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   Fitchburg Sentinel (Newspaper) - July 10, 1973, Fitchburg, Massachusetts                                6ST. 1838 Vol. CXXXIV f MAS1 TUESDAY, JULY 15 CENTS x Wafting For Dollar Tax Rate Reduction Seen By DOUG rLETCHUt 1 Acting Mayor Allen J. HamOton said today that a doBar or mere may be cut from Uw IH.M tax rate of 1171 WMtac UN City is in August to .JUS chtrgjM. aald "If the rate wen set we might cut the rate U centa or. 1! But by waiting, can to receive additional state revenue that will help effect a greater gained bout 11.5 million In new ronstnK-tinn during that will be propirty thli year. That amount represents abut IS cents in possible tax rate reductions, he said. Impending on the number of night thU year mount of state In approving the overall fiscal 1174 budget, rejected" formula revisions under which aid for nfiwal .schools and school transportation and construction would -have been cut. They budget to about million. property demolished last year. city bis a total tax base of Just over 8M million. HaranUn of II cent to IS cent tax reduction estimate based on the total 11 month budget for 1173-74. budget requested by department heads totaled Mayor CirMon E. Blackwell cut that to The City Council after a number of study sessions, lowered the overall allowed million in .the budget to be distributed to cities and towns across the Com- monwealth, in addition to estimates of aid mailed to .communities in May. Waltmg far News Fitchburg is expecting to leam of how much more it will receive within two weeks. According to the Board of Fitchbnrg received about IUO.MO less in state estimates than was expected when the Cherry Sheet figures wire announced. .The city of Lowell brought estimates of tax reductions for this year have called for reductions of as much as 14 en the rate. Dancing High And Easy Perrermiig a bauet a dakce Kim Umfteck. n a pile to, Kaisas City Park. (AP Wlrepkete) Crop Subsidies To Hike Prices court action swung to nave hinds reinstated that wen deleted by use of illegal legislative action on the budget may have reduced the for that court action. Hamilton said he plans to meet today with assessors and City Auditor Norman J LeBatnc to diseaas thrftoancial picture in tbt said is hoping for an estimate of state revenue expected through the addition of funds to the budget. Based oh a formula callini for Jl on the tax rate for every spent, the in state aid, if that much Is sent to Fitchburg. could mean a savings through a tax rate cut of more than In a related matter, Daniel J. Pikkarainen, chairman of the board of assessors, said the (AP) TDe, House was ready today for a battle over a bill that would plow new ground for America's farmers and eventually could have its sharpest impact on consumers and taxpayers. wen txptettd over farmers and praposed new limits on government payments to large-scale growers. provisions were in a four-year farm program and food stamp bill. The Nixon administration .has attacked heart of the level of guaranteed income for farmers, a so-called target price system of supports for the three basic crops of cotton, wheat and feed grain such as com. Under the target price con- Murder-Suicide Probe Ended By Cify Police tmattgattoi of two mei allegedly shot SekrCgle, bod dead ef gnshat wonds retailed te Us room aid ant Ikalr respective rwms at UmseU. M Natth Si. Saaday algal has stale pelke detectives eWetf. said teday. Uw district attorney's were Otis (ffiee came acre te assist MtrrlB, it, maiager ef Ike heal pelhw la the aid Ralaid P. vesttgatiM. Sckragd, (4, a nemer. pollct kave Dr. M. Silver, pususlan a! -gus aid medical examlaer, said It was anunaaltiM l> Merrill's a case nvrder aid mm aid iktU Iragmnta IMA t k r 1 1 e d Merrill dfaovemlm On 7 crop subsidies that run about-J3.5-billion a year would eliminated as long as cur- rent relationships between farm prices and crop production costs continue. In effect, if prices stay high there would be no government .payment to "irmers. A controversial feature, ex pected to Be attacked through i proposed amendment, provides that target prices for the fina three years of the four-year bill would be adjusted annually to reflect the cost