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Daily Chronicle, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1971, Centralia, WashingtonBlockhouse listed on Register stans Kosygin Confer Moscow a Secretary of Commerce Maurice h. Stans discussed Trade for nearly 3 a hours today with Premier Alexei n. Kosygin ithe soviet Leader told him we Are pinning great Hopes on your Kosygin told suns he hoped an important positive shift in i our relations will grow from v the visit the first by an Ameri scan Commerce Secretary. By i be added that he did t expect this historic located in fort Park was placed Friday on Washington stale Regis for of historic places. The action by the Washington state advisory Council on historic Dur ing meeting in Vancouver. A spokesman re ported the Blockhouse will not considered for placement on the National Register because i authentic nature his been lost because of restoration and movement from its original site. While placement of a on Register dots not qualify it for Federal Aid it does recognition of the site s signify in Washington state history. Chron icle staff photo gain in county Revenue seen in Power tax Bill in chronicle Cen Trolio Chehalis Washington 10 cents so Furoy nov. 20. 1971 26 Kogej 30th yer no. 275 s. Viets appear poised for cambodian thrust phenom penh Cambodia two new Clearing opera sons Seattle special passage of a proposed measure to put municipally owned electric utilities under the Public Utility District tax would mean an additional million in Revenue to Lewis county it was disclosed Here saturday mor Ning. The Revenue figure was disclosed by rep. Irving Newhouser Yakima chairman of the Revenue and regulatory agencies committee of the legislative Council. Hearing conducted the committee conducted a Public hearing at the University of Washington on the proposed legislation which in addition to establishing tax equity Between Public and private utilities would extend the local half cell sales tax through 1977 and require locally levied business and occupation taxes to be assessed against the same base As the state b and 0 tax. Giving testimony on the Power tax sections of the Bil were Jack Britten Centralia representing a Lewis county Edward f. Conzatti Centralia Public works com missioner representing Centralia City Light a. J. Bren Ninger executive assistant o Tacoma City Light and a spokesman for Seattle cite Light. Tax equity endorsed Britten said members of the Centralia chamber of com Merce tax study committee endorsed the Section calling for municipally owned utilities to a a Levy comparable to that a on hydroelectric facilities As Tacoma City Light s to dams in Lewis county Layfield and Mossyrock. Requested Britten asked that this Section altered to provide that if in negotiated payment is less Jan it would be under a visions of this Bill the City would pay the difference to the county in which the Power ability is located. Brenninger said it v Esible to negotiate tax Lay Ranels on the Centralia team electric Plant although there is no specific provision late news bulletins Saigon a the . 101st airborne division the captor of bloody hamburger kill began phasing out of combat today six weeks ahead of schedule As part of an accelerated troop pullout to Send thousands of gis Home irom Vietnam for Christmas. Washington a the Senate easily Defeated two democratic moves to Cut Back on major business benefits the tax Cut Bil today. Similar efforts Hac been made earlier in the debate and were Defeated by much narrower margins. Rain mostly cd Cuchy through sunday. Chonce of rain. High 45-55. Lew in 40s. Complete weather in Page 4. Said by puds. However be position imitating to the expressed of one Section negotiated inthe Boffl. He indicated the City of Tacoma is willing to renegotiate existing contracts with Lewis county on the Mossyrock and Mayfield dams. Measure opposed Seattle and Tacoma City Light spokesmen opposed the Bill As presented would impose an Burden on the Consumers. Their remarks were echoed by Conzatti who said imposition of the pud tax on municipal utilities would Cost Centralia City Light users about More per year. Conzatti noted that the Centralia Utility pays about 14 per cent of its Revenue to the City of Centralia one of the highest if not the highest percentages in the state. The Centralia official called for More study on the Bill. Any immediate momentous stans said through a spokes Man that he handed Kosygin a letter from president Nixon and that the soviet Premier expressed great pleasure at the president s interest in improved commercial