Alton Evening Telegraph, February 26, 1966

Alton Evening Telegraph

February 26, 1966

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Alton Evening Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 26, 1966, Alton, Illinois Where Do Alcoholics Turn to For Help? See 1-6 The LIGHTER SIDE A Texan is a guy who doesn’t know whose picture is on a one-dollar bill. Alton Evening Telegraph Serving the Alton Community for More Than 130 Years CLOUDY SUNDAY Low SO, High 45 (Complete Weather Pg. 2) Established January 15, 1836 Vol. CXXXI, No. 37 ALTON, ILL., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1966 20 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press. Aid Rent May Be Withheld By ED POUND Telegraph Staff Writer The Madison County Department of Public Aid may have to resort to withholding rent payments for some families on assistance who are living in sub-standard housing, the Telegraph was told today. “We are going to have to re sort to it in a few areas. If we do, I’ll not hesitate,” Robert Gwin, superintendent of the Edwardsville - based office, said today. Gwin said his department could hold up rent allowances for buildings which violate local ordinances establishing health and safety standards. The Illinois Department of Public Aid was given the power, Gwin said, by legislation passed in the last session of the Illinois General Assembly. The new legislation stipulates rental payments may be withheld when there was “knowledge that a building containing housing accommodations occupied by a general assistance applicant or recipient violated any law or ordinance establishing construction, plumbing, heating, electrical, fire prevention or other health and safety standards.” The legislation, Gwin said, is “primarily aimed at slum landlords, although it is certainly not limited to the slum landlords.” Up to this time, Gwin said the department has not withheld rental payments. “We don’t have the large ownership slum dwellings - in the county,” Gwin said. “But there are a few specific cases in existence where we feel housing is sub-standard.” In these specific areas. Gwin said, the landlords will have to change their “views and attitudes” or face the loss of rental payments. Implementing the action will not be the department’s “first reaction,” Gwin said. Gwin said his department will first attempt to secure the cooperation of the property owners in these“isolated instances,” but if the owners refuse to make the improvements, the department will not hesitate in withholding rental payments. If the department decides to withheld payments in certain cases, Gwin said It will need the cooperation of city officials in the county. Caseworkers will report violations to him, Gwin said, and “I will report them to the public officials involved.” City officials will investigate and if their report confirms violations, the landlord will be notified that rent will not be paid until the violations are corrected. Gwin said the idea behind the legislation is to “give us some basis for seeing to it thai our people at least be housed in minimum standard facilities.” GRIM PROCESSION Soldiers of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division carry body of dead comrade on stretcher to row of others killed fighting the Viet Cong in Boi Loi Woods in South Viet Nam. The platoon was attempting to capture a Viet Cong bunker in the area. (AP Wirephoto) Emergency Meeting Called as City Financial Crisis Looms Apollo Moonshot Flight Successful; Picked Out of Sea CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — The first unmanned Apollo moonship successfully rocketed over a blistering 5,300-mile ballistic course today and parachuted to a landing in the south Atlantic Ocean. Recovery craft raced to retrieve it. The mission control center re-1 landing area. ported that the craft plunged; A Saturn IB, most powerful into the sea near Ascension Is- rocket b , b h land, only about 35 miles west. A ... of the main recovery ship the States» thundered away from aircraft carrier Boxer. Helicopters with frogmen aboard were dispatched to the Civilians Named Cape Kennedy (EST). at 11:11 a.m. Iii Syria CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP)—The most powerful rocket ever launched by the United States, a Saturn IB, hurled an unmanned Apollo moonship over a blazing reentry course today and the craft was recovered after parachuting into the sea. Baa INSIDE Today . . . EDITORIAL .......... A 4 The trap has sprung at last! The Hodge - Butter formula has been invoked on municipal property taxes in