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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - January 21, 2005, Bedford, Pennsylvania Established 1812 192nd year 23 january uses 04772000 single copy 75 cents tax collector dispute fee change by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer Chaneysville thirty eight tax collectors will see As much As a 50 percent reduction in the fees they earn for collecting county per capita and real estate taxes in 2006 if the county commissioners follow through with a change in their the county commissioners said Dur ing a meeting tuesday at the Chaneysville senior Center they have been pondering a change from tax col lectors commissions to a per parcel fee for real estate property if that the tax collectors will said Michael collector for Bedford townships the 38 collectors currently earn a percentage of what they a Range of 2 percent to percent depending on the size of the Munici those in larger municipalities received a lower but the commissioners said they will enact a new ordinance changing that compensation to a per parcel the commissioners after months of discussion and com Promise came up with a payment of per we feel nobody looked at what the Job entails and put a value to commissioners chairman Steve Howsare said every time you raise they get a Howsare All other employees raises Are approved by the county salary the tax col lectors should be no Howsare Herline said when the tax collectors meet with the commissioners his group will have a com Pelling argument against the find out what the ramifications Are if they were going continued on Page 5 delinquent taxpayers face higher late fees by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer Chaneysville bed Ford county taxpayers who allow their per capita taxes to be delinquent May have to pay As much As for a per capita county tax at least one county commissioner said tuesday there May be some Benefit to getting rid of the per capita tax the county one of the so called nuisance taxes billed to per capita for the county brings in about according to the county bldg its hard to com missioner Dick Rice the county hired a new statewide tax recovery of to replace Bedford county tax to collect delinquent per Capi the commissioners Hope statewide will have More Suc Cess although officials say it will Cost the late taxpayers More Steve owner and president of Bedford county tax said his company had been the collection Agency for the county about 35 whether or not he was the county collection he said killing off the per capita tax in place of More property taxes is probably the Best that would be the Best solution to the whole prob Kachman there Are Many of instances where peo ple should be on the tax but As Well As those taxed twice or taxed when they live in another municipal Ity where Treyve already he continued on Page 8 local couple fled As tsunami hit by Danielle Hart Gazette staff writer for Matthew and Bushika Weera Souriya 26 dawned like any other Day on the Island of sri the two never suspected that a Bright and sunny Day would turn into such devastation for their forget what youve seen in the Matthew wrote in an article on his blog site Therp was no huge Wall of and id never heard about smaller Waves preceding the main it was a Beautiful and a Calm you Tell anything was coming by look ing at the he Contin even if you look at a lot of the footage that been Tele Vised or passed around on the it Doest really show the Power of the Tsuna it looks More like Choppy Waves and a Quick High tide than the Wall of Blue Breakers you see in big budget disaster he Bushika met at Springs Manns Choice two years and were married in a ceremony in Pakistan this past the two currently reside in sri and were visiting the Beach hotel Bay Roo in about 31 Miles South of on the Day the tsunami hit sri they were at a Beach hotel and actually going to the said Matthews Moth Kitty Heinle of Manns the two were with a group of friends from Matthews work and were set for a fun Day at the the men were dressed in their swimsuits before the women and headed to the front Lawn to toss a Frisbee while they the first wave to come in washed All the Way up to a Fence that separated the Beach from the hotel Matthew on these pictures were taken by Matthew and Bushika Heinle As the first set of Waves washed Over sri they stopped taking pictures once they realized something was not and headed for higher Matthew is in the shadows at the far right in this they had their Eye on the water after the first wave came Kitty they were kind of bewildered didst know what it just curious because it was a Little bit it was there was no sign of anything Matthew the Waves were no higher or faster than the water continued to Rise and spilled Over into the eventually Rushing into the first floor rooms and hotel said Matthews Denny they thought it was just some Freak High the water then spilled onto the hotel not in a Roar of fierce White but silently and As if some one had left the Hose running out inthe very big Matthew with the water the group gathered their belong Ings from the first floor and moved it to a second floor the men then went Back Down and helped hotel workers pick up the scattered Lawn chairs once the water started to in Hind Matthew described that their efforts seemed like pol Ishing the brass on the Titan since their Beach plans were the men went to the swimming Pool to play water but with the women on the second floor they could see farther out to Kitty while we were the seas level started to drop and the reef 50 Yards off Shore started to and there was something like a Muddy whirl Pool starting to form just behind the Bushika wrote in an the women then started Yelling for the Rushi a was Yelling at her Hus band they had to Kitty once the men rejoined the women in the they continued on Page 5 police blocked the Street to Everett High school after a bomb threat was received nothing was found in a search of the Everett High school evacuated after threat by Micha Frazier Gazette staff writer Everett students at the Everett High school were evacuated and moved to a different building because of a bomb threat about tuesday details about the Call Are not being released and state police wont say there is a state police did that there were no devices it is still under i Vestiga we Are following information As a result of the Daniel Krauss said the state police called in two out county bomb sniffing which did not uncover any Everett superintendent Daniel Koontz was unable to comment the initial after school was Back in he said the students were first evacuated to the outside As the guidelines of their Emer gency plan he said when the state police the school was Given permission to use Allegany College of Mary lands building adjacent to the no one was permitted to leave the Entrance to the school was blocked by an Everett or Ough police Koontz said the High school students were bused to the elementary school for lunch and when they about they were allowed to go Back into the school Krauss said that after the scene is it is up to the schools administration whether to resume Everett High school resumed although the initial investigation at the school is com Krauss said the investigation is fundraising for jail Chapel progresses by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer people from All walks of life continue to throw their support behind the Campaign to raise Money for a new Chapel at the Bedford county the Bedford county jail Chapel ministries is hoping to raise for the estimated construction and related jail chaplain and member of the ministries Board of directors Myrl Musselman still believes they can break ground this we Are Well past 40 per cent of our Mussel Man the Campaign opened in since youth civic groups and Many others have its Musselman he said an inmate contributed from his commissary account which inmates or family members can con tribute so prisoners can buy while according to the lease agreement with the county the Bedford county prison Chapel ministries must show proof they have 100 percent funding before they can break even though they Are Only at about 40 Musselman still anticipates a Spring Start for from the i expected it to come i expected a groundbreaking in the Spring and i still Musselman Legal and other professional services Are being donated along with materials and the county commissioners have voiced their total sup port for the project As has sheriff Gordon Diehl and new Warden Brian Mussel Man people of All walks of life in the county have been very supportive of the jail Musselman from the Day i walked in there when and former assistant Warden Eric Easton and Patti Hann social services from the guards and administration right Down to the present they All have been very supportive of the ministry and Chapel Musselman a 12member Board Over sees the Chapel ministry which began with Musselman several years ago when he began taking bibles into the continued on Page 5

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