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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY CONTEST: Test your smarts and win cash / SPORTS: Yankees tie series with Oakland, 2-2 / Fish make swimming pets page DIAltona mirror © Copyright 2001MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2001 500 newsstandTyrone ponders hike after mill closing By Walt Frank Staff Writer TYRONE — The closing of the Westvaco Corp. paper mill will impact more than the families of the 265 employees who will lose their jobs when it closes this month. The Stamford, Conn.-based corporation’s decision to close the mill might lead to an increase in taxes and sewer rates. The Borough of Tyrone could lose annual revenues of $526,500. according to figures provided by Borough Manager Al Drayovitch. The borough also could lose $41,500 in annual tax revenues: $21,000 in real estate tax, $2,500 in occupational privilege taxes and $18,000 in earned income tax. “If we lose all of these revenues in the general fund, we are talking about 2V2 mills in taxes,” Drayovitch said. “With this poten tial loss of money, it is possible it could lead to a tax increase next year.” The biggest hit will come from lost revenues for sanitary sewer and water service provided to Westvaco, which has operated in Tyrone since 1880. Drayovitch estimates the loss in annual sanitary service billings at $450,000 and water service billings at $35,000. “With the sanitary' sewer system, there will be a lower flow and we may be able to reduce the cost of operations,” Drayovitch said. “By the same token, we have enlarged the plant because companies Uke Westvaco had asked us for additional capacity. This creates additional costs.” The borough completed a $13 million project to upgrade and expand the 26-year old Tyrone wastewater treatment plant. “We previously said when the sewer plant project was completed we would look at the financial situation, take a look at the rate structure and determine what kind of adjustment would be needed,” Drayovitch said. “Suddenly the Westvaco news came out of the blue and this will make a further impact. We were looking at a rate increase, and the closing will make it even more." A sewer rate increase probably would impact customers in and out of the borough. The Tyrone plant serves about 4,322 residential customers: 2,000 from Tyrone, 1,500 from Antis and Snyder townships and 822 from Bellwood Borough. Tyrone customers pay $12.25 for the first 3,000 gallons of flow and $2.17 for each additional I.(XX) gallons per month. A cus tonier discharging 5,000 gallons per month pays $16.59. Antis and Snyder township customers pay $36 per month, and Bellwood cus tomers pay a flat rate of $27.02 per month. Meanwhile, Tyrone Area School District officials say the closing of the mill will have an impact on the district. Please see Westvaco/Page A4 MORE COVERAGE PAGES: ► AS, A6, Bl Bush rebuffs Taliban offer ■ President: Surrender of bin Laden is ‘non-negotiable.’ By GENARO C. ARMAS The Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush sternly rejected a Taliban offer to discuss handing over Osama bin Laden to a third country as U.S. jets began a second week of bombing. “They must have not heard. There’s no negotiations,” Bush said Sunday. The number of people exposed to anthrax grew to 12 with the addition of a police officer and two lab technicians in New York. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson declared that attempts to transmit the deadly bacteria through the mail “is an act of terrorism.” However, officials said they still do not have evidence linking the anthrax outbreaks in Florida and New York to terrorists. “We should consider this potential that it is linked,” Attorney General John Ashcroft said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It is premature at this time to decide whether there is a direct link.” Please see Bush/Page A7 FROLICKING IN FALL FOLIAGE Leaves have started to change color and are falling to the ground with winter approaching Dec. 21. Above: Two trees in Loretto are at their peak fall colors. It’s time to break out the rake as leaves begin to fall to the ground (right). If the weather cooperates with the cool nights and bright days, leaves will hit their most colorful peak between Oct. 14 and 20. Pennsylvania is known for its spectacular leaf displays at the change in seasons. A Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett COMMUNITY FUND-RAISER Area students hold dinner to raise money for relief By William Kibler Staff Writer Many Americans have had an unsettled feeling since the Sept. ll terrorist attacks. So, a couple of Hollidaysburg Area High School students tried an antidote Sunday: a chicken barbecue. Emma Zink and Brittany Dillier were concerned that while students talked about terrorism and the changes it has wrought, no one seemed to be doing anything. After a recent discussion in drama class, they decided to help by raising money. They will hand over a check for at least $2,200 to the Blair County Chapter of American Red Cross for the disaster relief fund to help victims and the recovery effort in New York and Washington, D.C. The barbecue dinner was DiUier’s idea because her mother organized them before, and they’re good moneymakers, she said. They decided on Sunday afternoon to catch people coming from church who then wouldn’t need to cook dinner. Please see Students/Page A7 Brittany Dillier and Emma Zink put meals together at the Knights of Columbus Hall Sunday. Hollidaysburg Area High School students held the dinner to raise money for the disaster relief fund to help victims and the recovery effort in New York and Washington, D.C. Plaintiff considers dropping city suit By William Kibler Staff Writer One of two residents suing the city for allegedly diverting $4.23 million in recreation tax to the general fund probably would drop the suit if the city manager would listen to him and pass on his ideas to Altoona City Council, he said. Former city Parks and Recreation chairman Bill Schirf, partner in the suit with former controller Stu Duncan, wants to speak with City Manager Joe Weakland to explain his proposal to transfer the city's recre ation responsibilities and all its recreation money to the Central Blair Parks and Recreation Commission. But Weakland has been uncoop erative, Schirf said. Weakland had no comment, saying the case is in litigation. The suit alleges the city illegally skirted the state’s 30-mill property tax cap by levying extra rec millage and declaring it for administration and public safety in the city’s parks and open land, according to their percentage of the city’s total area. Please see Suit/Page AIQ ■HHH ■■■■■I DELIVERY I Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 '22910 00050 a it    Mi BKS FOUR 3    7 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 61° ■ Forecast, A2 Altoona iHtrror H(^ADS^om We’re white-hot! [THE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. 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