Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Gazette Photo by John Mclvor
MARY ANN GRIFFIN, administrative assistant to state Senator Tom Riley (R-Cedar Rapids), has helped 146 elderly persons fill out property tax relief claims. Here she helps Mayme Edney, of 129 First avenue SW. Deadline for filing the
claims is July 31.
Ifs Your Business!
Meetings this week of public, tax-spending agencies
Phone Hours Extended for
I SEATS Calls
Camp Good Health
Previously reported $ 3,146.79 Gazette employes*
3:30 p.m. — Linn supervisors.
Room 103, courthouse.
7:30 p.m. — Linn County Municipalities Association. Regular meeting. Zion Lutheran church, highway 150 and Willman, Hiawatha.
8:30 a.m. — Cedar Rapids city council. Informal meeting. Fourth floor council chambers, city hall.
IO a.m. — Linn supervisors. Open session. Room 103,
Noon — Health center budget committee. Regular meeting Lower level conference room, Linn Health center, 400 Third avenue SE.
3 p.m. — Cedar Rapids city zoning committee. Fourth floor council chambers, city hall.
8 p.m. — College Community schools board of education. Regular meeting. Prairie school library.
9 a.m. — Cedar Rapids city council. Regular meeting. Fourth floor council chambers, city hall.
The SEATS minibus system
9:30 a.m. — Ground breaking ceremony for Linn county care facility. Linn county home on highway 13.
7:30 p.m. — Hiawatha city council. Special meeting. Council room, Hiawatha city hall.
ll a.m. — Cedar Rapids urban renewal board. Sixth floor conference room, city hall.
canteen fund In memory of Clarence Witt . . ....
for older residents has expand-! jn memory of our
cd its telephone reservation ser-j Oske V I a s t e n k y vice to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Senior citizens in Merged Area Ten may now call for trip reservations on SEATS anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the week. The reservation 11 system formerly closed at 4.
The local Cedar Rapids phone number for reservations is 398-5605. Others should call 800-332-5996, a toll-free number. Some rural residents served by independent companies will need to use their customary access number. Reservations should be made one day in advance of a trip.
JI Rich Brass, transportation g director for SEATS, said the ex-llpansion of telephone reservation
I service was necessitated by ris- and family
ing demand for the bus service. ,n memory of Mise
All residents, whether Kearney fro rn Mr.
members of SEATS or not, may and Mrs. I,. A. Eek-
$ |use the bus system, which pro- ert
II vides doorstep transportation in in memory of Mrs. I;Area Ten. Members of the svs- Frank Rainholt from
members In loving memory of husband and father, Fred A. Hull, from his family In loving memory of our folks, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stastny, sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Plot/., from Air. and Mrs. Edward (’. Stastny, Alt. Vernon In memory of Airs. Walter Winkrantz from Air. and Airs. Frills G. (’ram In memory of William and Ethel Barenz In loving memory of Airs. Leonard Filip.v from Air. and Airs. Edward Stastny and Air. and Airs. Purley
Rice Heads United Way 74 Campaign
C. I. Rice has been named the 1974 United Way campaign chairman. Rice is senior vicepresident of the Collins Radio Co. and general manager of the avionics division in Cedar Rapids.
Rice served as campaign vice chairman in the 1973 campaign and was in charge of the loaned executive program.
Rice said, “During the 1973 United Way campaign we made substantial progress in modifying the campaign organization
to where it could be effectively engineering from the University managed. It is my intent during of Wisconsin and a law degree the 1974 campaign to further Jrom the St. Paul college of modify the organization to give lavv tie has extensive experi-us a more direct working liaison ence ifl aviation electronics. with the agency boards and having held engineering, mar-
| tern, however, enjoy a special I? 25-cent one-way trip fare, while non-member senior citizens and ' younger users pay more.
“ Brass said sale of memberships in SEATS to older persons Is continuing. To purchase memberships, persons may send checks for Sa to SEATS, Area Agency for the Aging, 6301 Kirkwood boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids, 52406.
