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   Corpus Christi Times (Newspaper) - February 3, 1975, Corpus Christi, Texas                              corpus christi Vol 66155 CORPUS CHR1STI TEXAS MONDAY FEBRUARY 31975 32 PagesPrice 15 Cents TE Fiseilfnt ISS tslimte r Individual Income Taxes Corporofion Taxes Insurance Receipts mm IT 68ES From Payments to Individuals Fords Budget M Chart shows individual tax dollar where it comes from and where it goes AP Wirephoto Chart By R GREGORY NOKES WASHINGTON AP President Ford sends to Congress today a fiscal 1976 budget of billion containing a record peacetime deficit that he said is necessary to get the economy in shape The President warned in advance that the billion deficit he is proposing could swell to nearly billion if Congress fails to approve billion in spending cuts he also wants Overcoming the recession is not the only goal of my budget it is equally essential that we not rekindle the fires of inflation Ford said at a weekend briefing for newsmen But never before has the federal government planned to borrow so much in peacetime and only during the war year of 1943 was there a greater deficit billion Ford blamed the deficit on a recessioncaused decline in tax revenues the tax cuts he is proposing and spending for unemployment benefits and other jobless aid Except for energy Ford said his budget does not include spending for any new pro grams although he added it does provide for a billion hike in aid for the unemployed above 1974 levels The budget presented to Congress today also was expected to contain SlObillion rebate of 1974 taxes to Grocery Bill Down By LOUISE COOK Associated Press Writer Sugar prices tumbled during January reflecting a buildup of supplies at refineries and the decreases helped cut the family grocery bill in the first month of 1975 an Associated Press marketbasket survey shows The AP drew up a random list of 15 commonly purchased food and nonfood items checked the prices on March 1 1973 in a supermarket in each of 13 cities and has rechecked at the start of each succeeding month The survey showed that the bill went down in January in seven cities and up in six The average decrease was 3 per cent the average increase was 1 per cent Overall the bill decreased a little less than 1 per cent during January The pattern was the same during December when sales on beef and a leveling off of sugar prices brought shoppers an endoftheyear bonus with marketbasket declines in seven cities The marketbasket bill was up in every city over the 12month period that ended Feb I The average increase was 20 per cent Soaring sugar prices throughout 1974 brought record profits to refineries and caused consumers to seek alternative sweeteners Supplies built up and the refineries started cutting the prices they charge supermarkets some refineries have had to close plants temporarily because of an oversupply of sugar The AP survey showed that the savings reached consumers in January The price of a fivepound sack of granulated sugar was down in 10 cities with an average decrease of 13 per cent The price went up a penny in Salt Lake City Utah and stayed the same in Los Angeles and Seattle Despite the January declines the price of sugar at the start of February was well above levels a year earlier with a fivepound1 sack of sugar now costing over in every city The AP survey showed an average increase of 205 per cent over the 12month period No attempt was made to weigh the AP survey results according to population density or in terms of what per cent of a familys actual grocery outlay each item represents The latest AP check showed that egg prices continued their decline The price of a dozen eggs was down in every survey city except Providence RI where the cost remained the same The average drop during January was 10 per cent There were a few meat bargainswith sales on chopped chuck reflecting increased supplies of beef But pork chops went up during January in 11 cities rising an average of 8 per cent The increases are due to smaller supplies of pork which had been expected because of production cutbacks last year by hog farmers faced with high prices for feed grain County Asks New Law Making RevenueBond Vote Possible By SPENCER PEARSON Staff Writer The County Commissioners Court today asked for a new law that would a How voter approval of the issuance of revenuebonds for hospital districts This was a reaction to a request by the Nueces County Hospital District for the commissioners court to issue million in revenue bonds to finance a million expansion of Memorial Medical Center The other million would come from a federal grant The resolution specifically asks the local delegation to the legislature to introduce and pass a general law authorizing commissioners courts on behalf of hospital districts to issue revenue bonds if authorized by an election held for that purpose or in the alternative on the motion of the commissioners court In other business today the commissioners heard reports on the county home aid program and on the night magistrate program authorized the tax department to collect from mixeddrink clubs and lounges that have been in business four years and approved a number of other items County Judge Robert N Barnes opposed issuing the hospital bonds without voter approval State law does not provide for an election on revenue bonds for hospital districts He suggested an election to issue tax bonds to finance the project but the hospital district board opposed tax bonds saying revenues from the hospital could finance the project Barnes said the commissioners court had four alternatives 1 Reconsider the request and approve the