Friday, April 19, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 19, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri., April 19, 1974 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 noly name of big business,” Higgins charged. Rep. Sonja Egenes (R-Story City) said industry already is receiving considerable tax benefit on pollution control devices 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 bill?” she asked. She said Illinois has a law similar to the bill and officials are “pulling out their hair” DES MOINES (AP) — A bill to provide property tax exemptions 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 Thursday but finally adjourned after a squabble over interpretation of the rules. Reps. Norman Roorda (R-Monroe) and Floyd Millen (R-Farmington) said some kind of tax break must be given industry on pollution control devices 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 industry will shun the state aud some industries already here will move out. Some of the devices cost millions of dollars, he said. He cited the Sioux City Stock yards. which he said is being compelled to spend $3.5 million to roof the stockyards to keep animal wastes from being washed into the Missouri river after heavy rains. He said he has about IOO letters from industrialists declaring 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 “little more than a miserable, dirty bribe to industries which have polluted our air and water for so many years.’’ DIAGONAL, Iowa (AP) - Angela L. Parker, 2, has been killed in a truck pedestrian accident on a Ringgold county road just north of Diagonal. Authorities said the child, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parker of near Diagonal, had been playing with a dog on the road when a pickup truck driven by Duane Campbell, 34, of near Creston approached. Investigators believe a trailer being pulled by the truck struck the girl Thursday. She died a short time later at a Mount Ayr hospital. Road Unit. Long Truck Violations Infinitesimal AMES (AP) >— Only an infinitesimal number of the 1,250,000 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 violations was .003, said Dennis Ehlert, director of the commission’s traffic weight operations. He said in an interview that inspectors found 46,118 violations of such things as weight, permit and length statutes. But only 3,073 dealt with length violations. tions are leveling off, highway construction costs are on the up-swing. Because of inflation the average cost of building a road in Iowa has increased 17 percent in the past 12 months, Coupal said. He based his figures on a construction cost index maintained by the commission. Cost Triples Among other things, Coupal said the cost of asphalt has tripled on some projects. “We’re getting bids of $90 to $100 per ton, rather than the $35 we were paying last year,” he commented. The highway commission has planned to spend $121 million during the current fiscal year on highway construction. It still plans to spend that amount, but because of inflation the money won’t go as far. It would take another $20 million to build the same amount of roads that the commission had planned, Coupal related. 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 director of highways, reports tax receipts deposited for gasoline and diesel fuel slipped nearly $1.8 million, from $10,493,844 in March of last year to $8,711,567 last month. However, these collections represent reports that are due to be filed with the state in January and February. They do not take into consideration the state’s lower maximum speed limit, 55 mph, which went into effect March I. Possible Reasons A number of reasons might be cited for the decline including less availability of gasoline slower voluntary speed limits, the swing to smaller cars, service stations being closed on Sunday, as well as an attempt by many Iowans to conserve on energy'. The figures cited by Coupal Gazette Photo by John Mclvor Senior Citizens Feast Harrison Weber 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 county tor an annual jamboree. It was highlighted by a potluck noon meal and entertainment by the Lynx Singers. Shown loading the line along food table on the left is Mrs. Ray Eaton, 72, of Center Point. are gross receipts and do not include any refunds on gasoline purchased for non-highway use. While receipts are down for March, they are up 5.2 percent for the first nine months of the current fiscal year, July through March. Collections for the current nine months total $102,573,421, compared to $97,475,685 for the corresponding 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 tumble,” he said. While gasoline tax collec The measure extends the $200 minimum state aid per pupil beyond 1975, a provision opposed by State Comptroller Marvin Selden. It also provides relief to school district losing enrollment. For the coming school year, school districts will be assessed 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 remaining loss. Statewide average costs per pupil will increase from $948 the current school year to $1,024 next year, with the state guaranteeing an increase from $673 to $737 per pupil Jhc (£rtotr Hapita (fcazrtlr Establish In 1113 by Th? Gantt? Co. end published doily and Sunday at 500 Third Ave. SE, Cedor Rapid*. Iowa 52406. Second Clo** Po*loge paid a* Cedar Rapid*. Iowa. Subjection rote* br carrier M c**t* 0 wee*. By moil: Night edition and Sunday 6 l*sue* 12 25 a month, 124 a year: Afternoon edition* ond Sunday 7 l»»ue* 12 SO a month, 125 a yeor. Other »tote* ond U S. territories *40 a year No mall subscription* accepted In oreot hovlng Gazette corner service. The A**oelated Pres* I* entitled e«du lively to the u*e tor republication of oil the local new* printed In th)* newjpo-per os well at all AP news dispatches. Legislative Notes by Frank Nye Iowa Was Not Only State To Protest 55 mph Limit DES 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. 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