Madison County. DEADLINE ........... A-2 Those seatbelts must be in late-model cars at midnight Monday. HAPPY ............... AS Grafton joyously getting ready for new boat harbor. SPORTS .............. B l Madison shakes the area prep scene by upsetting the state’s third-ranked team, Belleville. FAMILY ............. A    ll Alton Children’s Theater members are making puppets for May show. ROWAN............... A-5 More trouble ahead for U.S. in Africa. DAMASCUS,. Syria (AP) -Syria’s coup leaders named two civilians to head the new regime Friday night and relaxed curfew restrictions. The left-wing military junta which seized power last Wednesday named Dr. Noured-din Atassi, 36, as chief of state, replacing deposed Gen. Amin Hafez. Dr. Youssef Zayyen, 35, was appointed prime minister in place of Salah Bitar. The announcements, made over Radio Damascus, did not identify the members of the junta, which calls itself the “Temporary Command” of the Arab Socialist jBaath party. Other civilian members of ’he government were expected to be chosen from former Cabinet members of a three-month government headed by Zayyen last year. That government fell in December when more moderate Baathists installed Bltar as premier. The “Temporary Command” announced that it would remain in power during an unspecified transition period and would retain the authority to fire the head of state and Cabinet members. Observers said this indicated that Atassi and Zayyen, both physicians, were a front for the junta to reduce its military image Most of the troops, tanks and armored cars that moved into the center of the capital during the first two days of the coup have withdrawn to the outskirts of Damascus. The radio announced that starting today residents will be allowed into the streets from 5 a m, to 9 p.m. Normal working hours will be resumed in government offices, institutions and schools, the radio said. The launching was the first of a long series of Apollo shots aimed at landing American astronauts on the moon in this decade. If there are no major problems, the historic adventure could be achieved on the 12th launching, early in 1968. The huge Saturn IB, 22 stories tall and weighing 650 tons on liftoff, blazed away from Cape Kennedy at 11:11 a.m. (EST) on the tremendous 1.6 million pounds of thrust generated by its first stage powerplant, a massive duster of eight engines. A tail of flame the length of a football field fanned out behind the rocket as it climbed upward, tilting over on a southeast heading. The rocket was launched after the shot at one time was postponed today because of problems associated with pressurizing the first stage fuel tanks. The postponement announcement was made by NASA at 10:45 a.m. (EST). Ten minutes later, as newsmen were about to leave the Cape Kennedy press site, the control center announced that a further look at data showed that the trouble had been corrected. By JIM KULP Telegraph Staff Writer Alton Mayor Clyde Wiseman has requested an emergency meeting of the finance and revenue committees to consider the city’s “critical” financial situation in the face of a ruling limiting the tax rates to the Hodge-Butler formula. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and all aldermen are being invited to attend. The result of Madison County State’s Attorney Joseph Bartylak’s opinion limiting municipal tax rates to the restrictive Hodge-But-ler formula, will be to reduce Alton’s total annual revenue by some $320,000, though Wiseman believes it will be closer to $330,000. Wiseman said he will “immediately” recommend to the aldermen that they enact a utility tax, controversial proposal currently under study in the city council. The Mayor also believes that a referendum to increase the municipal tax rates should be submitted to the voters at the next general city election in April, 1967. Wiseman had suggested to the city council that the tax rates be lowered to the Hodge-Butler formula if a utility tax was approved, an action that he said would produce about $300,000 in revenue. “Now,” he said, “we have no choice.” Alton’s financial situation prior to Friday’s announcement that the    Hodge-Butler formula was to be applied was already extremely critical, Wiseman said, “and now it’s impossible.” Asserted the    mayor: “We can’t operate this municipality without a new source of revenue.” The city’s total actual tax levy for the 1965-66 year, based on the current assessed valuation of $123,-125,902, was $1,101,778, Wiseman said. What would be realized under    Hodge-But ler is $779,479, for a