Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 11, 1974, Page 8

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April 11, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Tho Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thurs., April ll, 1974 ai,    .    -p r\ I* r r* I Consumer Advocates May Alternare lax Keller Eyed see Farm side of coin DES MOINES (UPI) - Legislative leaders are 'seriously considering dumping a proposal to lift the sales tax on food and prescription drugs and going to a sales tax credit to help low-income Iowans. The sales tax credit approach, similar to one implemented in 1967 and repealed in 1969, would be part of a tax-break package last month and may not act on ; ble and “we’ll have to wait and , During debate on the sales the bill at all.    see    how some of the other ap- tax exemption bill, several law- nrrvr\»*i otiAn I'm lie Itirlnrl un 1 ^ Lt. Gov. Arthur Nett ac- Pr(>Pria,ion bills Wnd UP-knowledged thai leaders arc    A    Nightmare contemplating the package deal Republicans contended when approach and would reach a de- j the sales tax credit was re-cision soon about what will be pealed that the numerous ad- that lawmakers are hammering out as a means to speed adjournment of the 1974 session. included in the deal. “I can’t say exactly what will be in it right now, but it will be some type of combination of the tax-break proposals,” Neu said. .t . , , ,    ,    Tile    sales    tax    credit would be Also mc I tided as likely parts designed to provide up to $12 per person for individuals earn ing less than $6,000 annually. Neu 'said both the amount of money refunded and the dollar-limit on income would be flexi- of the compromise package would be a plan offered by Sen. Warren Curtis (R-Cherokee) that would triple the standard deduction on Iowa income tax returns and a house-passed bill doubling the exemption on the state inheritance tax. Leaders have expressed concern over projections by State Comptroller Marvin Selden and legislative fiscal Director Gerry Rankin that the state could wind up with up to $30 million deficit in 1977 if all Itax -break proposals are approved. Bill Approved The sales tax exemption bill! gunshot, has been approved by both I Night Marshal Keith Wal-chambers, but remains in a con- lerich said the incident hap-ference committee after the pened at about 1:30 a.m. April 6 house tacked on an amendment while he was on patrol and his that also would exempt home, wife and five children were heating fuel. The conference1 sleeping upstairs in committee has not met in the I No one was injured. ministrative problems with the law had created a “nightmare” and the statute should be thrown away. Neu said if the technical problems could be worked out, the sales tax credit would be the very “workable” alternative. “We’d like to help those who need it and the sales tax credit could accomplish this better than the sales tax exemption proposal,” Neu said. BCI Agents Aid Probe Into Shooting at Keota KEOTA — The Iowa bureau of He said three front windows criminal investigation has been and the front glass door were called into the investigation of a I shot out of his house and three shooting incident here in which holes were shot into the trunk of the night marshal’s home and the old police car. He said a .22 j squad car were damaged by caliber rifle was used in the shooting. Wallerich, who has been marshal of Keota nearly four years, said he did not take the incident as a threat against him or his family and said he had a the house, “‘pretty good idea who was re-j sponsible.” makers charged the proposal will help only middle and upper income persons and that the sales tax credit would be the best approach. An amendment offering the sales tax credit was ruled out of order by Neu earlier this year. The leading proponent of the sales tax exemption, Sen. Joan Orr (D-Grinnell), said she would fight to keep the proposal alive, but admitted she would not mind going to the sales tax credit. Not Sure “I’m not sure what the Re publicans have in mind, but it is true the sales tax credit would help the people who really need the help.” said Mrs. Orr, a member of the conference committee. The Curtis plan would triple the standard deduction for state income tax returns from $250 to $750 annually, at a cost of approximately $8 million to the state. Curtis said the proposal is designed to aid wage earners in the $8,000 to $13,000 bracket, but said he “really didn't think the proposal had much of a chance this year.” Neu said the sales tax credit and the Curtis plan could aid persons earning up to $13,000 and “that would work out fine if that’s what we finally decide to do.” The inheritance tax proposal cleared the house earlier this session and could cost up to $2 million annually. At present, the measure is in the senate ways and means committee. By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) - National consumer advocates who have been harping about high farm prices may soon have an opportunity to hear the farmers’ story first-hand. When Nancy Harvey Steorts, assistant to the U.S. secretary of agriculture for consumer affairs, was in Des Moines recently to promote Ag day, she dropped a suggestion that something should be done to better inform the consumer leaders about the farm picture. Gov. Robert Ray has picked Iowa County Posts Bridges MARENGO — The Iowa,the 50 bridges, their county board of