Another method of obtaining a membership is to make a reservation for a trip on the system
friends In loving memory of mother, Emma Nova, from I>eo and Agnes Soya 5.00
Total ..... S 3,327.33
1974 Budget $21,500.00
Yet to he raised §18,172.67
Theater Tribute To Ben Hecht Set at Luther
DECORAH — Actor James R
and to purchase the mem- „ , . ,
bership from a driver. Rural Sullivan of The New American residents should call the reser- Theater in Rockford. Ill will vat ion number to find out who Prcsenl An KvenlnB ""h B™
the membership chairman their community is.
Hecht” Thursday at Luther college in Valders auditorium at
8. Admission is $1. tem designed Hen Hecht was
C. I. Rice
transportation system designed Ben Beent was a colorful to serve the elderly. The organi-1 journalist with the Chicago zation is located ’ at Kirkwood Daily News, hest known for his Community college. Buses are column “One Thousand and running daily routes in all seven One Afternoons in Chicago”, counties of Merged Area Ten. Sullivan, a 1972 theater arts-
English composition double major of Beloit college, brings this colorful journalist to stage in PamIa* Tfin 4a IIii V much the same fashion as Hal
Center Trip to N.Y. Holbrook h a s
The annual spring trip to New Mark Twain.
Elderly Get Help With
New Property Tax Claims
By Dale Kueter
Think your property taxes are too high? Can't imagine anyone being worse off? Think again.
A 76-year-old Cedar Rapids W'oman had total income last year of $620.
Of that, she had to pay $230 in property taxes.
That perhaps is the most extreme case yet discovered by those who are helping elderly and disabled persons file claims under the new property tax relief law.
“Her daughter brought her some food, but she looked as though she hadn't any new clothes in 15 years,” said Mary Ann Griffin.
With Mary Ann’s help, the woman applied for reimbursement of 95 percent of the $230 in taxes paid in 1973.
In all, Mary Ann, an administrative assistant to state Sen. Tom Riley (R-Cedar Rapids), has helped 146 elderly and disabled persons in filling out the new property tax relief forms.
Another woman aided by the Council on Aging, was considering selling her house to pay property taxes owed. She filed for reimbursement of $300.
As of Jan. I, Iowans 65 and older and those totally disabled became eligible for a refund on a portion of property tax paid on their owned residence or rent constituting property tax paid if total household income did not exceed 86.000.
If two or more persons occupying a homestead qualify for the reimbursement, only one may file a claim. Also to qualify, the individual must have lived in Iowa all of 1973. and at the time the claim is made.
The maximum refund is 95 percent of the actual, out-of-pocket taxes paid in 1973 (owed for the year 19721 for those with total income of less than $1,000.
The refund percentage drops to a base of 25 percent for those with total income less than $6.(KH). Social security received must be included as income.
Forms for the property tax rebate are available at all county assessor and treasurer offices; at Iowa department of revenue offices; and at the 19
city assessor offices in the state.
A number of church groups are helping persons complete the forms. The Council on Aging has helped some 250 persons with the forms. The Associated Groups of Elderly (AGE) has filed a protest notice with state officials against inclusion of social security as income in computing the refund amount.
Michael Cox, an administrator in the property tax division of the Iowra department of revenue, in Des Moines, said some 20.000 claims have been filed so far. An estimated 100.000 persons in the state are eligible.
The deadline for filing the refund claim is July 31.
Cox said the refund checks will be mailed beginning in late August. The law requires all of the reimbursement checks to be issued bv Sept. 25.
The checks will be made out to both the claimant and the county treasurer.
While the amount of the claim is based on property taxes paid in 1973. the refund must be applied to any taxes owed this year. If any of the refund remains after that, it must be applied to first half taxes payable in 1975.
During the first year of the new program, the so-called double homestead credit will still be in effect. In addition to the regular $62 50 homestead credit, elderly (over 65) receive another $62.50.
Cox said there seem to be several areas of confusion concerning who is eligible for the refund.
