Aiken Standard, June 28, 1989

Aiken Standard

June 28, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Storms To Return Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast tomorrow with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 90s. Please see details on Page 7A.Deaths G. Ray Frye, Leesville Lillie Jones, Bronx, N.Y. William D. Mabus, Aiken Raymond M. Reeves, North Augusta Harold H. Renew, Aiken Please see details on Page 7A.Inside Today Bridge.............................................7C Calendar...........................................4C Classifieds.....^...................................5C Comics.............................................2C Crossword  .................................8C Cryptoquote.....................................6C Dear Abby.........................................2C Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................7A Opinions...........................................4A Sports...............................................8A Television......................................  2C Weather............................................7ACouncil Keeps Promise Not To Raise Taxes BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer The Aiken County Council kept its promise to taxpayers Tuesday night and voted 7-1 to adopt a $20 million balanced budget for 1990 without t aising taxes. The new budget includes funding for Project DARE, a drug prevention program aimed at fifth-grade students designed to educate them about the dancers of drugs. It also includes a drug prevention package to be channeled through the Solicitor’s office that would provide the Solicitor with an additional attorney, three investigators and one clerk to handle drug related criminal cases. The attorney would also work with child abuse and neglect cases. The attorney and one of the investigators would be funded by state and county funds, and two investigators and the clerk would be funded by the county. Also included in the new budget is an additional $27,000 for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which already had $29,000 budgeted by the County. The SPCA requested $83,500. The additional money is to be used to fund the SPCA for four to six months while the County looks into the costs of operating its own dog pound.Budget Glance > Budget of $20 million with a 4.5 millage rate approved by 7-1 vote ^ Taxes won’t be raised to accommodate budget ^ Project DARE funded ^ Drug Prevention Package — five workers added to solicitor’s office ^ Extra funds for SPCA ^ Funds for Medicaid caseworker Currently the County has a contract with the SPCA, whereby the SPCA provides housing, adoption and humane disposal of dogs, cats and other animals brought to the SPCA by county residents. Under the new budget, the County will also fund one Medicaid caseworker to process Medicaid claims and applications for indigent care patients from Aiken County, who seek medical help at University Hospital in Augusta. To fund the additions to the budget, the County’s reserve fund of $700,000 will be tapped, leaving the reserve fund at $554,000. The 1990 budget is a $20 million balanced budget with a 4.5 millage rate, plus the one percent allowed by law, and a rollback to last year’s budget of $18 million. Before taking a final vote, Council Chairman Carrol H. Warner cautioned the Council that passing the balanced budget would mean the County has to take a hard line in the coming year, and not appropriate any money to different agencies until at least March of 1990.Education Costs Rise Slightly For Property Owners By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer Aiken County property owners can expect a tax increase next year due to the Aiken County Board of Education’s unanimous approval Tuesday of its $95.8 million budget. The 1989-90 school budget set the millage rate at 78.4, 9.7 mills more than the roll-back amount of 68.7 from last year’s rate. Due to county reassessment, the school district will be required to rollback the operations millage levy from last year’s 84 mills. Property reassessment has increased the value of the mill from approximately $189,000 to $232,000. Sex Ed Materials Approve J Page 1B School board members voted in May to use only 78.4 mills of the 84 mills previously approved by the Legislative Delegation. The impact on the owner of a $100,000 house at the 78.4 millage rate will be a $38.40 increase, according to Larry Clark, comptroller for the school district. At the 84 millage rate, the owner of the same priced house would have to pay $60 more in property taxes. Property tax increases next year will generate $18.3 million for the school dis-School Budget General Fund.................$62,781,122 Special Revenue Fund.......$4,213,016 EIA..................................$9,576,395 Debt Service Fund............$7,448,044 School Building Fund........$7,773,800 School Food Service Fund.$4,050,515 TOTAL..........................$95,842,892 trict, according to budget reports. This will increase the school taxes paid by the owner of a $100,000 home from $275 to $313. The extra 9.7 mills above the roll-back levy of 68.7 mills will fund improvement items such as a teachers’ salary increase, substitute teachers’ pay increase and a new reading program. Next year’s budget is a $13.1 million increase over the 1988-89 budget of $82.7 million. The budget is divided into six categories with the greatest amount of revenue generated for a general operations fund (Please See EDUCATION, Page HA) Jchina Recalls Overseas Ambassadors    Groundbreaking    Held    For    Gene-Gap 435 NEWBERRY ST. S. AIKEN, S. C !mlvCtV Wednesday, June 28, 1989    25C    Aiken,    South    Carolina    Vol.    122    No.    154 House Steps Cautiously On Flag Issue No. I In NBA Brent Richardson Harville Leads NA Juniors Page 8A A Quick Read Weather County, School Board Settle Budgets Robber's Bullet Lodges In Golf Ball MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The