relations Between our two Tass the government news Agency said the Nixon letter j expressed readiness to Norma Lize and develop Trade and eco nomic relations. The letter was received with Tass reported. Tass and the spokesman for stans said a wide Range of eco nomic topics were covered Dur ing the Kremlin meeting. Stans said the talks form a solid base for further conversations he plans Wilh lower ranking soviet facials including foreign Vade minister Nikolai Paoli Bev. Kosygin told stans that the saying it kit could serve to draw additional p a program of approach develop our Trade and economic a thousands of South vietnamese troops and a Mored vehicles were seen Mas sing along the cambodian Bor Der today poised for a possible attack against North Vietnam Ese and Viet Cong bases. The cambodian command s chief spokesman said earlier in the Day that a South Vietnam Ese thrust into enemy bases along highways 1 and 7 in East pm Cambodia would help ease the pressure on cambodian forces near phenom penh and on the northeastern front vietnamese regiments just to around Krek and to the South the West of the Capiti. Am of the town on the South Viet Rong ruled out the use of South namese Side of the Border. North and South of phenom penh in efforts to ease North Viet namese pressure on the capital. At the same time military Headquarters reported 69 Cam Bodian troops killed in the a South vietnamese drive two Days of a third drive on s into enemy sanctuaries along phenom penh s Western out Highway 7 in Eastern Cambodia emmy vietnamese allies near the Cap-1 u Jujj be Amoeo Vaai inc i Xiuyu Juja am Rong added Oss of m Cambodia and skirts. The Cambodia com ease the pressure Caiiou. Iii vv1u Muaulu Ukiu v4sc us Law Cuic to f Mand claimed 300 North Viet government forces both near namese troops were killed. Phenom penh and along High the new operations re Cen Way 6 on the northeastern tired is Miles Southwest and 25 front Miles North of the capital. Am Rong put the strength of if such an attack is launched fee Vorees at funds approved for Airport plan according to an announcement Friday from the Washington . Office of congresswoman Julia Butler 1 Arisen the Federal aviation administration has approved a Grant requested by the e w i s regional planning commission for a comprehensive plan for the Chehalis Centralia Airport. The Federal monies will constitute about two thirds of the total Cost of the plan with coming from local funds and provided by Thi Washington aeronautics commission. A spokesman at. The Lewis county planning office said Friday the next step will be for the regional planners to Complete the Grant application which will be forthcoming from the Faa and to execute a contract with the planning firm of Robert e. Meyer engineers idc., Beaverton ore., the planning firm which has been selected to prepare the plan. Once the necessary paper work is completed the plan could be ready in As Little As six months according to Jack hoist planner for the Beaverton firm. We re ready to proceed As rapidly As said hoist. Once we Start we should be i issued in six months. And we will be to determine the extent Type and nature of develop ments needed at the Chehalis Centralia Field and to outline a development plan which can serve As a guide for Short term intermediate and Long term improvements to the Airport. The present and future Roll of the Airport and its economic and environmental Impact on the Community will be studies and a 10 and 20-year use forecasts will be prepared. Once the needs for future facilities have been established a master plan for layout o these facilities establishing the configuration o f runways taxiways approach zones Anc terminal facilities will be completed. A major item in this phase according to the planning proposal jul be the elimination of potential and existing Clear zone conflicts caused b proximity of the freeway an Access roads to present Hurt ways. A land use plan will recommend which areas could h developed for maintenance facilities Industrial commercial Sites Buffer uses zones and recreation and other improvements which relate to Airport financial recommendations will also be included with the command s chief spokes by the South vietnamese Mili More to an men Man. It cell am Rong said he Tan strategists say it would he said the High command informants returning from doubted that two North Viet draw away North vietnamese feels that South Vietnam is in Border area said that some namese regiments totalling forces from other Battle zones the primary target of the ene Saigon forces already had been j