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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1970, Abilene, Texas                               Reporter 3 STAR FINAL ____ _ 25 PHONE 673-4271 "WrrHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT IQc SUNDAY Auociated IRS Threatens Private Schools WASHINGTON (AP) The Nixon administration salrt Fri- day it will revoke the lux-ex- empt status of private schools that do not have nondiscrimina- Inry racial admissions policies. The decision climaxed a year- long intensive debate within the government, An Internal Revenue Service statement said the IRS had de- cided "it can no longer legally justify allowing tax-exempt sta- tus to private schools which practice racial discrimination nor can it treat gifts to such schools as charitable deductions for income lax purposes." JRS Commissioner Randolph W. Thrower said Hie schools wilh exemptions will be asked to show that they have nondiscriminalory admission policies. The charge has frequently boon made thai many of the schools, particularly in'the Deep South, were set up with the in- Teachers May Get Hike in Pay Self-portrait 'NO CONSENSUS' Council to Eye Tax Hike By BOB ARMISTKAI) Reporter-News Staff Writer The Abilene City Council Friday couldn't agree on a bud- get for fiscal 1970-71 and set another session lor July 21. But the council did ask the In draw up a proposal based on a five-cent tax increase, based on adding about to the million pro- posal for roughly a 10 per cent salary increase for city employes and taking more from the shop fund and using il for general operations to make it balance. The council also asked that the revised proposal delete more in alley rebuilding and maintenance, In library books and equipment, In airport beautifieation, and from the parks division. They added the budget, pro- posal for animal control, for health unit equipment, and for the street department. IF THE ANIMAL shelter and street department funds had been cut the pound would not have picked up any stray dogs except those which had actually bitten somebody and would not have mowed the parkway along certain major streets. Tn requesting a revised pro- posal the council indicated they did not plan to budget a human relations counselor, suggested by the Community Relations Committee; funds for the county mental health center, requested by its parent organization; or equipment wanted to increase police department use of the computer. On these and other items there were about as many opinions as there were council- men. Hunter supported the tax increase and Ihe pay raises firmly. (See separate story.) Taliafeiro and Tom Loughrey expressed opposition io the tax increase. Taliaferro spoke not for the but lor A proposal which would mean a 7 or TA per cent salary raise. Childress said he'd rather see more cut from proposed spending than transfer a total of from the shop fund. The council had been considering a transfer of 0 to make the budget balance, but increased discussion to late Friday aflernoon. J. C. Hunter Jr. said he thought the bigger raises were needed "desperately" and that he didn't think a five cent lax increase (from to would hurt. But he noted the transfer from funds was a one-time source of revenue and said, "I wonder what in the world we'll do next year (Ihe fiscal 1971-72 budget) if we don't get a windfall from the sales tax or somelhirig." THE SHOP FUND is the one in which a por-mile or per-hour charge is levied against all city vehicles and some equipment to have money to replace Ihe items when necessary. The mayor later, however, moderated his pessimism ami said that "maybe we need lo be more.optimistic of the future." Tile seven members decided (o let Ihe staff prepare a budget based on the decisions just men- tioned, although the mayor was Turn lo CITY, Pg. 3-A Budget Disagreement Comes Over Salary, Tax Increases WEATHER U.S. DETARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEATHER BUREAU Map. ft. >A) ABILENE AND VICINITY radius) _ Fair and hot Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday. High bom too. Low Saturday nferir 78. Wlrxh win louThwIv at IMS m.B.h. rrt, i.r Jthefly at IMS m.c TCMPEATUREt n fl M g '.38 a g n-oo n "ton low for ?4-hourj tndlfV p.m.: 100 and 71. Hloh .nd low dala lasl 101 ri, p-m.; lunrlj- .tremelw Ml f p.m.: m p.m.: certl. Salaries and taxes brought by far the most discussion, and probably Ihe widest opinions expressed, in Abilene City Council budget hearings Friday. The council couldn't agree on a budget, mainly because of these two items, and set another hearing July 21. (See separate stnry.) The council star ted deliberations Friday with a budget proposal with in surplus hinds in the general fund. That's the fund from which salary raises for most city employes would come. After cutting the library, airport, street and alley, and parks budget and putting back some street mowing funds and animal control service, the council had cut another giving surplus. Thai's the point at which salary discussion .started. City Manager H. P. Clifton said that the personnel committee had recommended lhat be budgeted for roughly a 10 per cent raise, Of lhat would come from the water and sewer funds. The surplus in the water and sewer accounts is sufficient lo handle that part of the raise. In the general fund Ihe surplus was slMl short of the amount needed