These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.


Aug. 14, 1979

Parsons city commissioners adopted a 1980 budget with minor changes from the 1979 budget. The budget called for a levy of 55.71 mills, down 1.71 mills from a levy of 57.42 mills for the 1979 budget. Expenditures would be up $791,341 to $4,833,356 from $4,042,015. An increase in the city’s assessed valuation from $23,377,572 to $24,932,167 was one reason for the higher proposed expenditures. The levy would raise $1,389,151 in taxes. The budget included a 7% salary increase for city employees.

The Oswego City Council approved a 1980 budget and adopted ordinances for a cable television franchise and for an increase in sanitation rates. Rufus Monroe, city clerk, said the 1980 budget showed a half-mill decrease. The levy would be 46.91 mills. The total budget would rise $470,587, from $1,772,109 for 1979 to $2,242,696 for 1980. A 25% sanitation rate hike was first presented about a month earlier, as the first increase in 13 years. Residential service would be $3.15 a month, Monroe said. The cable television franchise was with Jerico Cable TV Construction Co. of rural LaHarpe. The city clerk said the service would be available to Oswego residents and those who lived close to the city probably within a year. There would be a $15 installation charge, plus an $8 monthly fee.


Aug. 14, 1989

Neosho County commissioners gave final approval to a 1990 county budget, reflecting an increase in property taxes to compensate for a drop in the county’s tax base. The $4.6 million budget would be supported by about $1.88 million in property taxes. The 1989 $3.4 million budget received about $1.73 million in property tax support. The county’s assessed valuation fell from $58 million in 1989 to $56 million for 1990 as the result of reappraisal of all county property. The tax rate for the 1989 budget of 29.87 mills would rise to an estimated 33.53 mills. The owner of a $25,000 home in Neosho County would pay about $101 to support county services. 


Aug. 14, 1999

Chris Shultz and Sasha Hosfelt both won or shared three titles, and Sheryl Posch became a doubles champion as the junior division of the annual John Daley/Parsons city tennis tournament bounced to a close at the Dodds Courts in Forest Park. Shultz, who led Parsons High school boys in the school’s first state team title in May, breezed to crowns in Boys 16-18 singles and Boys 13-15 singles besides teaming with Jason Kearns to win Boys 16-18 doubles. Hosfelt won Girls 8-12 singles and shared doubles crowns with Molly Kearns (Girls 10-12) and Jesse Hosfelt (Mixed). Posch, a two-time state high school champ who led Vike girls to a state team title in the fall, won Girls 16-18 singles and teamed with Lacey McMunn to win Girls 16-18 doubles.

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