about troops would at to reinforce their own base my and that the North Viet moved from Mekong Delta tempt an attack in strength on Camps. I namese and Viet Cong in Cam South Vietnam across the Bor the capital itself. I the Saigon government has Bodia appear to be seeking Eider into Cambodia. More than Cambodia about 13.000 troops based along ther psychological victories or cambodian forces launched i troops oppose the Twa North Highway 7 in Eastern Cambodia i food supplies. Inflationary miners pay hike draws fire when i said we expect no momentous decisions it does t mean we Don t want to reach agreement. We would like an Kosygin added that he thinks we must do some fruitful during the 11 Days stans will be in the soviet Union. To by Iii cautioned however that it does t depend on us alone it needs a Mutual . Correspondents were owed to sit in for Kosygin s pening remarks. Then they were ushered out of the office. Stans his wife and a party of 0 officials made a Quick Stop at before fee meeting with Kosygin. The Kosygin appointment emphasized the importance soviet officials attach to this first visit o the soviet Union by a Mem Ber of president Nixon s Cabi Jet and the first visit Ever by a . Secretary of Commerce effects of blast Washington a the atomic Energy commission says its underground nuclear blast on Alaska s Amchitka Island killed some fish Birds and wildlife but apparently caused no permanent in a report Friday on prelim Inary lab tests run after the nov. 6 explosion of a spartan missile warhead the said the test appeared to have been successful with the desired in formation collected for further analysis which won t becom plete before next Spring. The Agency said in the after math of the exp Oskin it found 14 dead sea otters four dead seats hundreds of dead fish and 16 dead Birds Carly All of which were killed by the blast. The said there was no detectable release of radio Washington a de spite opposition from its Public members the pay Board has approved a pay increase for striking Coal miners about three limes higher than the Board s own phase 2 guidelines. The action Friday sparked immediate criticism from Arch s. Booth executive vice presi Dent of the is. Chamber of Commerce who called it obviously if monopolistic unions Are to continue to get preferential treatment by using the strike weapon and arrogant threats of Booth said it is difficult to conceive How the vast majority of the american people can be expected to show the restraint necessary to make the., anti in Fiailoa. _ program work " three of the five Bers of the 15-member Tripar Tite Board said the agreement clearly runs against the goal of the president s economic stabilization Effort. The other two Public members abstained from voting but said they would have opposed the miners pay hike. The three opponents said b a statement the United mine workers of America contract signed Only 15 minutes after the wage Price freeze expired at Midnight nov. 13, amounts to a 163 per cent increase Ini hourly compensation dining the first year of a three year agree ment. The pay Board s original phase 2 guideline called for a maximum 55 per cent National average wage increase. The five management Mem Bers of the Board who voted their approval along with the five Tabor members said 4 per cent of the increase goes to make the Union s welfare fund solvent and 11 per cent remains for salaries. They said that was a permissible catchup wage hike. There was no immediate explanation of the differing Fig ures Given by the two sides. Jmwa president called on Liis striking miners to return to work without the min ers had remained on strike to await the pay Board s review of their new contract. Anli cite it could be suggestions made for methods purpose of the Airport study of financing improvements. Activity into the sea or air but the Tundra around ground Zero was considerably cracked and otherwise disturbed As had been earthquake hits Eureka Eureka Calif. A dishes rattled and some win Dows Shook authorities said during an earthquake today. There were no reports of damage Northern however California in City this 280 Miles North of san Francisco. The University of California and seismologist Ronald Smith at the Ferndale Seismograph station said the earthquake a1 . Registered 5 on the Rikhter scale and was entered 50 Miles Southwest of Eureka off Cape Mendocino. A magnitude of 5 of the Rich Ter scale is considered a mod Erate earthquake. Authorities said the quake was Felt throughout Humbold i county. The government meanwhile announced that the nation s Cost of living crept