Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 19, 1974, Page 7

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April 19, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 19, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedai- Rapids Gazette: April 19, 1974 House Wrestles Pollution Device lax Break DBS MOINES (AP) A bill to provide property tax ex- emptions for industry on air and water pollution control devices they are required to install was before the house again Friday. The house wrangled into the evening over the bill Thurs- day but finally adjourned after a squabble over in- terpretation of the rules. Reps. Norman Roorda (R- Monroe) and Floyd Millen (R- Fannington) said some kind of tax break must be given in- dustry on pollution control de- vices they are required by the state or federal government to install. Other States Millen said 43 other states already provide a tax break on such devices and Iowa must follow suit or new in- dustry will shun the state and some industries already here will move out. Some of the devices cost millions of dollars, he said. He cited the Sioux City Stock- Floyd Millen yards, which he said is being compelled to spend ?3.5 mil- lion to roof the stockyards to keep animal wastes from being washed into the Mis- souri river after heavy rains. He said he has about 100 let- ters from industrialists declar- ing it is hard for them to remain competitive with plants in other states which grant pollution control tax breaks. But Rep. Tom Higgins (D- Davenport) called the bill "lit- tle more than a miserable, dirty bribe to industries which have polluted our air and water for so many years." He said pollution prevention is a cost of doing business and it shouldn't be paid by the taxpayers. Tax bills of other property owners will go up because the bill would erode the local property tax base, he said. "You are going to throw yet another burden on taxpayers and do it in the holy name of big Higgins charged. Rep. Sonja Egenes (R-Story City) said industry already is receiving considerable tax benefit on pollution control de- vices through accelerated tax writeoffs permitted by federal law. 'Pulling Hair' In any case, she argued, if the state is going to exempt such devices from property tax, it should pay the cost from state funds. "Why do we make local property owners pay the she asked. She said Illinois has a law similar to the bill and officials are "pulling out their hair" Sonja Egenes trying to distinguish between devices actually installed for pollution control and those put in under the guise of pollution control but actually are to enhance company profits. Mrs. Egenes offered amend- ments to limit the exemption to devices solely for pollution control which do not result in added profits but they were voted down. The bill would allow the ex- emption on devices used "pri- marily" for pollution control. The exemption would run for 10 years starting Jan. 1, 1975, and devices or structure installed after Sept. 23, 1970 would be eligible. That date i when state air and wate quality regulations drafted b; the department of environ mental quality went into el feet. Also eligible under ai amendment added by thi house would be water im poundments to check flooding and soil erosion on farms. Rep. Wendell Pellett (R Atlantic) said such impound ments help people down stream more than they do th farmer on whose land the; exist. They put land under water so that it can't be farmed, ant officials are finding it difficul to get easements for impound ment structures even though they are paid for entirely ou of federal funds, Pellett said. "These structures are ver costly and some assessors have been assessing them as part of the farm he explained. Girl? 2, Dies, Struck by Truck DIAGONAL, Iowa (AP) An gela L. Parker, 2, has been killed in a truck pedestrian ac cident on a Ringgold countj road just north of Diagonal. Authorities said the child daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rob ert Parker of near Diagonal had been playing with a dog on the road when a pickup true] driven by Duane Campbell, 34 of near Creston approached. Investigators believe a trailer being puHed by the truck struct the girl Thursday. She died a short time later at a Mount Ayr hospital.. Road Unit: Long Truck Violations Infinitesimal AMES (AP) i- Only an infini- tesimal number of the vehicles checked by the Iowa highway commission in the year ended last June 30 were longer than permitted by state law. The percentage of length vio- lations was .003, said Dennis Ehlert, director of the commis- sion's traffic weight operations; He said in an interview that inspectors found viola-1 tions of such things as weight, permit and length statutes. But! only dealt with length vio- lations. Iowa Motor Vehicle Fue Tax Drop Told in March By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) Iowa's motor vehicle fuel tax collections dropped 17 percent in March compared to the same month a year ago. Joseph Coupal, Iowa's direc- tor of highways, reports tax receipts deposited .for gasoline and diesel fuel slipped nearly million, from in March of last .year to last month. However, these collections represent reports that are due to be filed with the state in January and February. They do ndt take into consideration the state's lower maximum speed limit, 55 mph, which went into effect March 1. 