supervisors Ian^ their tonnage. Report Excludes Campus Crime By Ford Clark IOWA CITY - It appears figures arc of little value to the FBI if they are attempting to evaluate the true crime picture in Iowa City. Crime statistics reported in the Uniform Crime Report issued by the FBI are minus one major crime in Iowa City for the year ended Dec. 31. Statistics in many other crime categories also are down. The major crime not shown on the statistics, which are compiled by the Iowa City police department for the FBI report, is the March 13 murder of U. of I. coed Sarah Ann Ottens. Iowa City, which reported a drop in crime in 1973 over 1972, does not include crimes in its report which occurred on the University of Iowa campus, such as the murder *>f Miss Ottens. Separate Entity Campus authorities, on the other hand, do not send crime statistics to the FBI. Therefore, no crimes show up in any form on the FBI report if they were committed on campus. Iowa City Public Safety Director David Epstein said university crime statistics are not included in Iowa City statistics “because the campus is a separate jurisdiction. It has its own police force and we have absolutely nothing to do with patrolling university property.” . U. of I. Director of Parking and Security John Dooley said the university “has never given crime statistics to the FBI, but we’ve been talking with the city about the possibility of including our crime figures in its annual report.” ‘Too Complicated’ Epstein said the subject “is too complicated to answer either yes or no on whether including university statistics in the city report is the proper thing to do. “We are in the process of holding conferences with university personnel to determine if including the statistics would be a proper procedure and how to go about it.” He said the current practice has been followed in Iowa City “for many years. I have no idea who started the policy.” Exact crime figures for 1973 are not readily available because the university is operating on a fiscal year and the city is operating on a calendar year. 611 Larcenies Iowa City reported 611 larcenies of over $50 in 1973 while university reports, not sent to the FBI, indicate 221 over $50 in the July-June 1972-73 fiscal year. There were 141 forcible entries reported to Iowa City police in 1973. University re ports show' 50 such crimes on campus. However, this number includes such crimes as breaking into university vending machines which fit into another category in Iowa City reports. There were three rapes and five attempted rapes reported in the Iowa City statistics in 1973 compared with seven rapes and 18 attempted rapes reported in 1972. No rapes have been reported on the U. of Iowa campus during the last two years. Off Campus This is despite the fact that a large number of rapes and attempted rapes are committed against university coeds adjacent to university property- Out of the 13 categories in the city’s report, rates were down in nine categories, two were approximately even and two showed increases. The largest increase was in the larceny over $50 classification which increased from 359 reported in 1972 to 534 in 1973. There also was a slight increase in aggravated assaults from 52 to 55. Aggravated assault statistics have not been completed by the university. Auto thefts remained the same over the last two years — 99 were reported stolen each year. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY National Fast-Food Restaurant with family dining will ba opening soon in the Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas We ore a tompony with 30 yeorj experience with proven success and ore looking tor a financially responsible owner-operotor or investor to join our franchise system. Restaurant includes o lower level for parties, conferences and smorgasbords, etc. • tow Cash Investment • Excellent Rate of Return W* have a complete troimng program to secure your success • Contact: VILLAGERS RESTAURANT, INTERNATIONAL 9 A.M.>5 P.M. (MON..FRI.) (309) 755-3057 not all banks are alike THEY SHOULD BE SHOPPED FOR LIKE ANY OTHER FAMILY NEED... You need the variety tie offer — savings and checking accounts . . . loans for any good need . . . and much more!A EQUAL HOUSING LENDER YOU MAY PAY YOUR PROPERTY TAXES HERE"] Open Mon. thru Thurs. 9 til 4:00 Friday 9 til 6 DRIVE-UP WINDOWS Mon. thru Thurs. 9 til 4:30 Tri. til 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 12 I JAITEH STATE HAAK 12ft Mil' Art*. SII    ' onrteoun titiiiLintf Sorrier AU Amninia tnsiirril Al SJO.OOH tiff I'.lhl.t :ti> I-hi Ir> voted Tuesday to give the county engineer blanket authority to post 50 bridges in the county for lighter than normal loads. The load zone signs are expected to go up on the bridges in all 16 townships in the county this week. County workmen had already begun the job of sinking the posts for the signs. The signs will restrict loads I the on the various bridges from a high of 17 tons on one bridge on old highway 6 between Ladora and Victor to a low of five tons on a number of bridges. School Impact The most immediate impact of the decision, which the supervisors said they deeply regretted having to make, is to the six school districts in the county. Bus routes will have to be re- Tompkins said he wants the school administrations to submit to the county engineer as soon as possible their proposed alternate routes taking into consideration the 50 restricted