less than ten dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment: Provided, That it shall be the duty of the road overseer to file a complaint before some justice of the peace of his township against such person so refusing or failing to comply with such notice within ten days after such failure or refusal. And any road overseer failing to file such complaint shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as in this section provided for the person so refusing. And the justices of the peace are authorized to hear and determine such actions.
North and east
SECTION 5. That Section 1, of Article 3, of Chapter 44, foad district. of the Session Laws of 1895, be, and the same is hereby
amended to read as follows:' That hereafter, exclusive of work performed on roads in the interior of each road district in this Territory, it shall be the duty of road overseers to work the roads on the north and east lines of their road districts respectively: Prorided, That whenever the south or west lines of any road district do not, for aty reason, adjoin another road district, the road overseer