1 Possible Reasons A number of reasons might be cited for the decline includ- ing less availability of gaso- line slower voluntary speed limits, the swing to smaller cars, service stations being closed on Sunday, as well as an attempt by many lowans ;o conserve on energy. The figures cited by Coupal Harrison Weber are gross receipts and do not include any refunds on gaso- line .purchased for non-high- way use. While receipts are down for March, they are up 5.2 per- cent for the first nine months of the current fiscal year, July through March. Collections for the current nine months total compared to for the cor re spending nine months a year earlier. Tax Tumbles "It's only been.in the last two or three months that motor vehicle tax collections started to he said. While gasoline tax collec- tions are leveling off, highway construction costs are on the up-swing. Because of inflation the average cost of building road in Iowa has increased 17 percent in the past 12 months, Coupal said. He based his fig- ures on a construction cost index maintained by the com- mission. Cost Triples Among other things, Coupal said the cost of asphalt has tripled on some projects. "We're getting bids of to per ton, rather than the we were paying last he commented. The highway commission has planned to spend mil- lion during the current fiscal year on highway construction. It still plans to spend that amount, but because of infla- tion the money won't go as far. It would take another million to build the same amount of roads that the com- mission had planned, Coupal related. DOT" Conference Committee Told DES MOINES (UPI) Thi major supporters of legalizing. 65-foot double bottom trucks i Iowa were among 10 lawmaker named Thursday to a confer ence committee to iron out dif Official: Truck Strike Possible Over65-Footers DES MOINES (AP) If a bil legalizing 65-foot twin-trailer trucks does not come out of the Iowa legislature, "chances are good" there will be some kinc of truck strike, says a Teamsters iocal 147 official. Charles Kirshbaum, executive secretary of the Des Moines group, said Thursday he is not in favor of a strike but has a hard time holding his men back on it. After Gov. Robert Ray vetoed a bill last month that would have., legalized the longer trucks, Iowa Teamsters struck briefly without union authoriza- tion. A house-passed bill creating a state department of transpor- tation (DOT) contains a similar provision for longer trucks. That bill is in a senate-house conference committee. Richard Gilbert, Ray's press secretary, said the possibility of a truck strike would not change the thinking in the governor's office. Ray favors the DOT but is opposed to 65-foot double-bot- tom trucks. ferences in a bill creating state department of transpoi tation Sen. W. R. Rabedeaux (R-Wil the chief sponsor of a Ion truck bill later vetoed by Gov Robert D. Ray, and Rep. Car Nielsen who sue cessfully attached an amenc ment legalizing the longe trucks to the DOT bill, were ap- pointed to the committee. Other senate members wer. Republican Leader Clifton Lam born, Maquoketa, and Lucas De- Koster Lowell Junkins (D-Montrose) and Karl Nolir Other house members wer Reps. Richard Drake (R-Musca Lester Menke (R Calumet) and Lavern Schroeder (R-McCIelland) anc Democrat Robert Krause o Fenton. The DOT was sent to confer ence committee after the senat refused to accept the long truck amendment. Solon Residence Damaged by Fire SOLON The Rick Chase residence in the cottage reserve area near Lake Macbride sus ained considerable fire damage Thursday afternoon. Solon firemen found the interi jr of the house almost entirely engulfed in flames when they ar rived on the scene. Fire officials blamed the fire in an apparent electrical mal unction in a recently repairec elevision set. The house was not occupied a he time the blaze broke out. I vas reported by neighbors. Pierson's Florists will close at Noon Saturday, April 20. ...Our Son's _CongratuIatlong! PIERSON'S FlOWershOpanrl Greenhouses, Inc. 1800 Ellis Blvd NW Phone 366-1826 Legislative Notes by Frank Nye Iowa Was Not Only State To Protest 55 mph Limit JTYES MOINES Iowa's legislators weren't the only ones who held their noses in protest when they passed the 55 mph speed limit imposed by congress early this session. Legislative officers recently received from the Georgia legislature a copy of a resolution adopted there expressing "disgust and abhorrence of the practice of the United States congress to require the 50 states to enact legislation under the threat of having to protect their just share of the federal highway tax funds." D D C! Get 'em Out OUPPORTERS of a couple of Democratic O candidates for congressman, who also are state legislators, sponsored a new kind of party for them last fund-raiser of course. NYE Name of the party: "Get Blouin and Rapp Out of Des Moines." It was one of those BYOB affairs with set-ups and beer available along with "free sandwiches" but with "donations cheerfully anticipated." The legislator-candidates are Sen. Michael Blouin (D- Dubuque) and Rep. Steve Rapp candidates for their party's nominations in the Second and Third districts respectively. Seems that Sen. William Gluba (D-Davenport) and Rep. James Carr (D-Dubuque) were behind the affair with Carr furnishing a turkey he won recently. Other Bills in Legislature DES MOINES (AP) Bills In the low legislature Thursday. Passed Senate HFH76, To require public school dl Irlcts to provide transportation to childre attendirtQ private schools. 