of farm produc- tion 'and changes in yields of these crops. Under the House committee's version, the Agriculture De- partment estimated the cost ol Tuijor programs at M.36 billion 'or the current fiscal year, ris- ing to between billion ant 17.4 billion during fiscal 1971. But a congressional researcher put the level at between jillion and (1.8 billion a year. A section on food stamps also prompted controversy from some who contended it pro- losed tighter restrictions on and from others who ilanned to seek an amendment .hat would ban food stamps for strikers. All sides agreed that the leg- islation was Important for the taxpayer and consumer, with backers claiming it was aimed at producing adequate supplies of food, for consumers at a time of national concern over foot prices. Opponents contended i retained the worst of past pro- grams and would create an ex pensive system in the future. Food Costs Heading Upwards ATLANTA (AP) The fail- ure of food production to keep race with consumer demand leaves hope that food prices will drop or even remain 'X doubled the domestic now stable in the near future, the director of the Cost of Living Council says. even Dr John T. Dunlop said at a news conference Monday. "In the first six months this year, the amount of food pro- duced in the U.S. was less than that produced in the first half last that in the face of greater demand." Dunlop was in Atlanta to hear suggestions from business- men on what course of action President Nixon should take when the present price freeze ends in mid-August. He said the next phase, Phase 4, probably will place strong controls on food prices, but he refused to rule out price increases. "It's a matter of how much and over what period' of he said. Dunlop said he could not sup- port a blanket regulation pro- hibiting the increase of food prices "Controls are a two-headed sword. Dunlop said. "They hold down prices but they also threaten supplies. There is no choice but to allow price boosts on some Soviet Wheat Sales Scored WASHINGTON (AP) Last year's massive sale of U.S. wheat to the Soviet Union near- of the grain and caused U.S. food prices to rite, according to a report to Congress. saJdClonda? the ,The. flee r -r. wheat sale increased prices for dura In the department member John Melcher. D Mont., who requested the stud Rep. Pierre S. du Pont, R Del., who also asked for the port, called it "damning" an "I'm by the lax fty and fount! to be normal operating proce j..u j_ tL.. bread and other flour-based products, and beef, pork, poultry, eggs and dairy prod- ucts, because it caused higher feed grain costs. "Congress should consider re- quiring that agencies develop definitive ground rules so that expected benefits from exports can be appropriately weighed against their impact, on various segments of the domestic econ- omy" the GAO report said. The domestic wheat price jumped from about (1.68 a bushel in July 1972 to W in May 1973 because of the (700-mlllion Russian sale, the GAO said. The sale also severely dis- rupted 'transportation facilities creating higher costs, shortages and delays. The report also chided the administration for paying (300 million in export subsidies, al- though "GAO believes many of these sales would have been made even with reduced sub- sidies." The GAO study "nailed down some of the abuses of the De- partment of- Agriculture's han- dling of the affair that cost U.S. taxpayers and said House Agriculture Committee The GAO also said the Ag culture. Department' failed provide timely information crop conditions to farmers allow them to make marketir decisions. Shortage In Power Avoided By DICK BOOEEE Fitchburgv residents sweltered onday under a two-year high 95 and it it wasn't for the o 1 u n t a r y co-operation ol consumers, power shutdowns would have been ordered by the as and Company. The temperature reached its gh for the day around 3 p.m. imbing by two degrees over .he hottest .day of last year uly 20. The low for Monday as recorded at 72 at 8 a.m. Monday's temperature wen me over the high fo unday and six over the 8 registered on Saturday, mmidity factor of 60 per cen Monday added to the problem. CMllag Tread Cooler weather along wit ess humidity and the possibilit f showers