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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 13, 1982, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona set Tot vol. 98�? no. 154 of our 108th year phone 948-7411 Altoona pa., monday dec. 13, 1982 final edition 2.v a copy huge City deficit looms despite �?T83 tax increase by Jeff Mui hoi Lem staff writer a sharply divided City Council will vote tuesday morning whether to embrace a 1983 budget calling for spending that exceeds revenues by More than 1550,000 according to a proposal presented by councilman Leonard l. Bettwy. Accounts and finances director. The Gap would be plugged by depleting $450,000 in budgetary reserves and dipping More than 1100,000 from contributions to the City a workmen a compensation Trust fund nonetheless a real estate tax increase of 3 59 Mills would be needed to balance the budget proposed by or. Bettwy. The City s general purpose property tax is 22.6 Mills. According to state Law Altoona s millage cannot exceed 25 without court permission. One Mill brings in about $176,000. Statements made during a 90-minute budget work session this morning indicate the proposal May Lack necessary Council support for approval. Opponents of the budget argue that it would put the City in the untenable position of confronting a la million deficit in 1964. Of the proposal is voted Down Council is expected to vote to approach Blair county court for permission to boost property taxes by As much As 5 Mills. Budget adoption will occur dec. 21 regardless about a week earlier than usual. Adoption was moved up to allow time to petition the courts if necessary. Quot we can balance this thing budget by not contributing the 1125,000 we had planned to the workmen s compensation Trust or. Bettwy told Council. Quot All i can say is at this Point i think this see Council Page 3 europeans protest nuke plans the uncertainties a Federal funds Altoona government finances like those of most american cities poise on the Edge of bankruptcy balanced Only by the annual injection of Federal Revenue sharing funds. The Cost cutting attitude of the Reagan administration has put Altoona s $1.2 million allocation in jeopardy. Of the City s allotment More than $900,000 goes to police and firemen s salaries of these funds were suddenly slashed councilmen claim Altoona finances would collapse. A taxing limit like All Pennsylvania third class cities Altoona is not permitted to Levy real estate taxes in excess of 25 Mills without court permission. Taxes May not exceed 30 Mills under any circumstances. Low property assessments councilmen maintain Are limiting the City s ability to fund services. Reassessment a a political hot potato that most Likely would have to be initiated at the county level a is not Likely in the near future according to local officials. City taxation is currently at 24.37 Mills. Of that however 1.76 Mills is levied solely to fund recreation arid debt service neither of which Are included in the 25-Mill Cap. The City can raise general purpose millage by 2.4 Mills without court approval. A Reserve fund the City could use $450,000 in budgetary reserves to balance the 1983 budget. That amount would have to be replaced by added revenues in 1964. Leaving a built in deficit of this measure is taken the City will spend More than it collects in 1963. A labor costs City labor costs Are Likely to increase by almost $500,000 in 1984 hikes averaging 5 percent Are expected for firemen and police. Non uni formed workers have already agreed to 60-cent-per-hour raises. City workers unions were awarded 154 percent wage increases for next year costing the see budget Page 3 police carry away anti nuclear weapons protesters from in front of the command Center in Stuttgart Germany. Up 30, too women surround . Hose in Britain Newbury. England up police dragged away too women blocking the Entrance to a us. Air base today during a sit Down protest by about Koo women against nato plans to deploy new nuclear missiles in Europe. The second Day of protests at the Greenham common base came after thousands of other anti nuclear demonstrators took to the streets sunday in Sweden Italy and West Germany. A police spokesman in Newbury said one woman and a police officer were slightly Hurt when too women were forcibly removed to Clear a path for five buses carrying . Military personnel. No arrests were reported. Quot there Are about 800 people in a sit Down protest at All eight Gates to the base but the demonstration is peaceful Quot a police spokesman said. The Greenham base 50 Miles West of London. Was surrounded by 30,000 women sunday who linked hands to form a human Chain. The protesters have vowed to close the base where 96 .