Volume III Number XXI C I V I C A S S 0 C I A T I 0 N l ,r r2 J r 1) '-._; J \ r J \ August 14, 1949 il1EETING A very important meeting of the Civic Association will be held at 8:30 Friday night, August 19th, in the Recreation Building. Among matters to be discussed will be the appointment of a nominating committee for the new officers. The new officials will be elected at the September meeting. The ne w fiscal year the asso at ion starts at the meeting in October. Another important matter to be discussed will be the tax situation' as pertains to Temple Terrace. As explained elsewhere in the paper, the problem is a n important one and everyone should have the right and privilege to express an opinion. Copies of the June 26th issue of The CRIER, with the city's last financial statement, will be available at the meeting. Inasmuch as the Civic Association was brganized several years ago to uromote Temple Terrace and since it has done so muc.h to improve the city since it was organized, it should receive the support of all the residents. If you do not attend the meet i ngs to express your oninion on matters pertaining to the city you are doing yourself a nd your neighbor an injustice because it is only by cooperation from all that success is achfeved. All residents are invited to attend, whether they be members of the association or not. New residents are especially invited.
T E M P L E T E R R. A C E Gasper Bua Ray Knopke Editors and Publishers Published semi-monthly in the interest of the residents of the City of Temple Terrace, Florida. Distributed to the subscribers the second and fourth Sundays of each month. P.O. Box 5645 Phones: 3$-2832 Per copy .10 Tampa 5, Fla. 3$-2751 Yearly $1. 50 T 0 W N VALUATIONS AND REVENUE C R I E R Probably by now everyone in Temple Terrace has received a card from the County Tax Assessor which shows the new value of his property. Everyone is also familiar with the fact that all property been increased in amounts ranging from to 65%. The new ass.essments were made by County officials and your City Commission ers had not.hing whatever to do with the value placed on your property. Your City Commissioners do, however, have the power to set the millage within the City up to the rate of 20 mills which was the limit set by the State Legislature some years. ago. For the past several years the rate has been set at 20 mills. During that time most property owners did not oay any taxes to the city because the home and property was assessed at less than the homestead exemption of ,QOO. 00 Now, since many of the homes have been assessed at higher figures the city will start collecting 20 mills on most of the homes in Temnle Terrace. For example, if your home was assessed at $4,500.00 in 1948, you paid no taxes to the city .. Now, if your assessed value has been increased to 1p6 ,500. 00, you will pay taxes to the city in the amount of $30.00. If the millage was reduced by 2 mills your tax would be t27.oo, and so forth. Last year the city received in taxes from real estate approximately $4,300.00. Of this amount, was returned to United Assets under the bond agreement. This left the city with $3,000.00. Under the new assessments the city should receive approximately $7,300.00. Of this amount, it is estimated that $2,500.00 will be returned to United Assets, reducing the amount owed them that much faster. These figures are based on the millage remaining at 20 mills. If the millage.was reduced to 15 mills the amount the city should get would be f.?5,500.oo and with returned to United Assets the city would have ;3,700.00 income. Needless to say, we feel that the city could well use the increased income under the oresent rate of millage. The city now has as its sources of income the Golf Course, the Nater ')epartment, the Util ity Tax, the Street Assessment and the tax on property. In the June 26th issue of The TOWN CRIER the statement of Income and Disbursements for the city vms nrinted in full. This explains how your tax money has been expended. In view of the fact that not much direct benefit would be gained by individuals in reducing the tax one, two or three mills, it has been suggested that the tax rate be left as it is and certain services be improved and where possible be given without charge. For example: At the present time,.the charge for sanitary services is 00 per month. If the tax rate should stay at 20 mills this charge could be eliminated and in addition, better service could be given; resurfacing of the streets could be done at a more rapid (continued Commissioners page)
SfiIMMING POOL NEns Recently the Temple Terrace Swimming Pool has received some very good.publicity as a result of the accomplishments of the swimming team, made up of local children. Much of the success of the team has been due to the efforts of two residents of the Terrace who not so long ago were themselves learning to swim. Miss Janice Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Smith, learned to S'll'lrim at an early age and in 1937, when Coach Johnny Upson was teaching swimming here, entered into competition with others at various pools. Whitney Pinnell, son of Mr. and 1'rs. R. E. Pinnell, has.also done much to help with the training of the children. He, too, learned to swim almost before he could walk and has always been active in aquatic sports. In 1940 Janice and ivhitney represented Temple Terrace School in several meets and in a Junior Eigh all city meet Temple Terrace came in second; the following year, the s wimmers were first. Under Upson's training Janice w on the midget girls championship, sponsored by the city of Tampa in 194o and 1941. participated in West Coast and State meets and did very well. served in the Navy during the war and did a lot of oompeti :i ve swimming for the squadron to which he was attached. T he life-guard during the summer has been