for Ihe for salary increases lo be localed in Ihe general fund. The five-cent lax increase to was suggested. Abilene had lhat rale in 1967-6H after Ihe bond election was passed. council cut the rate a nickle the next year after the city sales tax was levied. The five-cent raise would increase revenue Clifton asked if Ihe council would approve a five-cenl increase and an additional transfer of from the shop fund used to replace equipment. As an alternative lo the ttO.OOO transfer he askod if rather raise refuse disposal rales enough lo make the department self-supporting. No one ever replied on the refuse idea. Mayor ,1. C. Hunlcr Jr. had asked Clifton Friday about the refuse department's financial standing. Clifton said the department loses about when overhead factors like legal work, billing and computer use arc included. The Abilene personnel committee survey of 16 cities and local positions like secretary which (he city must compete for here found that Abilene cily salaries were about 10 per cent lower than others surveyed. The committee also found lhat Ihe city turnover here averager! 40 per cent overall except in police and fire departments. Clifton quoted from a Lubbock survey of Texas cities which was mailed here Thursday. The Luhbock survey found Abilene employes wore more out of line than the Abilene survey. Cliflon said the average for a laborer under the Lubbock survey was monthly, going from an average minimum of lo an average maximum of He said even wilh Ihe in raises "We're only asking you lo go to 5330 in Ihis category." He raid Ihe .I.uhbock survey showed an average of for a clerk stenographer. Abilene Turn lo BUIKJKT, PR. 3-A By WATSON Reporter-News Writer Abilene public school teachers might be in for a raise in salary for the 1970-71 school year. Friday afternoon in a budget workshop session, the Abilene Board of Education requested that adminsilration compute the cost of a pay scale of above the state schedule for budget consirieralion. Using the stale scale as a base plus this would mean, if approved, thai a beginning bachelor degree teacher in Abilene would make and a beginning master degree teacher The Abilene teacher salary schedule for 1969-70 included for the beginning bachelor dcgrse teacher graduating lo a maximum of The master degree schedule began at and graduated to in 1969-70. If the board approved the proposal then the schedule would range from lo a maximum of for bachelor degree teacher. For master degree teachers Ihe schedule would graduate from to a maximum of After teacher salaries are decided on, another major budget item lo be considered would be the salaries of administrators. After these items have been considered, then (he board will be ready to examine the budget as a whole, either cutting or adding lo .scries which have already been considered. Many categories are up over the 1D69-70 year because of Ihe longer school term this next school year. Teachers will be going to work August 17 while students will begin classes AugiKt 2fi, The board also examined the proposed capital outlay budget which show an increase of over last year's budget. The proposed includes increase in sites Iransportation equipment furniture and equipment and maintenance equipment A decrease was shown in the audio visual equipment (from in 19fi9-70 to The total estimated revenue for Ihe 1970-71 budget is as compared to for 1969-70. Board members had requested that administralion prepare a list of requests from teachers which have not as yet been incorporated into the proposed budget. Assistant superintendent 'George Stowc reported that in cnpilal outlay requested by various teachers and department heads, and not in the budget at this time, included for homemaking equipment for both high schools and three junior highs, new classroom furniture and library furniture for Lincoln Junior High, typewriters for Madison and Abilene High. A total of requested for musical instruments has also nol been included in the budget at this point. Proposed for musical instruments is Board members expect lo hold another budget workshop next week. NEWS INDEX Amusements 14A Altrology 8A Bridge................8A Church Kewi 6A Classified 9-UB Comics 4, SB Editorioli SB Form 15A MorVefi t, 7B Obituaries 4A Oil 14A Sport! 10-13A TV 13B TV Seoul 13B Women Newt...........38 tention of keeping them all- white. The new policy will be imple- menlal over the "next few Thrower said, but he said he doubted all could be reviewed by the time school begins in the fall. Those that keep their exempt status, he said, will be checked through the agency's normal ex- amination procedures for lax-ex- empt organizations, but "we would assume that a slatement is in good faith and will be com- plied Thrower told a news conference. He said the procedure will be this: Exempt private schools will receive written inquiries from its district directors and it is anticipated that in most In- stances evidence of a nondiscri- minalory policy can be supplied by reference to published state- ments of policy or to the racial constituency of the student body. "Where a school fails to es- lahlish that it has a racially nondiscriminatory admission policy, an wist and Ing mling o! exemption will be withdrawn. However, a school seeking to clarity or change its policies and practices will be given a reasonable opportunity to do so in order to