tonight and earl Vednesday iring temperatures down more normal levels over th next few days. James Pettingell of the Fitch burg Gas and Electri Company said that power "wa full blast" Monday, forcin he company to go on the a and seek co-operation from ndustrial and customers. Pettingell said the compan asked customers to cut back o their usage "whereve possible." He said the respon and co-operation "was e cellent." He said that because yesterday's heavy 'demands "w were a step away from cuttin back on some circuits for minutes." The company is following script written for all pow WASHINGTON (AP) Tar- _ier Atty. Gen. John N. Mit- chell took the Watergate wit- ess stand, today, to investigating .senators that was aware of some aspects the wiretap cover-up lour ays after the burglary at Temoeratic headquarters. At the outset. Mitchell's at- rney. William J. Hundley. registered his client's formal' lection to testifying 1'so n protect our legal position." undley asked that it be stated the record that Mitchell waa der subpoena.' and would be ble to contempt charges If he [used to testify. This was done because Mit- ell is under indictment in companies.-in the Co m o n w eal t attempting SHORTAGE, Page J Jew York in a campaign fund- ising. case. He has pleaded in- looent. WASHINGTON (AP) Vot- er Atty. Gen. John N. Mit- hell, disputing the sworn testi- ony of e former aide, told Senate Watergate jday that he rejected the plan or wiretapping of Democratic eadquarters. Mitchell said he did not see ow Jeb Stuart Magruder could ave misunderstood his instruc- ons to drop the plan. If there is a problem here It's problem of misunderstanding r a contravention of my or- ers." Mitchell told the tele- vised Senate, inquiry. Mitchell flatly denied that ht ad, as Magruder testified ear- er, approved what became Uw Watergate wiretapping at meeting in Key Biscayne, on March 30. 1972. He said the plan wss aroached 'there by Magruder, and described his reaction this way: "We don't need this, I'm ired'of hearing about it. Out. not discuss it any fur- "Was it as clear as asked committee counsel Sam- uel Dash. "In my recollection it was just as clear as Mitchell rolled Dash': "Could Mr. MagrutfH have in any way mistaken what your position Mitchell: "I would hope not." Mitchell said that when Wa- tergate conspirator- G. Gordon Liddy first broached the plant for 1972 political espionage It was "a complete horror story" that Involved wiretaps, call girls and code names. WATERGATE, Page J N. E. Power Hit By Heat By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Cooler temperatures and low- er humidity promised relief for New Englanders today from near-record temperatures that caused power reductions throughout the region Monday. A combination of mechanical failures, scheduled mainte- nance of equipment, hot, sticky weather and a high demand for electricity forced the New Eng- land Power Exchange (NE- PEX) to cut voltage by S per cent around 11 a.m. During the reduction Monday, NEPEX borrowed power from New Brunswick, Canada, and from the New York Power Pool, which also had to reduce voltage by 5 per cent in easternling the Connolly and southeastern New and New York City. A per cent voltage reduc- tion means all electrical appli- ances are 5 per cent less pow- erful. Bill Connolly of Boston Edison, a spokesman for NE.- said the average con- sumer rarely notices a I per cent reduction. Full voltage was restored lat- er in the day. Connolly said 14 electrical generator units were off line, reducing the amount of power available to the region's utili- ties by 26 per cent. "We had no area that was completely without power dur- Yorklsaid. During the reduction, NE- PEX broadcast an appeal urg- ing customers to avoid unneces- sary use of electricity. The. ap- peal was withdrawn at p.m. Connolly credited consumer cooperation with a levelling of power use during the after- noon peak hours. Scheduled maintenance of the Maine Yankee atomic plant in Wiscasset and the Public Serv- ice Co.'s Bow plant in Hampshire, plus mechanical problems in Connecticut's Had- dam Neck plants added power shortages. and Waterford to region Hardy Horsewoman Hurt A woman was Injured while riding a horse In a wooded area in the rear