up again last month despite the Price freeze. The Bureau of labor Statis tics said the consumer Price Index Rose 0.2 per cent in octo Ber which it halved to 0.1 per cent to compensate for the fact that prices usually Rise a Little at this time of year. President Nixon hailed the in crease As the lowest in four years and said it made the freeze Worth but democratic National chairman Lawrence f. O Brien said the Cost Rise was continued evidence of the Tola Lack of Confidence across this nation in or. Nixon s ability to Cope with the economic has brought a pot me country 1 along with the Price increase the bus announced that aver age weekly earnings for private nonfarm jobs dropped two outcome in Centralia unaltered by recount the nov. 2 City elections in Lewis county Are finally Over and Centralia mayor Don Naismith remains the Winner in his successful bid for re election. Friday afternoon the Lewis county canvassing Board recounted nearly half of the Centralia ballots in the mayoralty race to Complete the Post election chores. At the rate of per precinct mrs. Floyd Bryson called it quits after 11 of the 23 precincts in the City were recounted. Her husband had lost Twa votes and mayor Naismith had picked up one Vole to extend his margin to 35 votes. The final count was 7s3 votes and Bryson 681 votes Naismith picked up his Vot in precinct 11 at the Centralia Chehalis elks Home Pollin place. Bryson lost one vote a the elks polling place and on vote in precinct 20 in the fort Borst Park Kitchen Pollin place. The canvassing Board beaded by mrs. George Minnie votes for Naismith and for Bryson. Nowadnick Chehalis recounted ballots in Centralia precincts 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17, 19, 20 and 21. Friday morning the Board of four women recounted half of the Chehalis City election ballots for Public works commissioner. James Hubenthal picked up one vote but lost by 18 votes. The final count gave Frank j. Cents last month to that figure appeared to Back p critics of the freeze who had Aid it would hold Down wages More effectively than prices. The labor department attrib led the Oost of living increase to rising prices of 1971 cars Lothing and housing that offset Harvest time decline in food wines. In other action Friday the pay Board decided that Retro Active pay increases will be permitted in cases where the Reeze caused severe Nequi a by preventing otherwise fair wage hikes. The Board said it would aeon retroactive pay under the Fol lowing circumstances making less than 4s denied in creases during the freeze. Fringe benefits such As insurance payments that would have Gooe up if there bad been no freeze. Tandem relationships involving informal pay practices that permit workers to get raises if a pattern setting hike is won by other workers in the same Industry. Teachers were not specific ally excluded in the decision but sources said the Issue of Back pay for teachers will be dealt with again next week. Carpenters Given raise approximately 250 members of the carpenters Union in Lewis county have been granted a 50-cent raise by the Federal wage stabilization committee it was reported saturday. James Foster business agent both mrs. Bryson and mrs. Naismith watched the passing Board recount Pakar the Winner votes and Hubenthal 989 votes. For carpenters Union local 2127, Centralia said the figure includes a increase in wages per hour and a 20-cent hike in fringe benefits. All carpenters in Western Washington Are affected by the increase. Foster said a new two year Robert 1. Venema Lewis auditor and Calls for a 70-cent of elections said the recounts increase in wages and fringe ballots in 11 precincts. At that Cost Bryson and Hubenthal j benefits each year of the con stage Naismith has received i tract. Senior citizen Levy exemptions total million in Lewis county by George Blomdahl chronicle staff writer special Levy tax exemptions for Low income senior citizens of Lewis county have caused a loss of in assessed valuations on which 1972 property taxes Are based. The loss Means other taxpayers in the various taxing jurisdictions must make up the difference Laurence Scherer Lewis county assessor pointed out Friday. Under the liberalized provisions of the 1971 tax Relief Law passed by the state legislature eligible taxpayers years of age or Over and disabled persons May receive up to 100 per cent exemption on excess levies or Bond issues. The Way it works is that the assessed valuations on the property owned by the senior citizen entitled to an exemption is subtracted from the total assessed valuations of the taxing