loss of $322,279. Furthermore, he said, the city has exhausted its borrowing power for the 1965-66 fiscal year and has only $8,000 left. Pointing up the serious nature of Alton’s    predicament, Wiseman said that already un der the present tax rates which were extended beyond the Hodge-Butler limitations, the city was unable to finance its operations under the corporate fund, streets and buildings, street lighting, refuse collection and parks and playgrounds. “Now,” Wiseman said, we wouldn’t have any funds for street lights at all,” pointing out, for example, that this fund was budgeted at $114,000 but only $46,831 was available in revenue toward meeting it. The corporate fund had $303,-000 in revenue to finance an operation totaling $948,000, according to Wiseman. In streets and bridges fund, there was a levy of $95,000 to finance an operation budgeted at $208,000, while refuse collection had a levy of $94,000 toward a $148,000 budget. Playgrounds and recreation levied $62,000 toward a budget of $139,000, and the levy for parks was $88,000 to finance a budget of $98,000. Even under its current operation the city has to fi nance its operations from other sources other than property taxes, such as sales taxes and licenses and fees, the mayor said. City Comptroller Harry Ramey said the cash position of the city is critical now, and Alton will be out of cash after about one more bill listing. He pointed out that under the Hodge- Butler formula the city cannot anticipate as much as before. Wiseman believes the amount of revenue that the city will lose will total $330,000 on the city’s total budget. “This,” he pointed out, ‘Is more than it takes to operate the fire department, or the refuse collection (Continued on Page 2, Col. 9) WM : •'    &■ There’s a Catch Iii New Tax Rate EDWARDSVILLE—The total tax rate at which Alton proper The new tax rates for Alton’s property owners under the Hodge - Butler formula may look good at first, but there’s a catch. A house with a price tag of $12,000. with an assessed valuation of $7,200, is billed for $66.66 annually by the city under the tax rates extended beyond the Hodge-Butler limi- ty owners be billed for tax-tations    es    sPrinS    1S    $3-492    for    each Under the Hodge-Butler formula rate, the city’s share of this home’s taxes will be reduced to $49.19, or $17.47 less. But what is that going to do to Alton’s operations? Mayor Wiseman says it will curtail or stop them, if no new source of revenue is found. The average homeowner may be gleeful over the news of his lower tax bill, but, says the mayor, “that won't do him any good if his garbage isn’t picked up anymore.” Alton Tax Rate Falls 5.6 Cents District taxes or those extended for retirement of Wood River Township Hospital bonds. Five items making up t h e new $3,492 total rate for most property in Alton are: Madison County tax rate, 26.1 cents per $100 assessed valuation, a raise of 6.6 cents; Alton Township rate, 16.1 cents, a one-mill drop; City of Alton (corporation) rate, 69.2 cents, a cordance with Hodge-Butler formula restrictions; Civic Memorial Airport rate,,-. 4.7 cents, an increase of two mills; and the $2,331 rate for Alton Community Unit District 11, which climbed 8.7 cents. While most Alton property owners will find their tax bills slightly lower this spring, the City of Alton faces a financial dilemma through a huge > I i * < s pay Payless Pay Day Faces Alton Mayor Asserting, “I may not get paid this month,” Alton Mayor Clyde Wiseman said this morning that the city’s cash position, determined definitely late Friday, showed a potential $8,000— with a monthly payroll of $80,000 to $90,000. The city has a negligible sum on hand. Wiseman said, and its borrowing power, since State’s Attorney Joseph Bartylak ruled that tax rates must be determined on the basis of the Hodge-Butler Act, stands at $8,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends March 31. By THOMAS A. REEDY SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — U.S Marines fought off a determined Viet Cong attack near Chu Lai today and U.S. artillery duelled with enemy mortar fire as the Communists continued to step up their offensive. Today’s attack by about IOO Red troops on a 50-man Marine unit marked the second time in two days that the Viet Cong struck at U.S. emplacements. A force of 160 Leathernecks hurled back a Viet Cong attack Friday night at Phu Bai, killing three Communists, spokesmen said. Marine losses were reported light. Viet Cong Target Today’s target for the Viet Cong was Phu Loi, an artillery base