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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 5, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports No 1 Notre Dome41 Navy0 No 2 Colorado27 No 3 Nebraska21 No 4 Michigan42 Purdue27 No 5 Alabama Mississippi State 23 10 No 6 Florida State35 South Carolina10 No 7 Miami East Carolina 40 No 8 Illinois Iowa 31 7 No 9 Southern Cal48 Oregon State6 No 11 Arkansas Rice 38 No 12 Auburn10 No 19 Florida7 No 16PennState19 No 13 West Virginia9 California No 15 Arizona 29 28 No 17 Houston Texas Christian 55 10 No 24Virginia No 18NC State 20 9 No 20 Texas No 21 Clemson35 North Carolina3 Texas Tech24 No 22 Texas17 No 23 Brigham Young 45 Oregon41 No 25 Fresno State San Jose State Weather Cloudy By Monday A sunny Sunday will remain fair tonight under clear skies but it wont last Before Monday morning clouds will roll in again and the day will be cool and cloudy with a strong possi bility of showers The expected high will be near 70 today before dropping to a low tonight of alround 50 Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Doris Hawkins Anderson Martinez Ga Martha Andrews Aiken Farris Junior Brooks North Augusta Ernest P Byrd Aiken Mattie Edwards Johnston William A Hadwin Belvedere Jimmy Henry Twin City Ga Robert Alexander Bob Kitchings Wagener Sarah M Mackey Augusta Bethel E Metz North Augusta Annie M Sidener Augusta Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today Bridge6D Calendar1E Classifieds3D Dear Abby2E Local Front9A Obituaries6A Opinions1D Sports1B Weather6A Page 2A 97 Missing After Oil Ship Capsizes Page 9A City Election To Fill 4 Council Seats an Our ft Sunday November 5 Id89 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 277 Iran Celebration Gets Scant Attention Decade Passes Since USEmbassy Seized By ALEX EFTY Associated Press Writer TEHRAN Iran Iran marked the 10th anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy on Saturday by opening the compound to the public and displaying seven alleged CIA spies Most Iranians ignored the event The apparent disinterest was a blow to radicals who hoped to use the occasion to stir up antiAmerican passion It was a victory for President Hashemi Rafsan jani who wants to improve Irans rela tions with the West and end his countrys isolation About 10000 to 15000 people gathered outside the onetime US Embassy in Tehran which was stormed by militant students Nov 4 1979 For 444 days 52 American diplomats and embassy per sonnel were held hostage there Even routine Friday prayer gatherings attract more people than the rally Crowds at previous antiUS rallies have been estimated at more than 1 million The main speaker was former Interior Minister Ali Akbar Mohtashemi Rafsan janis main rival It was his first public appearance since he was dropped by Raf sanjani when he formed his new Cabinet in August Mohtashemi repeatedly referred to the animosity the late founder of the Islamic republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini harbored toward the United States Kho meini died on June 3 Ten years ago today when the stu dents following the Imams Khomeinis line seized the den of spies the whole world marveled that the face of America was pushed in the mud Mohtashemi said He noted that Khomeini was against any rapprochement with the bloodsuck er government of the United States The crowd often interrupted to shout Death to America and Death to Israel They waved lifesize portraits of Kho meini and his successor as supreme lead er of the Islamic republic Ayatollah Ali Khamenei During a march to the embassy from Tehran University a mile away some students burned an effigy of Uncle Sam and about 160 US flags some with skulls in place of stars Banners vowing to fight the US until the last drop of our blood hung from Please See IRAN Page 5A Aiken County Real Estate Values Appraised Value at Assessed Value Appraised Value at Assessed Value Mobile Homes at Assessed Value Mobile Homes at Assessed Value Total Appraised Total Assessed Current millage1707 Tax dollars county and 7 Aiken Co Property Categories 6 properties rental vacant commercial real estate 19137630 mobile homes total value for 6 properties 4 properties residential and agricultural real estate 65229150 mobile homes total value of 4 J properties Total number of Parcels 58234 real estate 10790 mobile homes 69024 total number of taxable parcels in Aiken County Total Market Values and Assessments in Other Tax Categories Manufacturing real Market Value Manufacturing personal Market Value Exempt Mfg real Market Value Exempt Mfg personal Market Value Bus Personal property Market Value Auditors bus personal prop Market Value Aircraft Market Value Watercraft Market Value Motor vehicles Market Value TotalMarket Value Note All property in this category Is assessed at 105 percent of fair market value Exempt manufacturing property Is exempt for county general fund purposes but Is still subject to school taxes Figures furnished by Aiken County Finance Office and Auditors Office Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp