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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa $225 Million Surplus Combinationof Income, Sales Taxes, Investments By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (I DP A) -This has almost been an unbelievable year for state tax collections. To illustrate, a year ago legislative Fiscal Director Gerry D Rankin was predicting an unencumbered balance in the state treasury of $100 million on June 30 of this year. His critics said he was overestimating — that the economy was going to level off. So what happened? The state winds up with a balance of $225 million. Rankin, who had been upping his revenue estimates periodically throughout the year, says revenue for the 12-month period just ended totaled $898 Harrison Weber million, an increase on 22.2 percent over a year ago. Growth Rate Political observers and economists find this hard to believe. After all, for years the state’s economic growth rate was only 5 to 6 percent. The bubble really burst a year ago when individual in come tax collections skyrocketed by 23.5 percent. That trend has continued. Gross individual income tax collections this year are up another 26 6 percent. Individual income tax collections for the year ended June :m, 1974, totaled $354 8 million compared to $288.1 million the previous year. Sales tax collections have also been on the up-swing, $254.3 million this year compared to $218 million last year, an increase of 16.fi percent. Highest Interest A third major reason for the sizable increase in revenue can be traced to the state's investment of idle funds. Inter est earned last year came to $26 3 million, the highest ever. A year ago, the state only earned $9 million in interest. on its investments. One reason for the big increase, Rankin said, is because the state is getting 14 percent interest on some of its money through “repurchase agreements.” Rankin, like so many of today’s fiscal exports, doesn’t know what tomorrow will bring. He’s fearful that farmers, especially those feeding livestock, may be on the verge of a depression. “You hear so many horror stories about farmers feeding cattle and hogs. At today’s livestock prices there is no way a farmer feeding $3-a-bushel corn can come out on top,” Rankin said. “We’re already six months into the year and a lot of farmers have lost a ton.” This prompts Rankin to speculate that refunds on individual income tax are going to be up this year, maybe as much as $20 million, from $40-to-$fi0 million. He looks for a great many farmers to file loss-earry backs against their 1973 tax year. The state school foundation aid formula is pegged to state revenue; with revenue up, Rankin predicts there will be an additional $15 million available for schools this year. Mainly because of these two items, Rankin anticipates that for the first time in history the state will spend over $1 billion this current fiscal year. The state’s unencumbered balance, that’s operating funds plus surplus, has grown by $104 million this past year, from $121-to-$225 million. Why? “Inflation,” said Rankin, “obviously is the key reason.” But the state’s fiscal director says it is impossible to say how much of this increase can be attributed to inflation. What about next year? There are so many unknown factors at this time that Rankin is reticent about making a projection. He wants a few more days to think it over, which means he’ll probably have an estimate in a report, scheduled to be released next week to legislators. Stanley Woman In Hospital After Three-Car Crash WATERL(X) — One person was hospitalized following a three-car accident Tuesday at the junction of highways 20 and 57. Sylvia Zabrieskv, 81, Stanley, suffered a broken ankle and lacerations after the car in which she was riding turned in front of a car traveling in the opposite direction. The car, driven by Mariam Eugiene James, 60. Stanley, turned into the path of the vehicle driven by Sally Jo Connor, 32, Waterloo. The collision forced the James car into a third car driven by Lois Jean Martin. 46, Waterloo. Another passenger in the James car, Belle Morgan, 73, Oelwein, was treated and at Allen’s hospital and released. All three drivers and two other passengers in the James car were also taken to the hospital, with minor lacerations and bruises, but were not admitted. Waterloo police officials charged Mrs. James with failure to yield the right of way. Blaze Destroys Vacant School HILLS — An old schoolhouse west of here on the Paul Neuzil j farm burned to the ground Wednesday night. Hills firemen received the alarm about midnight and fought the blaze in the abandoned structure for several hours. A barn fire earlier this week on the Felton farm near Hills j remains under investigation. Arson is suspected in both cases, fire department spokes-! men reported. . Cf tint l\t\puU “Islab'ished in TMI bv the Gazette Co. I ana published doilv ond Sunday at SOO Third ave SE, Cedar Rapids, !o*a 52*06 Second class postage paid at Cedar Rapids. Iowa. Subscription rotes bv carrier 95 cents a week Bv mail: Night Edition and Sunday 6 Issues 13.75 a month, $39 OO a year: Af- j ternoon Editions ond Sunday 7 issues $3.85 a month, $40.00 a year. Other stoles and U S. territories $60 OO a year No Mall Subscriptions accepted in areas having Gazette carrier service. 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