bridges. “Then we'll go out and inspect the bridges on the alternate routes so we can tell whether they are safe, whether they’ll have to be shored up or whether schools will have to pick! some other road,” Tompkins said. Supervisors Chairman Laurel J. Haas said he is afraid there is considerable danger that school buses may go over worse bridges on their alternate routes than on the bridges zoned this locations have closed or posted for light loads a number of bridges. The posting of the bridge for a light load does not assure that a farmer in the area won’t cross it with a heavier load. However, it does relieve the county of a certain legal liability if the bridge collapses when a heavier load than the posted one is carried over the bridge. The supervisors have not stated how or when they will attempt to restore these bridges to unrated status. They have assured several citizens groups that several of the closed bridges will be repaired or replaced this year. Itiis includes one north of Marengo and the bridge between Conroy and the C-road in Hilton township. However, other bridges that up the challenge and the Iowa development c o m i s s i o n is working with the U.S. department of agriculture in putting together a program for about 25 consumer leaders. Tentative plans call for the consumer advocates to arrive in Des Moines on July 14 where they will be taken to Living History Farms west of Des Moines to see a farm which represents conditions back in the 1880s. After a barbecue with a group of farmers, each consumer advocate will be assigned to a farm couple and will go to the couple’s farm. For the next day or so, the consumer advocate will live with the couple and have ample opportunity to ask questions about farming, such as the cost of machinery, fluctuations in the market, and how much profit they are making. The consumer leaders may even be called upon to help with the I chores. It’s hoped the consumer leaders will have a chance to visit ja grain elevator, a farm equipment retail store or a livestock marketing outlet. The agenda calls for the farmers’ neighbors ! to drop in on the couple on the evening of July 15 for a discussion of the farm scene with the consumer advocate. The following day the farm- week for lighter loads.    i    * -— y - • — ^‘"Dj"ed ’jn I er-hosts and the consumer lead- He pointed out the bridgesL . di . f .    ers will meet at Iowa State uni rated and posted this week are The pr()b,cm of brjdge diversity to learn about current i°n^ on.. , 3011    0. ,ma J” ®    placement and    construction    agriculture researc drawn so school buses don’t go roads, which are considered the    J . wUh thg    indivuduai    Sponsors of the program    are over bridges that aren’t strong better rural roads in the county.    brid e as t0 cost    comp|exjtv    hopeful that this one-on-one    ap- enough to safely carry them. However, when    school    buses    and even need based    on the Proach    result    in    some This will not be over all 50 of [take to the other    roads,    these    traffic: count    on the road.    meaningful    dialogue    on    a na- the bridges, however. A fully bridges may actually be in    _ tional level between Iowa farm- loaded 54-passenger school bus worse shape than    the ones on    ^ i    rv    ors an^    consumer advocates, weighs about ten tons including the farm-to-markct roads.    How-    bm OK©    UcHTIBCJ© vehicle, so any bridge rated for ever, they haven’t been inspect-    I    r    Appointed ten tons or more will be ade-cd yet, he said.    j    **■    ■    arm lire I()WA CITY __ ^ app(>jn(. quate for a bus of this size    V|J    Counties    DECORAH—A large amount ment of Prof Margaret N. However, some districts in the;    of smoke damage occurred dur- Keyes. Iowa City, to the board county have a few 60-passenger The 50 bridge postings this buses, which weigh somewhat week follow on the heels of six more when fully loaded.    bridge closings last month for Assistant County Engineer similar reasons. All these Ray Tomplins contacted school bridges flunked the bridge insuperintendents and adminis- spection that is now under way trators Tuesday and Wednesday by the county engineer’s office. to inform them of the new This is a procedure that all bridge ratings and asked them counties in the nation are hav-to redraw their bus routes to ing to conduct now. along with conform with them. A map is [highway commissions on state available in the county engi- highways. neer’s office along with a list of Neighboring counties also!of damage was given ing a chimney fire at the Walter advisors of the National Bidne farm in Highland town- Trust; for Historic Preservation, ship Wednesday    was announced today by Trust The Decorah fire department President James Biddie. She was called to the Bidne farm 12 joins william j Wagner, Des miles northeast of town at 6 j Moines, as the state’s two rep p m. By the time firemen ar- j resentatives on the board. Pro-rived. the fire had spread from fessor Keyes is on the board of the chimney into a false ceiling curators of the Iowa Society for and the walls of the kitchen the Preservation of Historic hiremen spent three hours Landmarks and was appointed fighting the blaze. No estimate [by Gov. Ray to the Terrace Hill commission for the state -V THIS EASTER. Let the fresh beauty of Bezdek’s flowers and plants bring joy to your home. 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