Marion Dees. His dad taught him to swim when he was four years old, by throw inr:; him in a lake and letting him get to shore the best way--possi'0le. Marion made it and ever since has spent most of his spare time swimming and teaching others to swim. ij'Vhile in high school was a member of the Hillsborough team and at the present time holds the city backstroke record for high school swimmers, Spec in the backstroke, he has also won City, Regional and Big Ten medals in various meets. Terrace has indeed been fortunate in having three such capable and interested young people volunteer their services in coaching the children and helping them to increase their skill. Several children have shown promise of becoming great swimmers. Past performances have been excellent as was shown when Temple Terrace won both meets with Davis Islands and Sulphur Springs. Some of the swimmers now training for the next meet are Bill and Frank Porter, Ronnie Billie and Jackie Ritter, Scuppy and Seth Crippen. The girls have also made an excellent showing .in their events. Gloria Kaspar, Adele Roller, Katherine Duncan, Joanne Bennett and Beth Crippen are all good swimmers and in some events can give the boys some stiff competition. Needless to say, both Mr. and W.rs. Parks, as managers of the pool, have been deeply appreciative of the help and cooperation shown by all those participating ih the program. ****************************************************************** Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Wardwell are vacationing in Washington, D. C. with plans to visit New York, Maine and Canada. They expect to re-turn to the Terrace about the 20th of Augus t *"'**** ?J[r. and Y.rs. Frank Porter and family have been enjoying a pleasant vacation during the past ten days. Friends hearing from them have been told of the nice home they were fortunate in securing; located near a beautiful golf course and within walking distance of a large swimming pool. The Porters feel that this is one of the best vacations they have ever had. All the conveniences of home could n aturally be found only in Temple Terrace and that is where the porters are spending their vacation. Mr. and Mrs. W.l.:. Mcsweeney have returned from a three week vacation trip to North Carolina and points north. Carol will return the latter part of the w eek after two months at Camp Junaluska.
COMMISSIONERS MEETING The regular monthly meeting of the Board of City held Tuesday, August 2, 1949, was high-lighted by discussion of the new valuation of property in Temple Terrace, with valuation of for real property and $23,160.00 personal or a total $371,940.00 before equalization as set by the Hillsborough County Tax Assessor, and the wisdom of reducing the local millage rate. No action can be taken in the matter, however, until the Equalization Board adjourns and the local roll is made official. Before any definite action is taken by the Commissioners, local property owners, if interested, will be given an opportunity to express their views in the matter. A marked decline in golf play over the local course was attributed to hot weather and the fact that the Forest Hills Club has reduced green fees on Saturday, Sunday and holidays from $1.50 to The Commissioners and Golf Course wanager Brook believed that the only way to meet this competition would be for Temple Terrace to pu"!; the green fee back to j;l. 00 which had been the charge on the local course prior to last October; this new rate to become effective August 6, 1949. Monthly rates will remain the same $.5.00 for a family membershin. ('The were asked by Mr. Brook to consider the lowering of the minimum amount of square footage set in the Building Code for certain p roperty in the "F" section, now owned by him and in acreage. There is a possibility that this orouerty will be sold to a developer .who plans to sub-divide into acre tracts if homes can be erected of 750 square foot minimum, also if the City is in a position to furnish to new homes in the nroposed development. This tract. of land l _ies between Ridgedale Road and 56th St. and north of Temple Terrace Bighway. The prospective developers of this tract were requested to outline their plans in writing for study by all Commissioners and City Attorney before any definite commit ments might be made. Other matters to be discussed but on which no action was taken was the date the books will be opened and closed for a permanent registration of local electors; legal action to be instituted to collect the remainder of the Street Improvement Assessment yet unpaid, which involves only three or four property owners at the present time; auxiliary water pump; condition of golf course; and possibility of obtaining an additional piece of mowing equipment. H. P. WARD.1ELL City Clerk ****************************************************************** Valuations and Revenue continued rate than the present income allows. It is hoped that earnest consideration of all sides of the matter will be given. Your City Commissioners want to know how you feel and your opinions will be very much appreciated. The Editors ****************************************************************** ******************************************.** ***** ************** Major M.R. Bittikofer and family are leaving Temple Terrace Sunday or Monday to reside in Washington, D. C. Major Bittikofer is being transferred so that he can attend the Army school for Engineers. The dance sponsored by the Civic Association July 30th was a success both financially and from the number of people attending who stated they had a good time. Mr. Bass Ri-chardson deserves a vote of thanks for his untiring efforts in making the affair so successful. ******* Mrs. Mccarley and Jerry are planning to leave in a few days for a two weeks stay in Birmingham, Alabama. (Ed. note: Dot, we'll watch for you.)