golf ball Oliver Anthony put in his pants pocket turned out to be his best shot of the day when it snagged a bullet fired by a would-be robber. “The golf ball saved my leg and it might have saved my life,” said Anthony, 61. Police Capt. Joe Holt said the bullet hit the ball dead center and lodged there, leaving Anthony with a bruised leg. Anthony said he was playing golf on a city course Sunday when a young man walked up, brandished a pistol and demanded money. “I told him he better put that gun away before I wrapped a club around his head. Then he started shooting,” Anthony said. Anthony said four or five shots were fired but he did not know he was hit until he returned to the clubhouse and noticed a hole in a pants leg. “When I emptied my pocket, there was the golf ball with the bullet in it,” he said. Holt said the gunman ran away after the shooting and no arrests were made. Man, Home Survive 5 Lightning Strikes NORTH CHARLESTON (AP) -Robert A. Brunson says he doesn’t know why he and his home have been struck by lightning a total of five times, but he says he has developed a real respect — if not fear — of the natural phenomena. “I can’t explain it,” Brunson said, shaking his head. “I just don’t know why it happens.” The latest strike came over the weekend, ripping apart a 10-foot section of brick-and-wood fence at the end of his driveway in the Evanston Estates community. “My wife and daughter were here,” he said. “They just went out of their skins.” U.S. Index Takes 1.2% Dip In May Decline Sharpest Since '87 Crash By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The government’s chief economic forecasting gauge plunged 1.2 percent in May, the biggest decline since the stock market crash in late 1987, the Commerce Department reported today. The decline in the Index of Leading Economic Indicators was the third in the last four months, as the gauge designed to foretell economic activity six to nine months into the future continued to flash strong signals of a significant decline in economic activity. The 1.2 percent decline was significantly steeper than analysts had been expecting. However, economists generally believe the economy can escape a recession this year, although they are looking for a major slowing in economic growth accompanied by rising unemployment. The 1.2 percent drop in May followed a 0.6 percent gain posted in April. The index had fallen 0.6 percent in March and 0.3 percent in February. TTie May decline was the stepest since a 1.8 percent plunge in November 1987. (Please See U.S. INDEX, Page 11A) By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The House will not rush to nullify a Supreme Court decision on flag-burning, says House Speaker Thomas Foley, who contends the issue should not be used for “crass political purposes.” Moving Tuesday to slow down a possible stampede for constitutional change, Foley announced that hearings will be held in July on setting aside the court ruling that threw out flag desecration laws in 48 states. He acted only hours after President Bush joined a chorus of lawmakers in proclaiming that a constitutional amendment — a process used only 26 times in the nation’s history — is the only solution to change the 5-4 ruling. Foley, D-Wash., said the House Judiciary Committee hearings “are not going to be rushed but they will not be obstructive.” They will “be conducted calmly in the spirit of deliberation and care ... we are not seeking to inflame this issue,” he told reporters. With senators already home for their July 4 break, Foley gave House members outraged by last week’s ruling a chance to vent their feelings. He scheduled an immediate vote on a non-binding resolution expressing “profound concern” over the decision, and the House passed it, 411- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., said Tuesday he favors seeking to nullify the ruling by passing legislation to prohibit burning the flag. A law can be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Foley told reporters he will vigorously fight any attempt by conservative Republicans to use the flag issue against Democrats. President Bush scored points against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis last year by criticizing the Massachusetts governor’s veto of legislation that would have required the state’s public school teachers to lead daily pledges of allegiance to the flag. “I am sure there will be people trying to play politics with it,” Foley said. “Anybody who suggests that there is a party difference in respect for the American flag is using this deep affection of Americans, twisting it, manipulating it, using it for the most base and crass political purposes. ” Safeguards Drafted By Watkins Environment Included In 10-Point Proposal By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON — Saying he was not “proud or pleased with what I have seen in my first few months in office,” Energy Secretary James D. Watkins announced Tuesday a 10-point plan* » upgrade the Department of Energy^ compliance with environmental law^and to safeguard the health .of workers at the nation’s weapons plants. The measures may afford greater public scrutiny of DOE’s management of the weapons complex because they include plans for release of previously withheld data on DOE workers’ health, and improved safety and environmental documentation. The plan also calls for an increased role for state governments in supervising compliance with federal and state environmental laws. “We are beginning negotiations with those States hosting DOE nuclear facilities to allow direct access and enhance State monitoring facilities,” Watkins said in a prepared! statement. (Please See SAFEGUARDS, Page 6A) AP Laserphoto KINGS’ CHOICE: Pervis Ellison holds his new Sacremento Kings jersey after being picked first in the NBA draft. With him is NBA Commissioner David Stern. For all the details, see Page 8A. ;

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