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Big Spring Herald (Newspaper) - August 6, 1986, Big Spring, Texas I i critic ithe Crossroads of West Texas ice Cream Combine two summer treats with recipes for Texas Watermelon sherbet and Watermelon ice Cream pie. See food Page 8a. Isi Quot it a Rase Index comics.3b lifestyle. A obituaries.2a opinion.4a sports.1-2b weather.2 a vol. 59 no. 68 25 i lows that population q. What is big Springs population a. Big Springs population is 24,400, according to a 1985 study y City planner Bob Lima. The figure compares to 24,804 population in 1980 28,735 in 1970 and 31,230 in 1960. The estimated population for 1990, according to the study is too and for the year 2000 is 22,600. Board White Calls for sales tax hike Austin a gov. Mark White saying Low Oil prices Are a a Shadow darkening our Economy a today asked lawmakers to temporarily raise the sales tax from 4vs percent to Svi percent to help close the $3.5 billion budget deficit. A Tough times Call for Tough choices a White told a joint session of the House and Senate. A we need this emergency tax for one year. We need it for White who faces Republican former gov. Bill Clements in the november election told lawmakers he knows the political consequences of proposing a tax hike three months before an election. A some say this May Cost us our jobs. And it might. I know what i am asking you to do a White said. The governor also proposed cutting the state budget by $1.4 billion reductions he said would be painful but unavoidable. A these cuts Are deep and painful. I know what they mean in human terms. They Are devastating a White said. Among the cuts he proposed were $10 million from his own office $17 million from the department of health $64 million from three dozen state universities $78 million from Junior colleges and $86 million from the department of human services. He also said some state government employees May have to be Laid off although he said that would be a the very last however White proposed denying state workers the 3 percent pay raise they Are due sept. I and rolling Back their salaries another 3 percent. White also vowed to preserve the increased spending for Public education that was part of the school Reform Bill passed in 1984. A we did no to build Public education in 1984 to tear it Down in 1986,�?� he said. The governor also supported a three year $4.8 billion tax increase for those reforms and Highway improvements. Under Whites proposal the sales tax increase would take effect sept. I and expire automatically on aug. 31, 1987, the end of the current two year budget Cycle. Experts estimated it would raise about $900 million during the year it is in Force. If Oil prices a and state Oil tax revenues a increase enough before that time White said he would support Early abolition of the increase. Likening the dilemma facing lawmakers now to the situation faced by Texas founders during the 1836 revolution against Mexico White said a a let a do right. This will not be our Alamo. This will be our san the governors plan was presented at a time when it. Gov. Bill Hobby and House speaker Gib Lewis favor markedly different approaches to solving the budget crisis. Hobby has insisted the Only responsible solution includes a tax hike to avoid cuts in crucial services. But Lewis in whose chamber any tax Bill must originate vowed tuesday to Block any tax hike. Lewis said he would fight a tax hike even if pushed by White. A give us time to plan our Way out of this crisis not tax our Way out a he said tuesday As he announced his plan to eliminate 8,000 state jobs reduce state salaries by 3 percent and make other cuts that could save $1.2 billion. Thursday a gubernatorial candidate Bill Clements will be in big Spring for a reception and question and answer session at 10 30 in. In the Park inn Patio room. Friday a a the merry mixers will have a Square dance at 8 . In the Square Corral to caller James Moore. Guests Are Welcome. Saturday a a the big Spring humane society will have a Flea and tick dip from to . To 4 . At Highland Pontiac on pm 700. I the Public is invited to a Howard county Jaycees family fun Day at the old settlers Pavilion in Comanche Trail Park. Free drinks will be provided from i to 3 . A a rummage Sale to Benefit muscular dystrophy will be Leld at town amp country 3104 Parkway from 8 . To 4 . Sunday a the Howard county youth horseman club will sponsor a Benefit to help pay medical expenses for Scott roman 14, son of Mike and Linda roman of big Spring who was Hurt in a three Wheeler Accident recently. The Benefit will begin at 6 . At the club Arena on Garden City Highway and will consist of a Barbecue dinner barrel racing and a play Day. Barbecue dinner is $3.50 a plate. Tickets Are available at the door or by calling Jean Beck at 263-8827 or Kenneth Williams at 263-6458. Outside sunny skies today Are sunny with a High in the mid 90s and southerly winds at 5 to to Miles per hour. Tonight will be fair with a Low in the upper 60s. Thursday look for continued sunny skies with a High in the mid 90s.tesco May give refunds the average Texas utilities electric co. Customer would get a $10.50 refund if the company a plan to refund $64.8 million in overcharges to customers is approved. An application is to he sen the Public Utility commission asking authorization for the refund the company announced today. The Money has been saved because of lowered fuel costs according to a news release. The