33-16. To aove nor. Signed by Governor SF1283, To Increase the salary of th state geoloolst from to SF1332, To appropriate for a addition to the Iowa law enforcemer academy building. SF1334, To appropriate for fl cal year and fiscal year 1975 for penses of fudges. SF1335, To appropriate to th state library commission to replace fede al funds. SF1341, To change the makeup of th owa law enforcement academy council. Passed by House 5F1124, To require cities to build cur ramos for use of the Physically han dlcapped. 91-0. To senate for action o amendment. Introduced In House HFI493, To legalize proceedfnas of th own of Buffalo In Scott county In Is suance, sale and delivery of sewer bonds Ways and means. HF1474, To legalize the transfer of school property from the Black Hawk iuchanan Joint county school system t he Independence Community school dis net. Ways and means. HF1495, To legalize proceedings of th own of Buffalo In Scott county In the Is uance, sale and delivery of water reve nue bonds. Ways and means. School Board Sets Hearing On Expulsion IOWA CITY The Iowa Cit; Community school board Thurs lay accepted the recommen lation of Supt. Merlin Ludwig hat a hearing be set May 2, on he possible expulsion of Ethan Fox, 12, of Lincoln elementary chool. Ludwig said the Fox boy ha( >een "disruptive to the educa ional program of both Lincoln school in general, and his sixth grade classroom in particular." Ludwig also said, "The schoo: as been unsuccessful in obtain- ng cooperation from the arents of Ethan Fox in an at- empt to alleviate the situa- on." Ethan is the son of Mr. and Sis. Stephen Fox of Iowa City, ?ho have filed a lawsuit n federal court in Des Moines aiming the school has failed to riginate a suitable educational rogram for their son's needs. Ludwig stressed that adminis- at Lincoln have altempt- to' set up a special program or the boy. The program would allow for dividualized instruction of the employed with hyper-ac- ve or hyper-kinetic children. The Foxes have requested lat any individualized program ould include their son continu- g in .the classroom. Man Sentenced INDEPENDBNCE-James C. rentice, 37, Brandon, pled Tiilty to a drunk driving charge district court here Thursday nd was given a suspended 60- ay jail sentence. Charged Feb. 7, he was paroled for'one year, quired to enroll in drinking river's -course and associate ith the Northeast Council on coholism, and ordered to sur- nder his license for an indefi- te period. Photo by John Mclvor Senior Citizens Feast Some 200 senior citizens from eight ,Linn county clubs got together in Walker this week under the auspices of the Senior Citizens Recreation and Social Corp. of Linn .coun- ty -for an annual jamboree. It was highlighted by a potluck noon meal and entertainment by the Lynx Singers. Shown leading the line along -food table on the left is Mrs. Ray Eaton, 72, of Center Point. Hay Signs Foundation Aid Bill DES MOINES (AP) Go' lobert Ray signed into law Fr ay a bill to pump another nillion into the state schoi oundation plan intended to giv eachers a 6.5 percent pay raise Ray also signed the so-calle puppy mill" bill, which set iandards for the care of am nals, especially by breeders. The foundation aid bill make everal changes in the schoo oundation program, as well a making the funds available fo le cosl-of-living pay increase. 0 Gents a Gallon for Gas by July: Officia KANSAS CITY (AP) Th, egional director of the federa nergy office predicted Thurs ay that premium gasoline wi e selling for 70 cents a galloi y July. Speaking to representatives o cal, state and federal govern ent agencies, James R. New an also predicted that in ependent oil companies "wil e out of business in 90 day nless congress does something it." He cited spiralini ists of imported fuels as thi real to independents. Newman told members of the minar that motorists are nov tying 78 cents a gallon in Los ngeles and 92 cents in New ork City. Pershing Rifles IOWA CITY The 26th annu Pershing Rifles Second Reg! ental Intercollegiate Dril eet will be hosted by the Uni ersity of Iowa on Saturday .ginning at 8 a.m. in the recre ion building. College dril ams for both men and women a six-state area will compete r trophies. A display of army quipment will be shown iroughout the day inside the creation building. The public invited but there will be no mission charge. GUARANTY BANK TRUST CO. CIDAR RAPIDS IOWA, 52406 OCIM. SECURITY NO HOME OF THE FREE.1 The measure extends the minimum stale aid per pupil beyond 1975, a provision op- posed by State Comptroller Marvin Selden. It also provides relief to school district losing enroll- ment. For the coming school year, school districts will be as- sessed for only one-half of their enrollment loss in state aid. .In following years, districts will be assessed for one-half of the first 5 percent of enrollment loss, and three-quarters of any re- maining loss. Statewide average costs per pupil will increase from the current school year to next year, with the state guaranteeing an increase from to per pupil. uJht ffirkr Sajrifcs fettr EslabllrtKf In 1883 by Ths Goittte Co. and published dally and Sunday ot 500 Third Avc. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 524M. Second Class Postage paid ot Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rotes by carrier tents a week. By mall: Night edition and Sunday 6 Issues 12.75 a month, SJ4 a year: Afternoon editions and Sunday 7 issues a month, a year. Other states and U.S. territories HO a year. No mall subscriptions accepted In areas having Gaietle carrier service. 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