of Mi Mt. Elam Road at t.10 today. EnTWP BWliW W Chestnut St. was taken to Burbank Hospital in the municipal ambulance under the supervision of Lt. Emanuel Pagnotto. A hospital spokesman said the woman received Injuries to her wrist and leg and x-rays will be taken. U. Pagnotto and Pvts. Donald Wiitala_and Gtorgi L. Fregeau, the ambulance crew, walked, one-fourth of a Into the woods. They, assisted, the woman In walking out to the ambulance. The entrance was a cart path road. Officials said the horse ap- parently hit a soft spot near a ditch and both rolled down about five feet.with the horse landing on top ef t h e woman. She was riding with another party. on the inside.., FORD'S ATTEMPT FOK ACTION on sign petition soiMl- by teomlnater City Council. U. SPECIAL SPEECH GRANT MCBVIO by Luftwburg school system. Sw LOOKING AT THK PRESIDENTIAL EUCTlON-atter the Watergate. Congressman Drinan and Mayor Blackwtll firm on their Democratic 1. HELL NO WE WON'T GO. First in a on trials of Vietnam War draft dodgm and totir future. Sn Page M. II mortal 4 U .CtatsKM 1H7-U-1I Sswrto................ 1-74 U TttsvMM...............M CnsswMnf...............11 Pages 11-11 OHPrices, Shortage Probe Set Cheer AatkMy MardiUewks taster, fi kt witkj as was M wtaswr k atfctuMi UMen. sMwtag was bsU ki light. Mar- a saader far a wH get 1 year far years. (AP .TUB' nDOQCIAiBff The Cost.of Living Council says It wlU conduct a thorough audit of the oil Industry as part of the price freeae monitoring program. It was reported to- day. The council's Special Freeze Group will initiate "a monitor- Ing program to spot check and determine if there is com- pliance as. far-, as the price is concerned and also to check supplies." an unnamed iff Win w tlM n MMtflfl as saying In Tuesdayreditiona of the Dallas Morning News. The audit will cover oper- ations from oil well to the gas pump, the Morning News said. paper also said the coun- cil reportedly is considering a rollback in oil product prices te mid May levels. And it said council Is considering denying 4il QMnpmtM ouitem.ry markups following Import oil cost increases. The .council source said re- sults of the audit would show whether there is a real fuel shortage, whether there an price violations and where fuel supplies are going. He said this would indicate what sort of priority Is twins, given to farmers, independent service station operators and the government There were these ether devel- OTL, to able BOSTON (AP) The Mas- sachusetts Red Cross said to- day that It has been forced _Jp in blood from other parts pints of the country because of a se- vere blood shortage in the state. A spokesman said an in- Wired For Cease-fire Snta Vletiasaese Irsoscd la a win staaUar W ai aa Ckl la Salgei ngiM. MIBtary kave to swt ccau- CAP Wlrefk.U) News Digest Bay State Blood Shortagt Cittd ventory revealed Uat WM only nine pints or blood avail- in Baton today and So of Mood across the state. The spokesman said across the state require at lust pints of blood a day. U.S. Supports Cambodia Peace Talks WASHINGTON (AP) The United States has given public support to peace overtures: by Cambodia following talks at San Clemente between Presi- dent Nixon and Huang Chen of Communist Chinese liaison office. talks, the State Department asked Monday that the People's Republic of Iwtt Union, and other Interested goverivments give thtbj 'serious and favorable conUd- eration" to ernment's he Cambodian ner to negotiate Following the San dementi cease-fire with adVersariet, WalpoU Holds Classification Hearings for segregation, one datiqn for transfer to rtjtftm or Brldgewater state priwn four for re- turn to the general pppulattM at Walpole rather than Mfnsjfe- tion in Cellblock 10. Classification hearings tor U WALPOLE, Mass. (AP) Classification hearings were ex- pected to continue at Walpole state prison today te determine whether certain inmates should be placed in a "higher custody i talus." Hearings for six inmates last Hearings lor six inmaicu tasv Mtulted in one requestinmates remain to heU. Bahamas Free From Britain Rule NASSAU. Bahamas (API- After nearly centuries of foreign rule, independence and a new era came to hamas today.   

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