company will ask the Puc to authorize the refund a at the earliest possible Date a which probably will be in october through a credit to customers Bills. The refund will be made in accordance with the new permanent fuel Rule recently adopted by the Puc. The Rule requires that refunds be made if amounts overcharged customers exceed 4 percent of the company a annual fuel costs or $40 million whichever is lower. Such a Deal one year old Adam cohos left puts his bottle aside for a sip of Nickel Kool Aid tuesday morning at a stand at 18th and Mittel streets run by local entrepreneur Jay Gordon 6, above and another Young businessman. Holding Little Adam is Elouise cohos. Water situation Back to Normal by Hank Murphy staff writer City Hall this morning encouraged residents to water lawns with abandon As Crews tuesday finally got the Best of a Pesky Gate valve that had bewildered the City for nearly a month. The Success in removing the crippled valve coincides with work begun tuesday on bypassing Stopec Oil Cut May not affect Economy Washington a the open agreement to temporarily Cut Oil production to boost prices should not have much Impact on the . Economy but could give breathing room to troubled . Producers government and private economists say. If the agreement holds it also could help ease the Reagan administration out of what had become a thorny election year political dilemma whether to help ailing southwestern Energy companies at the expense of american Energy Consumers. Administration officials while publicly reiterating that free Market forces should determine Oil prices privately expressed guarded satisfaction Over the agreement that broke a Long open deadlock. A it takes a Little heat off what had become a very Nasty situation a said one administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The drop in world Petroleum prices has produced a serious economic slump throughout the Oil producing Southwest a while the rest of the nation has been reaping with 12-Inch line. A we might Start giving Green Stamps for people to Start watering lawns a said mayor Cotton Mize who was obviously pleased by tuesdays developments. There is no need he said for residents to abide by the previous even Odd watering scheme. Mize said installing the crossover pipe to bypass the valve at a Cost of $5,000, will enhance the distribution system by allowing water to flow around the valve should problems there arise again. The 20-Inch valve which had restricted water flow to High Side reservoirs had been impossible to repair because it could not be isolated from intense and constant water pressure. Inaccurate and incomplete records of the water systems valve and pipe configurations had hampered efforts to Block the pressure. But a valve at Johnson and 12th streets unnoticed in earlier efforts to de pressurize the troublesome unit was closed tuesday sharply reducing pressure and prompting a sigh of Relief from City officials. A we about wore the pressure source new York mercantile Exchange the benefits of lower costs. A somebody has tossed the . Oil Industry a life preserver but its a tenuous one at this Point a said Stephen a. Smith an Energy economist with data resources inc., a Lexington mass., economic forecasting service. A it May be Leaky. But it looks like something they can hold on to a Little analysts generally suggested that tuesdays action by the 13-nation organization of Petroleum exporting countries to reduce production from the current level of 20.5 million barrels a Day to 16.7 million could cause about a dime a gallon increase in . Gasoline prices at the pump Over the next few months. In tuesdays volatile Market the Price of a 42-gallon barrel of . Crude Oil closed at $15.02, up from mondays $13.29 closing Price. The collapse in world Oil prices earlier this year gave the United states its sharpest Price declines in More than three decades pointing toward an inflation rate of near 2.0 percent or less for All of 1986 a even with the anticipated new Oil Price increases. A it is Good for the Economy to have lower inflation. But there was an additional Long term problem. At $10 a barrel the Oil companies virtually had stopped exploration a Ortner said. Gauge out by staring at it a joked Mize. With reduced pressure Crews were Able to remove the broken mechanism and Seal the base. Public works director Tom Decell saw a Bright Side to the malingering problems at the water Plant. City pumping capacity has never water Page 2astacy dam faces new difficulties by Scott Fitzgerald staff writer outcry from a Federal environmental Agency and a property owner dissatisfied with purchasing bids from the Colorado water River municipal District Are the most recent obstacles facing the construction of Stacy dam Reservoir. John Fitzgerald of the defenders of wildlife in Washington d.c., said this morning if the army corps of engineers issues a building permit for construction of Stacy the conservation group May file suit to request that possible endangerment of the Concho water Snake be put to the endangered species committee in Washington. The snakes habitat is where the Concho and Colorado Rivers join. Some environmentalists say the species would become extinct if the Reservoir is constructed at its proposed site. Sen. Lloyd Bentson said thursday he was told by corps officials that they will approve the permit if the fish and wildlife service does Stacy Page 2a

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