area 15 miles north of Saigon. U.S. spokesmen said the Reds fired 16 mortar rounds, but casualties were light. The Viet Cong were also active in the northern part of the Mekong Delta, attacking a government outpost Friday 60 miles southwest of Saigon. A spokesman said the 60-man defense force suffered heavy casualties. For the fourth straight day, air attacks over North Viet Nam were hampered by poor weather. An Air Force spokesman said all the bombing Friday was by radar. Depot Smashed Air Force pilots flying F105 Thunderchief jets smashed at an ammunition depot and storage area five miles from the city of Vinh. Other Air Force targets included the Vinh Loc bridge and highway complex. Navy Skyraiders and F4 Phantoms from the carrier Ranger hit a mountain pass Friday 37 miles southwest of Vinh. Giant B52 bombers hit petted Viet Cong targets in “D” zone about 30 miles northeast of Saigon, a U.S. spokesman said. The guerrilla stronghold has been hit many times by previous B52 raids. In the ground war, the Viet Cong attack on the U.S. Marine position began with a barrage of mortars and recoilless rifles. $100 of assessed valuation reflecting a net decrease of 5.6 cents from last year’s rate figure. The new Alton rate, announced Friday afternoon at the office of County Clerk Eulalia Hotz, applies to all property in, ,    . the city-township except those j slash of 21 cents from the past I    m f °Pera^ing revenue be- annexed areas continuing to year, due to extension of a mu- causf . Jl-cent cut in cor* Godfrey Fire Protection nicipal rates this year in ac-1 j*31? f,x    ,    er :-:-I- Hodge-Butler formula. The Alton corporate rate for 1964 of 90 2 cents per $100 on which taxes became due last year, was extended in excess of Hodge - Butler restrictions. This year, however, the corporate rate — including component items affected — will be extended to conform with the Hodge - Butler “scaling-down” provisions and the new rate of Marines.    69.2 cents is 21 cents less per The latest body count said $100 of assessed valuation than that 18 Viet Cong bodies were last year, found together with four subma- Principal item in the 15 mak-chineguns, four rifles and 50 mg up the new 69.2-cent Alton Commies Step Up Offensive; Marines Repel Cong Attack The main attack came at dawn when Viet Cong fighters managed to cut their way through the outer triple apron of wire. 18 Cong Bodies As they clawed through the single inner wire strand the assault was halted by concentrated small arms fire and artillery support from the embattled hand grenades, ties were light. Marine casual- corporate rate is the general fund tax rate, being extended Jakarta Atmosphere Taut After Sukarno Crackdown By JOHN CANTWELL SINGAPORE (AP) — Indonesian tanks, armored cars and troops blocked all roads to President Sukarno’s palace today and helicopters kept watch against student demonstrations, reliable sources said. The atmosphere in Jakarta was “tense — almost explosive” in the wake of Sukarno’s crackdown on student rallies, the sources said. The anti-Communist, proarmy Indonesian Student Action Front — KAMI — banned by Sukarno Friday, received a pledge of support from the 150,000 member Moslem Students Union, the informants added. But it was not knowm if the army would continue to jive tacit support for the students, who have demonstrated to pro- One Viet Cong who said he at the maximum figure of 13.9 was a stretcher bearer was cap- (cents per $100 assessment perjured.    mitted    under Hodge-Butler for mula restrictions. Last year the Alton general rate item was 26.37, or 12.47 cents more than the rate now permitted. The other 14 items entering into the new corporate rate are, with last year’s figures shown in parentheses: Streets - bridges, 4.23 cents (8 04 cents); street lighting, 4 cents (3.96 cents); police pen sions, 5.09 cents (4 39 cents); firemen pensions, 2.12 cents (1.87 cents); retirement fund, 4 52 cents (4.31 cents); public test Sukarno’s ouster of Gen. Abdul Haris Nasution as defense minister. Sukarno outlawed KAMI after three days of massive demonstrations, Radio Jakarta said Davenport Residents Eye Sunshine., Mild Weather sus- Friday. He banned all demon-j Parks> 446 cents (7 68 cents); strations and imposed a curfew playgrounds - recreation, 2.78 on the capital, the radio added lcents (5 cents); garbage col-A broadcast today indicated *etJlon» cents, under a new that the curfew now extends ordinance permitting a four-hours longer. Radio Jakarta !tnt, ra*se ^.