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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - March 17, 1990, Garden City, Kansas Property tax takes Center stage in Topeka by Matt Truell associated press writer Topeka apr the property tax Issue regarded All along by gov. Mike Hayden and legislative leaders As the prime Issue of the 1990 session finally was wheeled onto Center stage during the 10th week just completed. The House taxation committee on wednesday endorsed a constitutional amendment that some legislative leaders say has the Best Chance of picking up the two thirds votes needed to place it on the ballot for voters to decide. The amendment would revise the 1986 property classification amendment which when coupled with the 1989 statewide reappraisal is blamed for Large property taxes for some Home owners and businesses. The committees action sent the proposal to the House where the first real showdown on the looming property tax Issue will take place wednesday when the House debates it. While the measure crafted largely by rep. Robert Ancrum a Overland Park has bipartisan support some lawmakers predict that it does not have the 84 votes or two thirds of the 125-member House needed to Send it to the Senate. The upper chamber must also approve the measure by two thirds or 27 votes before it would be placed on the ballot. A i think the chances Are getting better All the time a said Ancrum. A i think this plan has by far the Best shot on the House floor but i done to know How close we Are to the 84 votes. I believe it has majority support More than a dozen other proposals Are languishing in either the House taxation or the Senate assessment and taxation committees. Sen. Dan Thiessen a Independence chairman of the Senate tax committee said his committee will not act on a proposal until the House has a Chance to debate the Ancrum Resolution. The amendment would reduce the assessment on residential property from 12 percent to to percent reduce the commercial property rate from 30 percent to 20 percent and restore business inventories to the tax Rolls but at a greatly reduced rate from the previous level. Returning those inventories to the tax Rolls could be a stumbling Block. Rep. Joan Wagnon the committees ranking Democrat said she would not support the measure because of that. A i support exempting inventories a she said. A a i want to raise their income taxes and other things but i want inventories livestock would continue to be exempt from taxation a move intended to Garner support from Rural lawmakers. A Senate committee completed hearings on a controversial parental notification Bill which became a relative notification Bill after it was amended by the House. The Senate Federal and state affairs committee finished hearings on a House passed measure that would require a doctor to notify the parents of a teen Ager 16 or under who is about to have an abortion. However the doctor could notify a blood relative Over 21 or a Clergyman instead of the girls parents. Committee members Are expected to try to Amend the measure Back to its original form. The committee last year endorsed a much stricter Bill requiring the consent of a Parent before teen agers undergo abortions a measure the Senate passed. However it died in the House Federal and state affairs committee. Sen. De Reilly a Leavenworth chairman of the committee said he did not know when the committee would take action on the measure the House approved a Bill that revamps the states method of providing mental health services sending the measure to the Senate. A this is a major step toward improving those services a said rep. Henry Helgerson a Wichita. The Bill would make Community mental health centers the a a a gatekeepers for the system treating mentally ill. Those centers would evaluate mentally ill people and determine whether they should be sent to one of the states three hospitals for the mentally ill. The measure also is designed to reduce the state Hospital populations by Between 70 and 90 patients by providing More services at the local level. The Senate wednesday passed an appropriations Bill that would earmark $909 million for state schools. That measure which contains $9 million More than that recommended by gov. Mike Hayden went to the House appropriations committee. The Senate appropriated $411 million in tax dollars for the seven Board of regents schools with the rest of the Money coming from other sources such As student fees and tuition. The Bill does not include $16 million for the third and final year of the margin of excellence program additional Money for faculty salaries. A a in a not enthusiastic about the support for higher education a said sen. Wint Winter a Lawrence who had some amendments prepared that would have increased funding for schools but decided not to offer them. He said the budget could be expanded later if the House passes a measure to up the tax on cigarettes by a Nickle and other tobacco by 5 percent. The new tax would raise about $12 million which would go to higher education. Telegram Roundup Garden City Southwest Kansas professor from India to speak a sociology professor from India is to speak on social Structure and social change March 25 in the endowment room of the Garden City Community College student Center. Victor Salvadore do Souza Bombay is to visit the College March 22-26 As part of a study of . Community colleges. Do Souza is a retired professor of sociology at Punjab University and a Fulbright scholar in residence at Sinclair Community College Dayton Ohio. Do Souza who has a masters and doctorate degree in sociology is gathering information on Community colleges to make recommendations to the education ministry upon his return to India said Donna Skinner College minority student coordinator. Skinner and Gene Schneider Dean of Community services Are organizing the visit. Do Souza is interested in social Structure and social change Rural and Urban development population studies social gerontology and the sociology of education. He has published a variety of research papers and articles on economic development educational inequalities among the social castes in India and infant mortality in Bombay. Girl scout quilt for new baby Akasha Coreen Danford wont remember it but she is a special person to the Garden City girls scout troop 85. The daughter of Andrea and Alan Danford Garden City was born monday morning at St. Catherine Hospital. Akasha was the first baby girl born during National girl scout week which is March 11 through 17. Akasha was Given a quilt made by troop 85. The Leader of the