-made cruise missiles Are to be deployed next year. In Stockholm Over 5,000 swedish demonstrators marched in an annual torchlight peace demonstration sunday. Banners read Quot a nuclear free Europe Quot and Quot Stop the see protests Page 3 Reagan Steps up Campaign to save my. Missile system Washington up presi Dent Reagan renewed his drive to save the my missile today hoping to persuade the Senate to approve Money to begin producing the system without passing judgment on How and where it should be based. Deputy press Secretary Larry Speakes predicted a close Senate vote but indicated the White House is More hopeful now than it was after a stunning defeat in the House last week. Quot certainly its do Able Quot Speakes said. Quot it s within Reagan set aside an hour of his morning to make Telephone Calls to senators and reserved another hour in the afternoon for possible meetings. Although aides insisted Reagan still supports the Quot dense pack Quot Basing Mode he proposed nov. 22, it was Clear he has moved away from the plan in the Hopes of winning the Money earmarked in a defense appropriations Bill to begin producing the first five my missiles. Quot the vote is on building the system. That a what the president wants Quot Speakes said. Quot dense pack is what our studies reveal was the preferred system. But As the president says if Congress wants to debate it they Speakes also was vague about whether Reagan would accept less than the $986 million sought for production. Other administration officials said the amount of Money was among the items open for Compromise. Reagan returned sunday from Camp David facing challenges in the lame Duck Congress to the my As Well As two other priority programs a his Caribbean Basin initiative and the 5-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax hike. The president offered Friday to consider alternatives to his Basing plan but insisted the production funds must be appropriated to demonstrate firm . Quot resolve Quot to counter a soviet military buildup. Quot the president realizes there Are problems Here and hell be looking with the leadership at ways to Compromise Quot one official said. Quot some Way work out this the Senate is to take up the my missile this week As part of a $231 billion military Bill. My opponents in the Senate said the president in announcing his willingness to explore other Basing options last week had been conciliatory and were optimistic a Compromise can be reached. Bell Sale customers May be Able to buy rented phones by Tom Gibb staff writer if the state Public Utility commission says Quot yes Friday Bell of Pennsylvania May ring in the new year by Selling willing customers the telephones they now rent. The move would mean a whole new wrinkle in a Telephone Industry suddenly filled with new wrinkles. If the Puc gives its approval Friday Bell customers who lease their phones from the phone company would have the option of buying those phones at prices equivalent of anywhere from la to 27 months of rental payments. For instance the Standard rotary dial desk phone now costs Bell customers 95 cents a month to rent. Customers whose have that Model in their Homes will be Able to buy them for $26. The top of the line tramline touchtone phone rents for $48 a year but customers currently leasing it could buy it for $55. It would Mark the first time that Bell of Pennsylvania customers were permitted to buy the Standard telephones a the Basic desk and Wall models Princess and tramline phones a from the phone company. The prices Well below the prices on equivalent new models offered by radio Shack. Get. Itt and David see Bell Page 3 a Bell Telephone prices competitions phone prices in place phone new phone monthly rate get Price itt Price radio Shack David Weis Standard rotary $26.00 $33.00 $0.95 $34.95 $31.90 $39.95 $39.95 touch tone $43.00 $60.00 $2.50 $74.95 $51.90 $64.95 a Princess rotary $31.00 $41.00 $2.75 $39.95 Nana a Princess touch tone $47.00 $65.00 $3.50 $64.95 Nana a tramline rotary $40.00 $50.00 $3.00 $64.95 $54.95 $59.95 a tramline touch tone $55.00 $70.00 $4.00 $84.95 $74.90 $64.95 a prices based on Puc Survey and David Weis Catalon in the Mirror haunted residents of a Pittsburgh area neighbourhood Are reportedly haunted by a tragic string of 34. Career High Lou Schmitt tossed in a career High 20 Points saturday night to Lead St. Francis College to an 82-69 21. Guardians Penn farm estates residents have formed a determined Force of 96 guardian Angels for neighbourhood 31. Index accidents.12 area.31 births.8 class d.34-38 crime.13 features.39 life/style.28 movies 18 obituaries. Opinion 6 sports.21-26 stocks 14 weather tonight fair cold Low in the 20s. Tomorrow sunny Milder High in the Low to mid 40s. Details. Pollution 2. Today a press run 38,900 a thousands of British women encircled the 9-mile Perim the installation of the cruise missile at the base. Many were Eter of the american base at Greeham common sunday to protest imprisoned for their demonstrations. Up president and mrs. Reagan talk with children dressed As elves during the taping sunday of the a Christmas in Washington a television special. The show to Benefit the children a Hospital National medical Center will be aired tonight. A

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