District. This Means other taxpayers have a lower assessed valuation tax base and a higher tax to pay since the lower the amount of assessed valuation the More Mills it win take to raise a Given number of dollars in the City or taxing District budget. It would take fewer mugs if the valuations were higher. In Lewis county senior citizens have filed 1972 tax exemptions under the new Law. This is nearly twice As Many who filed late last Winter and Early Spring when taxpayers claimed tax exemptions totalling on 1971 taxes. It is unknown at this time Bow much the 1972 tax exemptions will amount to since the 1972 tax Rolls Are not made up yet Scherer pointed out under the old Law which granted up to a deduction on property taxes the various taxing districts of the county lost the entire amount of the tax exemptions. This has totalled in 5 years from senior citizens or roughly a year from taxpayers. The state still refuses to reimburse the counties for the tax but the legislators now have shifted most of the tax loss to the rest of the taxpayers in the District to Mike up. The sobering fact of the matter is that cities and school districts which have no special levies next year actually win lose More tax dollars than the districts which do have levies. To explain Scherer said Low in come senior citizens who Are entitled to 100 per cent tax exemptions on special levies Are also entitled to tax deductions up to off their regular property taxes in those districts which have do special levies. If the special Levy lax is less than then the taxpayer entitled to 100 per cent exemption May receive the balance of the off his regular property tax. However senior citizens entitled to 50 per cent exemptions May Only receive 50 per cent exemption from excess levies if any. If there is no special Levy or Bond Issue they do not receive up to off their regular property taxes. Moreover the tax loss under regular property tax exemption is not made up by the other taxpayers in the District. Scherer said five cities and towns have special levies and seven school districts in the county have maintenance and operation levies or Bonds affected by the senior citizen tax exemption Law. Mrs. Lela Powers Scherer s chief Deputy said Centralia lost in assessed valuations with an extra .11 of a Mill needed to make up the Dif Ference on its Levy. The City needed 1.30 Mills to pay its special Levy. Now it needs 1.41 Mills. Chehalis lost in assessed valuations but absorbed the tax loss. Winlock lost its 5-5-Miu special Levy now amounts to 5.7 Mills. Morton s loss was its 4.21-Mill Levy now is 4.44 Mills. Mossyrock needed 8.35 Mills for is Levy and now must pay 8.99 Mills to make up a loss of in assessed valuations. Toledo Vader be Ell and Napavine have no special levies. But their losses in assessed valuations totalled and respectively. The adjusted assessed valuation figures for the cities and towns Are Centralia Chehalis Morton Winlock Toledo 753 Mossyrock Napavine peer and Vader school districts having special levies next year in which senior citizens filed lax exemptions and do not have to pay the levies or Bonds include Centralia. Chehalis Winlock Toledo Onalaska. White pass and Onalaska. To Chehalis the school District lost in assessed valuations. What would Only have taken 12.7 Mills for its special Levy now will Lake 13.18 Mills. The Centralia school District noted a big drop in millage because of the new steam electric Plant valuations added to the tax Roll. Nevertheless the District lost in assessed valuations. Instead of Only paying 7.67 Mills next year the District will pay 7.76 Mills. Centralia s maintenance and operation Levy was passed District patrons were told the millage would total about 11.8 Mills and be halons were told their Levy be about 13 Mills. Following is a table showing the seven school districts with special levies or Boods the amounts of the levies assessed valuations lost adjusted assessed valuation figure the number of mugs needed before the loss in assessed valuations and the number of Mills now needed to raise the levies school . Adjusted Levy Levy Dili lest Val. Bebee now Centralia 7.67 7.76 Chehalis 12.70 13.18 Morton 5 j3 5.60 1283 Winlock Toledo 85.745 439 4.43 White pass 5.79 5.sj Onalaska 13.60 property owners with annual in come less thaa exempt from paying All special levies or Bond issues. Persons with income Between Ami receive a 54 per cent deduction on the excess levies above the regular property taxes. Requests for the tax exemptions were filed last summer

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