Sunday, June 26, 2011

Road Labor Tax!

“I finished working our road tax this forenoon.  Cultivated corn this afternoon.  Father finished cultivating the potatoes.”

In the 1800s, townships compelled a road labor tax. The State of New York, for example, assessed eligible males a minimum of three days of roadwork under penalty of fine of one dollar. The labor requirement could be avoided if the worker paid a fee of 62.5 cents a day.

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