revenue bonds 2 Do nothing 3 Call a tax bond election without a request from the hospital district board and 4 Pass a resolution asking for a law allowing revenue bond elections The judge said the first three alternatives were not feasible to him My own opinion is No election no bonds hesaid Commissioners Carl Bluntzer and Solomon Ortiz said they would not like to see the bond issue delayed so long that the June 30 deadline for obtaining the million federal grant would be passed Barnes said he believed we have a chance of meeting the deadline He said that upon passage of the Sec COUNTY Page 8A Deaths Unexplained The Mystery Lingers On ByBILLHESTER Staff Writer Nearly two years after his death the mystery of why Robert Hammons died lingers on Hammons body was found floating facedown in the water near Cole Park early one morning in May 1973 He was nude His clothes car and wallet with identification were found about a mile away just off Ocean Drive There was no evidence Hammons died violently said Nueces County Medical Examiner Dr Joseph Rupp And there was no evidence of drugs headded Yet his acquaintances said Hammons was not the kind to decide to take an early morning swim in the nude said Rupp Nor was it likely he would have taken his own life the investigation showed And he had no known associates who would want to harm him Rupp said So the mystery remains Why did Hammons die That he drowned is certain but how Hammons death is one of a number of mysteries each year whose circumstances Rupp must try to unravel Eighteen such deaths in the past two years have been listed as manner undetermined Not all are as puzzling as the death of Hammons Many are drugrelated and the cause drug overdose is known But the question lingers did the deceased take the overdose accidentally intentionally or was he murdered Giving an addict undiluted heroin is one way a dealer could get rid of someone he thinks is talking to the police said Rupp But how can you determine if the overdose was given to him or he took it himself That a medical examiner must be both doctor and detective is illustrated by the death of Willie Jackson whose remains were found in a secluded grassy area in San Patricio County last June 3 The last trace of Jackson being alive was when he signed off a ship as a seaman March 27 Jackson was from Florida but his home port was Corpus Christi Jacksons death presented Rupp with a problem A mowing machine and small animals had scattered bones over a half an acre There were numerous nicks and fractures in some of the bones and holes and tears in the remains of his clothing Were any of them evidence of murder After an extensive investigation Rupp decided all of the marks on the bones and clothing had been caused by the mower or animals Jackson he concluded had probably not been murdered Just how he died is still uncertain But he was found in a ditch area and he died in a rainy time of the year The likely answer said Rupp is that he fell into a ditch and drowned Such cases come to Rupp every year But the death that intrigues Rupp most is that of Hammons o Hammons was a very straight kid Rupp said with emphasis individual and corporate taxpayers a move intended to stimulate the economy Another billion would be paid out of the 1975 budget for a total rebate of billion 5 per cent ceiling on increases in Social Security benefits federal pay and all federal income distribution programs in 1976 to save an estimated billion spending on energy development programs to help the nation achieve energy independence 14 per cent increase in defense expenditures to about billion up from about billion in the current fiscal year Ford also has proposed a increase in energy taxes but these would be refunded to Americans through a corre sponding program of tax reductions Total 1976 spending would be up 11 per cent over estimated 1975 spending Total 1976 revenue is estimated between billion and billion up nearly 8 per cent over estimated 1975 receipts of billion The S52billion deficit for 1976 compares with the estimated 1975 deficit of billion both peacetime records Ford Budget Highlights tir A u HY f TT WASHINGTON AP Here are highlights of President Fords budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 DEFICIT The federal government would spend billion more than it takes in running up the biggest deficit since the deficit at the height of World War II Spending would amout to billion up billion over this year Revenues are estimated at billion an increase of billion PHILOSOPHY To help restore economic health and act compassionately to aid those most seriously affected by unemployment Ford proposed tax rebates designed to spur consumer spending higher taxes to discourage energy consumption and a federalpay and benefits ceiling to hold down spending TAXES The tax rebate would amount to billion for individuals and billion for corporations with only billion of the total coming out of the 1976 budget Energy taxes would raise billion but Ford said this would be returned to the economy in incometax reductions and lowincome benefits Social Security recipients and federal employes who stand to receive a raise of at least 85 per cent this summer would get no more than Spercent ENERGY energy taxes would be on domestic natural gas and crude oil as well as imported crude The ad ministration also would remove the Local Food Prices Near USo Level The cost of food Jocaliy is running the same in most cases as national costs a survey shows The following marketbasket list shows first the current prices for food items here followed by the national price and the price for the items in Corpus Christi a month ago One pound chopped chuck and