Protesters Must Deal With Special Glossary By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Fair market price assessment assess ment ratio homestead exemption real property and personal property make up a glossary that hold a broad meaning for taxpayers especially those protesting recent revaluations of their property To those who pay taxes on the houses in which they live the cars and trucks they drive and the businesses they operate an assessing officials language has a defi nite impact when the tax bill arrives The bottom line is what concerns most people and its the bottom line that counts when paying taxes Rudnick Fights Appeal Deadline Page4A Law Restricts Tax SurplusPage4A Appraisals Shoot Up For SomePage 4A In Aiken and the states 45 other coun ties the key stage in preparing the tax is left to the county assessor whose staff of appraisers must determine the fair mar ket value of every parcel then apply the stateauthorized assessment formula to it That formula is based on the nature of the property or what it is used for The amount of tax the socalled bottom line is determined by the assessed value of the property and the millage the county council uses or charges each taxpay er to fund the cost of government operations In South Carolina there are several categories of taxable property Among these are owneroccupied resi dences and farms by far the most nu merous and which are taxed on 4 percent of their fair market value rental proper ties and businesses taxed on 6 percent of fair market value motor vehicles and manufacturing facilities taxed at 105 percent of their actual value To figure your tax bill assume you own and live in a house that the assessor says Please See PROTESTERS Page 5A Tax Heat Focused Unfairly County Officeholders Carry Out State Law By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Tax shock has turned political heat on Aiken County Council members and oth er officeholders but controversial prop erty reassessment and tax hikes are a product of legislation enacted by the Gen eral Assembly in the mid1970s Sally Huguley of the House Research Office said an act passed by the legisla ture in 1976 empowered the State Tax Commission to order revaluation in all counties where property sales prices soared beyond assessed values Aiken County where a building boom linked to the Savannah River Site has been escalating for the past five years is one of those high growth counties The boom is substantiated by building reports that show more than million worth of new construction in the county since Jan Besides Aiken other counties with sim ilar building patterns in recent years and ordered to undergo reassessment are Spartanburg Lexington and Horry J Cecil Moore Jr a property tax spe cialist with the State Tax Commission said growth is the major factor in the reassessment process and he agreed with Ms Huguley on the legal foundation for setting tax valuation Reassessment is provided for by a state law passed by the legislature said Moore who added that the County Coun cil the auditor the treasurer and the tax assessor cant be blamed in the com plaints about higher property taxes They are only doing what they are supposed to do Moore remarked In the reassessment process a coun tys assessor determines the fair market and assessed values of taxable properties in the county the auditor keeps a record Please See TAX HEAT Page 5A E Germans See Hope In New Home In West Swiiiljg By KEVIN COSTELLOE Associated Press Writer MARKTREDWITZ West Ger many Thousands of East Ger mans poured into this border town Saturday after Czechoslovakia opened the floodgates for refugees who have abandoned hope of a bet ter life in their Communist homeland The break came late Friday when it was announced that East German officials had agreed to let allied Czechoslovakia open its western frontier to people pouring in from East Germany The people back there have just given up hope Olaf Acksteiner a 27yearold from Cpttbus told re porters after arriving on the first train carrying refugees from Prague the Czechoslovak capital The mostly young skilled work ers continue to leave their country despite the removal of hardline V leader Erich Honecker on Oct 18 and indications that his replace ment Egon Krenz is open to reforms On Friday Krenz announced a sweeping program of reform and the resignation of five old guard Politburo members Still as many as 1 million East Germans converged on the capital East Berlin on Saturday to de mand more freedom Many car ried signs deriding Krenz and the Communist Party voicing distrust and despair Neither Czechoslovak nor East German officials have indicated how long the escape route will re main open The refugees arriving here spec ulated that tens of thousands or more would take advantage of the unprecedented opening to a new life Please See E GERMANS Page Staff Photo By Glnny Southworth ENTERTAINMENT AT FAIR The Carolina Squares of Aiken entertain visitors to the 19th edition of the Southeastern Hobby Fair at Jackson For the story please see Page 9A v v ;