®1); municipal said it would be in effect from Pf * cents (unchanged); 9;JHI p.m. to 6 a.m.    library, 6.65 cents (7.29 cents); i j *    „    ,    .    bonds and interest. 9.36 cents KAMI led a five-mile-long fu- ,Q ld    Vt    . , Z ral h*??rt°f r 'T StUd™,S ™lls (*«    lodgments through Jakarta Friday rn mn- * » V,_    . J K *’ through Jakarta Friday in con nection with protests over Sukarno's Cabinet shakeup. Marines and police with machine- ■ danger had passed as gum watched the mart* but the I    VJhTELiTS    J* iver dronned closer to tho armv cvmnathiMii with tho ct,.    •    edge    Butler restrictions. DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) —Iwater Officials counted on a forecast ||he river dropped closer to the army sympathized with the stu-of weather today to help break up ice choking the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. 7.7 mills (9.8 mills); emergency purchasing, 17.6 cents (1.3 cents). Some of the items w'ere not more sunshine and mild!1’    stage    ,eYe*’ 11 dents, reports in Singapore said.i    items    en»ering    th<) registered 15 9 at one time in The funeral parade was or-1 tota^ tax ret#Tor the last 24 hours.    gam,.od after it was reported About 20 tons of coal dust I hat three students - one a girl w,, lr lh lr . v. ' were sprayed over an area at - ware shot dead bv guards alrev Ffrl    PS    ST the head of the Gorge Friday, during another KAMI demon- #* I ,5, 1 rot 6011011 For the third day,    the attack    Dr. Ernest W Marshal, an ex-    strath Im ide SukZ"    T ™‘e'    ** on the eight-mile    long (am    pert brought here from the Ar    palace Thursday The students    .    . ’ ,    ?    !he ,rate for re called for spreading    pulverised    my Engineers Lake Survey Dls-S denSalJ agtUnrtThf    "JST °!    b°"d‘ of Wood Wv coal on the Ice to absorb solar    trjct „ Detroit. Mich., went to    ouster of Nasution anantl-Com.    fa ro*nshlp    I,osp,,al I)istrlcl heat and hasten the melting pro- ,he ice pack by helicopler and munist » ho Its! a purge of Com-    '    J    drop' cess*    *»M there were definite signs monists after the Oct. I Authorities indicated that high1 of thawing. Badly-Beaten Boy Left in Alley (Picture Page 2.) A 13-year-old Wood River boy was beaten about the head and left lying in a pool of blood Friday night near an alley off Second street, police reported. Donald Lee Rushing, son of Mrs. Laverne Rushing, 530 Third St., was apparently attacked by two assailants who trapped and beat him with clubs in a garage near the spot where he was found, police said. Bleeding profusely from a head wound, the teen-ager was found by Mrs. Herman Yost in the backyard of her home at 470 N. Second St. Mrs. Yost reached down to check the boy’s head wound and found blood on her hand. Her husband called an ambulance and the police department. Two blood-spattered clubs, fashioned from a split 2-by-4 were found laying near the boy. Police Officers Harold Ingram and Ralph Skinner, assigned to investigate, reported that a struggle apparently occurred on a gravel-floor of the garage nearby. The injured boy’s shoe and glove were found on the west side of the garage. Two wool caps were found in the garage. In addition, investigators found five $1 bills and 19 cents on the garage floor at the scene of the attack, along with some food packages. Police Lt. Clarence Vollintine was called to head the investigation Friday night. The Rushing boy was taken to Wood River Township Hospital and later transferred to St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, where he was reported in serious condition today. coup attempt. Sources in Singapore reported that three KAMI students were killed Thursday and two wounded the day before in demonstrations outside the palace. The Malaysian government radio said at least five students were killed, five seriously wounded and 14 slightly injured dunng protests last week. Nasution has disappeared from Jakarta. Hts wife, reached by telephone in the capital, said she did not know where he had gone. Diplomatic travelers reported earlier this week that some Sili-wangi units were oidered to Jakarta to protect Nasution. Rittman Bandit Sticks lip H (anan CHICAGO (AP) — Zwot! “His face was covered with m Batman mask and he was wear mg bat gloves,” Mary Green told police in describing a jnan who nibbed her Friday. Mrs. Green, 45, said she wa? returning through an alley to her apartment from a neighbor hood grocery when a man ap preached partly costumed liku Batman on television. She told police he put his hand over her mouth and grabbed her purse, which contained $3 and personal papers. ;