Monday, May 3, 2021

Milliron Monday: Property Tax 5 3 2021


Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography
 (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. 

Pete enjoyed being a landowner. He left the dry Colorado terrain for the lush Ohio Valley where he built his own Milliron Clinic, along with Milliron Farm. He enjoyed watching the seasons change. As a land owner, he had dreams of purchasing additional land surrounding his farm. More land for sheep, cows, horseback riding trails... and solitude. 

However, Pete realized that more land meant more property tax. As tax rates increased, he became an active member of the Athens County Taxpayers Association Inc. (ACT), a "non-profit corporation charted in 1979 to study and disseminate information on all forms of taxation, appraisal procedures, levys, collection of all taxes and to promote equitable tax laws and regulations. It is an open organization and solicits input by interested citizens."

Besides raising livestock, the many miles of Milliron Farm horseback trails was of great importance to Pete. His getaway was riding the canopied trails filled with Ohio flora and fauna. He could leave the fast-paced veterinarian world for a quieter scene - one in which he controlled how fast or slow he traveled. On horseback he found time with God - time to contemplate the purchase of another tract of land to increase his territory, which increased his property tax.
 


Have a great week ahead.


Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.


 

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