retain Us ruling of federal tax exemption." One requirement, he said, will be that the pledge of nondis- crimination be made publicly. Thrower said he assumed the government would urge a fcder- al district court in Washington In set aside a lawsuit filed by parents of Negro public school children in Mississippi because the new ruling in effect gives them what they asked for. Thrower said the issue o[ seg- rogaled private arose nrimanlv in tlie South as a result of Supreme Conn ac- tion and (ho civil rights laws- has been an issue before !he ex- ecutive branch "since at least Die late 1950." He pointed out that the John- son administration suspended all row exemptions for segre- gated private schools for two years beginning in 1965, and said the Nixon administration look up the question in late sp'-ing or early summer of 1969. Since then, he said, "there may have been one or two rul- ings Issued which might be quest ionahlc. Oil Boom Bond Debt Plagues Ranger Dads By JIM Reporter-News Staff Writer city of Ranger is attempting to refund for Ihe third time since 1933 bonds originally issued during the city's oil boom days, city Financial Commissioner Glyn Gilliarn said. He said that Ihe city defaulted on worth of refunding bond payments due on March 1, 1970. The bonds were issiicri back in UT System Selects New Chancellor AUSTIN (AP) _ The Univer- sity of Texas Board of Regents named a soft-spoken physician UT System chancellor Friday and chose (he recently fired state consumer credit commis- sioner as his special assistant. Dr. Charles A. LoMaistre, 4fi, was appointed chancellor, effec- tive Jan. 1. He was given the tille chancellor-elect for the per- iod between now and that dale. Francis A. Miskcll, 45, who was consumer credit commis- sioner between October and May was named special assistant to the chanrellor-elecl, effeclive Monday. Le Maislre has been deputy chancellor, wilh the system's main administrative dulies, since .lime 1969. lie joined the system administration in 196fi as executive vice-chancellor for heallh affairs. He will succeed Chancellor lielated story, I'g. 7-B Marry Ransom, when Hansom moves over lo Ihe newly created post of chancellor cmcrilus on Jan. 1. Miskell's appointmonl came as a surprise. About two hours before his election was an- nounced he told newsmen he had I'M found a job. Miskcll was close to former Gov. John Connally, and (here was Capitol speculation that Gov. Preston Smith a C'on- nally foe had engineered Mis- kell's dismissal. Smith, hnwcv- or, denied any role in Miskell's nuslcr by the Slate Finance Commission. licgents Chairman Frank C. Knvin Jr., a close friend of Con- nally, who appointed him as a jcgcnl, was asked about Ihe iikelihood Miskell's appointment might be interpreted as R slap al Smith. "I hope you Ihink I've gol more sense than not lo consult the governor Knvin told a reporter. Knvin praised Miskell as a "highly competent public ser- vanl." Five other top-level ariminis- tralive appointments were made Friday: Walker, deputy chan- cellor for administration. Walk- er was promoted from executive vice chancellor for fiscal affairs. Kenneth H. Ashworth, vice chancellor for academic af- fairs. Since 1969 he hss been as- sistant to the vice chancellor for academic programs. William 11. Knisely, vice chancellor for health affairs. He comes from Michigan Stale Uni- versity, where he had been di- rector of biology and medicine since 1063. H. Dilly, executive assistant to the chancellor-elect. He has been assistant tn (he deputy chancellor (LeMaislre) since 19fi9. James W. Wagner, as- sistant vice chancellor for aca- demic programs. He joins the system from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he had laughl since in the department of curriculum and instruction. LcMaistre, a silver-haired, slender, blue-eyed man, was professor of internal medicine and associalc dean of the uni- versity's Southwestern Medical School in Dallas at Ihe time of his appointment to the system staff. An Alabama native, I.eMais- Ire is a graduate of the Univer- sity of Alabama and the Cornell UniversltyfMedical College. (he early part of the century when Ranger was an oil boom town with a population of almost Gilliam said lhat when the boom ended most of the people moved away, saddling the little city with a bond debt of over half a million dollars. The bonds were first refunded in and then refunded again in 1340 with a smaller portion being refunded in 1946. The bulk of (he refunding bonds, worth, were originally issued in 1940. In 194S another issue of refunding bonds, totaling WHS sold. The grand total was and the interest rate was set at four per cent. The city was to pay the interest on a yearly basis and establish a sinking fund providing money to pay off the bonds on their due date in 1970 This fund was to receive money annually from' Ihe city's revenue sources until enough was accumulated to pay off the bonds. The bonds were issued around the 1920s for the general improvement of a city of some The money was used on such projects as streets and sewers. The Ranger city government began retiring some of the refunding bonds in 1943 and continued lo do so up to 1946. Then, from 1946 to I960, city officials failed to retire any more bonds and put no money inlo the sinking fund, although Turn to OIL BOOM, J-A   

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