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CHAPTER 128.

[Published March 14, 1868.]

AN ACT to provide compensation for opening the present session,

and for indexing and completing the transcribing of the journals of the senate and assembly.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate

and assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. There is hereby appropriated to L. B. Appropriation Hills, chief clerk of the senate, for services prior to and at the organization of the senate at the present session, the sum of fifty dollars; for indexing the senate journal of the present session, the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars; and for completing the transcribing of the senate journal, the sum of two hundred dollars.

SECTION 2. There is hereby appropriated to E. W. To E.W.Young. Young, chief clerk of the assembly, for services prior to and at the organization of the assembly of the present session, the sum of fifty dollars; for indexing the assembly journal the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars; and for completing the transcribing of the assembly journal, the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars.

SECTION 3. No money hereby appropriated shall Secretary of be drawn from the treasury until [the] secretary of state to certify. state shall certify that the duties herein provided for shall have been respectively performed.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect from and after its passage.

Approved March 6, 1868.

9 Gux. LAWS.

CHAPTER 129.

[Published March 12, 1868.]

AN ACT to amend chapter 167 of the general laws of 1864, enti

tled "an act to establish lumber districts in this state and to reg. ulate the traffic in logs, timber and lumber in said districts.”

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Section one amended.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in

senate and assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Section one of chapter 167 of the general laws of 1864, relating to the establishment of lumber districts, is hereby amended so as to read as follows, to-wit : "For the purpose of inspecting and regulating the survey and measurement of logs, timber and lumber in this state, the Wisconsin river and its tributaries are hereby constituted and created a lumber district, to be known and called lumber district No. 1; the Black river and its tributaries, to be known and called lumber district No. 2; the Chippewa and its tributaries, as far up as the northern boundary line of Eau Claire county, excepting the Eau Claire river and its tributaries, to be known and called lumber district No. 3 ; the St. Croix river and its tributaries, to be known and called lumber district No. 4; Green Bay and such of its tributaries as are within this state, save and except Lake Winnebago and its tributaries, to be known and called lumber district No. 5 ; and so much of the Chippewa river as lies above the northern boundary line of the county of Eau Claire, together with the tributaries emptying into said portion of the Chippewa river, to be known and called lumber district No. 6; and the Lau Claire river and its tributaries, to be known and called lumber district No. 7."

SECTION 2. Section three of chapter one hundred and sixty seven of the general laws of 1864, relating to the location of offices, is hereby amended so as to read as follows, to wit: “The inspector of lumber district number one shall keep his office at Centralia or Grand Rapids, in the county of Wood, or Stevens' Point, in Portage county, or Wausau, in Marathon county; of district number two, at the city of La Crosse, in the county of La crosse; of district rumber three, at West Eau Claire, in the county of Eau Claire ; of district

Section three amended.

number four, at the city of Hudson, in the county of St. Croix; of district number five, at the city of Green Bay, in the county of Brown; of district number six, at Chippewa Falls, in the county of Chippewa, and of district number seven, at Eau Claire, in the county of Eau Claire.

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 6, 1868.

CHAPTER 130.

[Published March 11, 1868]

AN ACT to provide for the assessment of property for taxation,

acd the levy of taxes thereon.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate

and assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Taxes shall be levied upon all property in this state except such as is exempted therefrom.

EXEMPTIONS

etc.

SECTION 2. The property in this section described is exempt from taxation, to wit:

1st. That owned exclusively by the United States or U. 8. property. by this state

2d. That owned exclusively by any county, village, town property, town or school district in this state.

3d. Personal property owned by any religious, sci- Property of reentific, literary or benevolent association, used exclu- ment associa

ligious, benevosively for the purposes of such association, and the real tions, etc. property necessary for the location and convenience of the buildings of such association and embracing the same, not exceeding ten acres, if not leased or otherwise used for pecuniary profit. The occasional leasing of such building for schools, public lectures or concerts shall not render it liable to taxation.

4th. Personal property owned and used exclusively Agricultural so. by any state or county agricultural society, and the lands owned and used by any such society exclusively for fair grounds

Indians.

Debts and credito.

Furniture. etc.

Provisions and fuel.

Fire companies 5th. Fire engines and other implements used for ex

tinguishing fires, owned or used by any organized fire company, and the buildings and necessary ground connected therewith owned by such company and used exclusively for its proper purposes.

6th. The property of Indians who are not citizens,

except lands held by them by purchase. Cemeteries, etc.

7th. Lands used exclusively as public burial grounds, and tombs and monuments to the dead

therein. Pensions.

8th, Pensions receivable from the United States. Corporations. 9th. Stock in any corporation in this state which is

required to pay taxes upon its property in the same manner as individuals.

10th. So much of the debts due or to become due to any person as shall equal the amount of bona fide and unconditional debts by him owing.

11th. Wearing apparel, family portraits and libraries, kitchen furniture and growing crops.

12th. Provisions and fuel provided by the head of a family to sustain its members for six months; but no person paying board shall be deemed a member of a family.

13th. The track, right of way, depot grounds and buildings, machine shops, rolling stock, and all other property necessarily used in operating any railroad in this state, belonging to any railroad company, are hereby all and singular declared to be, and they shall henceforth remain exempt from taxation, for any purpose whatever, and it shall not be lawful to assess or impose taxes upon any property before named: provided, however, that all the property in this subdivision mentioned shall be subject to special assessments for local improvements within cities and incorporated villages; and provided, also, that all lands owned or claimed by such railroad companies not adjoining the track of such company shall be subject to all taxes to the same extent as though this act had not passed. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to any railroad operated or to be operated by horse power, now or hereafter constructed or to be constructed or operated in any of the cities of this state.

14th. The property of all insurance companies now organized or which may be hereafter organized in this state.

Railroad property.

Insurance companies.

STATE ASSESSMENT.

assessment.

SECTION 4. The members of the state senate in con State board of junction with the secretary of the state shall form a state board of assessors. Said board shall meet at the capi

. tol, in the city of Madison, on the third Wednesday in April, 1868, and biennially thereafter. The secretary of state shall prepare and lay before said board the latest statistics of population, local valuation of property, and such other statistical information as he may be able to obtain in relation to the several counties in the state, as in his judgment will assist said board in their deliberations. The board shall carefully examine said statistics, and from all the sources of information accessible to them, they shall determine and assess the . relative value of all the property subject to taxation in each county of the state. They shall set down in a list of all the counties aforesaid, opposite to the name of each county, the valuation thereof, so determined by them, which shall be the full value according to their best judgment. The list so prepared, shall be certified to by the chairman and secretary as the state assessment made by said board and delivered with the journal of the proceedings of the board to the secretary of state.

SECTION 5. The members of said board shall each compensation. receive five dollars per day during their sessions, and the mileage allowed by law to members of the legislature, to be paid out of the treasury on the warrant of the secretary of state.

SECTION 6. The secretary of state shall apportion Secretary of the state tax levied for the year among the several coun- state to apporties, and shall carry out opposite to the name of each county on the list aforesaid the amount of state tax apportioned thereto, according and in proportion to the relative valuation of each county to the aggregate valuation of the whole state, and shall thereupon, on or before the fifteenth day of May in each year, certify to the clerk of the board of supervisors of each county the amount of state tax so apportioned to and levied upon his county.

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COUNTY ASSESSMENTS. SECTION 7. The clerk of the board of supervisors County board of each county shall annually, before the fourth Mon- of assèrement. day in May, prepare a statement of the latest statistics

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