One involves residents of nursing homes. He said those elderly or totally disabled who | live in nursing or custodial ; homes upon which property taxes are paid, are eligible to file a claim.
AMES — The Hone Dubos lecture scheduled for April 22 at Iowa State university has been canceled. Dubos, who was to have made the sixth annual Charles E. Bessey Memorial Lecture at the university, discussing “Man-Made Environments”, told ISF officials he was unable to appear at this time. The 1974 Bessey Lecture will be rescheduled in the fall.
a blooming surprise.
Still Spaces on Art
staffs in actually conducting the feting and general management!york sponsored by the Cedar He began his evening with campaign. We have made sub- positions with Northwest Air-;f^aplcjs Art center is scheduled Hecht in April, 1972, while at stantial progress in our prelimi- Tines. Aeronautical Radio, Inc., ^ay 2 through 5. Several spaces; Beloit college. He has had pre-nary commitment from the unf^ l^e Bendix Corp. sbji remain. Persons interested vious acting experience in col-
United Way board and staff. We Rice joined Collins in 1968 as in participating in the trip can lege producFons and as a mem-are progressing with the com assistant in Dallas, and became contact Pat Lawson at the Art ber of the Milwaukee Theater mitment of the boards and vice-president aviation market- center, 366-7503. Highlights of Co. for the second half of its
staffs of all the agencies in- ing in 1969. lie was named to his the trip will be museum visits 1971 season,
volved in the campaign. present position rn July 1972. and theater, including “Lore- -
“Each of us must commit our- ^r- Bice and his wife Elaine lei”, start ing Carol Channing. Wait Don't store it . . . sell it
selves to insuring that the in- reside at IOO Thompson drive The total cost from Cedar Rap- fast with a low'-cost Classified creasing needs of the people SE. has is $275. .Ad. 398-8234.
served by the agencies included in the United Way campaign are met. This may be a monumental challenge when one con-; siders w'e will have to raise at least 6 5 percent more money! just to offset the effects of inflation.”
Rice holds a BS in electrical:
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WHAT CHEER - The What Cheer Opera House will open its spring season May 8 with the Wayne King orchestra, making its ninth appearance at the Opera House. For tickets, write Larry Nicholson, What Cheer. Iowa 50268 or phone 634-2109 after 6 p.m. All seats are reserved.
os taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
OR. HAROLD OLOOMFIELD
in a free public lecture
MON., APRIL 23 f 7:30 pm, Roosevelt Hotel, Lowe Room
Dr. Bloomfield will be presenting the latest psycho-physiological research on Transcendental Meditation and how it affects EMOTIONAL STABILITY, EFFICIENCY ON THE JOB, HEALTH, ENERGY, SLEEP, DRUG ABUSE, CONCENTRATION, PERCEPTION, & CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE. He is an international lecturer and the first American Psychiatrist to become a teacher of T M. and the Science of Creative Intelligence.
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If there is no property tax assessment on the nursing home, the elderly occupant is not eligible to file a refund claim.
Those renting or owning a mobile home may file a claim only if the mobile home is assessed as real property rather than on a square-foot basis, Cox explained.
Those renters who qualify must first compute total rent paid in 1973, then subtract charges and costs for utilities, services and furnishings provided by the landlord, to arrive at the rent paid for occupancy only. Of the latter figure, 20 percent is allowed as a property tax refund.
A rental reimbursement will be in the form of a check made payable to the claimant only.
Cox said he believes most of the claim forms are being processed by the claimants themselves, but agreed the papers may be difficult to complete for many elderly.
State officials said elderly seeking assistance should make sure they have their 1972 property tax statement — taxes which were payable in 1973.
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Those needing assistance
may visit the department of
revenue office at 736V2 Eleventh street. Marion, or telephone 377-8268.
Persons may also telephone Sen. Riley’s office, 366-5681; the Council on Aging. 366-3311; the Kirkwood OREO office, 398-5535; 11 AC AP offices, 363-0249; or visit St. Patrick's school from 8:30 a m. to noon on Saturdays.
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