One pound centercut pork chops 29 One small can 6 ounces Tree Sweet frozen orange juice 31 cents 31 cents 31 cents One roll Scott paper towels 57 cents two rolls others 71 57 cents 57 cents One pound Maxwell House coffee 27 One dozen medium white eggs 74 cents 74 cents 8 cents One pound butter 99 cents 99 cents One 12ounce jar Peter Pan peanut butter 70cents70cents 67cents One 32ounce jug Downy fabric softener 88 cents 88 cents no December figure One 49ounce box All detergent 99 cents 99 cents 99 cents One bag Nabisco chocolate chip cookies 98 cents 98 cents 98 cents One quart milk 50 cents 50 cents 50 cents One pound allbeef frankfurters 99 cents 99 cents 95 cents One 5pound sack Imperial granulated sugar Rain Expected Over Area for Several Days Cloudy cool weather with intermittent ram is expected in the Coastal Bend for the next few days the National Weather Service said A thin layer of cool air at the surface is being overrun by warm air from the southwest causing clouds and rain said Jim Cole a forecaster with the weather service at International Airport The probability of rain is 50 per cent today and tonight and 20 per cent tomorrow said Cole It looks like there wont be any change for the next two or fhree days said Cole Highs will be in the low 50s and lows in the low to middle 50s Winds will be 816 miles an hour from the north and northeast controls on domestic oil and natural gas prices and absorb producers windfall profits by a special tax Spending for re search and development on energy would rise million billion INCOME SECURITY Federal payments for Social Security food stamps unemployment and similar social programs would rise billion to billion Foodstamp payments would be cut by million to billion DEFENSE billion figure is up billion over last year and would allow reshuffling troops to make the Armys current 13 divisions into 16 and buy enough hardware to equip the three new divisions The money also would go to replace equipment shipped to the Middle East during and after the Yom Kippur war New guidedmissile ships nuclear submarines aircraft and missiles are on the military shopping list FOREIGN AFFAIRS The President proposed a rise in foreign aid to billion not including billion as the first installment on a safety net under industrialized countries staggering under the heavy load of imported oil prices The total also includes a cut in the Food for Peace program to billion It does not include an increase of billion to a total of billion for military assistance to other nations Auditorium on Council Agenda By DON RODMAN Staff Writer The City Council is expected lo fill in the final squares Wednesday to get things going on a new community auditorium They will call for bids to be received March 5 on the facility and are expected to finish buying the land in the primary auditorium site The two purchases for more than half of the block directly across Shoreline from the CityCounty Health Building will total The site of the health building the street and the adjacent block are where the auditorium will stand A convention and exhibit hall stil in legal limbo is planned for the next block south The tracts to be acquired were condemned by the city An agreed settlement was reached before trial that will allow the city to buy five parcels from the G E Gibbons Estate for Under the agreement the city will be paying a square foot for the property Original appraisals had placed thevalue at a square foot on most of the area and on one piece The council will be asked to pay the Gulf Coast Title Co or a square foot for a lot containing rental apartments directly behind the health building The price was set by a special condemnation commission The city has had two appraisals of the lot at and a square foot Prices paid for the Shoreline Drive frontage compare to an average of to a square foot paid for lots back from the water in the Bayfront Arts and Science Park The block where the condemnation suits were necessary is the area Mayor Jason Luby has insisted should have been purchased first He has claimed that the city staff is responsible for it now being acquired after long delay and at a considerable increase in cost The staff has argued that it is simply a matter of not See COUNCIL Page 8 A Lagging Sugar Sales Helped Cut Price Here By THURMA HILTON Staff Writer Sugar prices are coming down here mainly because shoppers quit buying it according to grocers A spot check of stores indicate that while prices vary they generally are within a few cents of each other Richard Doty grocery buyer and price coordinator for HEB food stores said the Imperial brand of sugar sells for for five pounds today while it sold for last month in their stores The companys private label sells for It sold for in December Frank Morales assistant manager at Handy Andy 291 on Airline said the only change in that chains sugar prices has been in the twopound size The price went from in December to this month The fivepound bag continues to sell for and 10pounds for Biel stores are selling 5pound bags for and twopound bags for According to Richard Van Loh office manager for the chain a fivepound bag sold for more than last month Lionel Mendoza grocery department manager at Kroger Center on Ayers said that sugar business is picking up mainly because of a decline in prices Powdered sugar there sold well until last month After the holidays it slowed said The onepound box of powdered sugar can be bought for 60 cents at Globe cents at Handy Andy and See SUGAR Page 8A in the today Editors Choice Eating a Bargain in US Food prices worse elsewhere Page 1C Dean Responds to Critics 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