troop is Gwen Hahn. There were to girls scouts involved in the quilting. Foster Parent meeting monday a Foster Parent meeting will be 7 to 9 . Monday at the social and rehabilitation services office 2701 n. Lith. The meeting will provide a review of the Foster care process and responsibilities information for people who have asked about Foster care licensing and a discussion of the types of children in Foster care. People planning to attend the meeting should a sep before its Start by calling sri at 275-0271. Child care will be provided at the meeting. Bills Road report for commission Finney county commissioners will review the monthly Bills during their meeting monday. The meeting will begin at 9 . In the commission room at the Finney county courthouse 425 n. 8th. Also on the Agenda is an la . Meeting with Max Morgan county Engineer for the weekly report of the Road and Bridge department. Girl scouts clean up eleven year old Tiffany Monical holds a trash bag As Shannon wears 8, left grabs a paper sack out of a Shrub and Jolene Brad Nadine Doughert 8, right tosses a piece of trash in the bag this morning in the 900 Block of main Street. The Trio s work along with that of other local girl scouts was part of the group s cleanup project. Today is the last Day of girl scout week. Man receives prison term in cocaine Case by Dwight Jurgens stuff writer a Garden City Man convicted by a Finney county jury Jan. 25 of distributing cocaine was sentenced to a prison term of Between five and in years in one of several sentencing hearings and arraignments before District judge j. Stephen Nyswonger Friday. Terry hassles 20, 520 Burnside told Nyswonger he still did no to believe he distributed cocaine a but the state of Kansas proved me wrong so i guess in a have to live with defense attorney Michael Quint argued for probation for his client saying that the pre sentence investigation report was a Good example of Hassler a dedication to telling the truth. Quint also told Nyswonger that Hassler no longer drank alcohol and had completed an inpatient treatment program and was drug free he also reminded the judge Hassler had successfully completed probation in the past. A the has done a remarkable Job of showing the court he can make it on probation a Quint told the court. Finney county attorney Ricklin Pierce responded he was a adamantly opposed to probation and brought up Hassler a juvenile record and a 1986 conviction for setting fire to the presbyterian Church. Quot i can still remember that huge picture in the Telegram a said Pierce a after he and a Man named Kyle Elliott burned Down the presbyterian Church. If there was any one thing in or. Hassler a life that should have demonstrated the effect of his criminal acts it was that picture. A but he was sent to a youth Center for two years and now Here he is Back again and mixed up with the cocaine culture. He has no remorse for anything and this Community has paid a severe Price for or. Hassler s criminality. He should be removed from Nyswonger calling Hassler s juvenile criminal record Quot overwhelming a also noted Hassler suffered a conviction on felony theft Over the past year and said that theft was also drug related. A the Issue is that or. Hassler is a twice convicted Felon in less than a year a said the judge a and in the opinion of the court he should be treated like a twice convicted Felon. Proba Tion is absolutely out of the question a Quint told the court that Hassler will pro ably Appeal the Case but Nyswonger denied a motion for an Appeal Bond and stay of judg ment and execution. In other appearances Richard Marquez 32, no address available pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery and one count of attempted forgery. In Exchange Pierce agreed to stand on the recommendations contained in the ps1r at the defendant s May 4 sentencing the plea agreement combined three counts of forgery one count of attempted forgery and five counts of theft in three different cases. He remains in custody. Birgilio Begeran 35, 6105 old Post rd., pleaded guilty to one count of Possession of cocaine with intent to sell six other drug related counts were dismissed. Because the defendant Lias already been sentenced to three to in years in prison on a previous cocaine Selling charge any prison sentence Nyswonger levies As a result of this guilty plea must be served consecutive to the earlier sentence. Sentencing was set for March 30. Michael l. Lapaille 36, Tyrone okla., pleaded guilty to three felony counts of liabilities for crimes of another theft by deception. Pierce agreed to drop 21 remaining counts. Sentencing was set for May 4. He is free on Bond. Joe e. Martinez jr., 31, Garden City was sentenced to one to three years for Possession of a controlled substance without a tax stamp and three to in years for Selling marijuana. A plea for probation from defense attorney Tom Burghardt was denied. Margarita g. Hernandez 25, 1312 w. Fulton #2, was placed on four years supervised probation for Auto burglary. He was also ordered to pay court costs attorney fees and probation costs. Sherry l. Fancher 28, Garden City pleaded not guilty to Sale of marijuana conspiracy to sell marijuana Possession of marijuana with intent to sell Possession of a controlled substance without a tax stamp and Misdemeanour Possession of drug paraphernalia. A motion hearing was set for april 2. Lyle Russell 35, Pierceville pleaded guilty to a felony charge of driving while his License was suspended and driving under the influence of alcohol in one Case and entered a no contest plea to a second charge of felony Dws in a separate action. In Exchange a charge of indecent liberties with a child was dismissed As was a second charge of dul Nyswonger ordered a Brief recess to allow Pierce to consult with the juvenile victim and her family in the indecent liberties Case but the judge excepted the plea agreement when Pierce returned from the Telephone and said the family was in Europe and be returning in time for a trial. Sentencing was set for May 4. Russell is free on Bond. Suspect headed to jail for Drunken gun play one to three years for incident at club by Dwight Jurgens staff writer the 22-year-old defendant smiled broadly and waved to the two women and two children As he was escorted through the rear door of the courtroom in the Bottom of the Finney county Law enforcement Center Friday. The children chattered and the women a still hiding the White foam cups they sipped from throughout the 20-minute hearing a grinned and waved Back. It was in All an extremely pleasant parting considering the defendant Angel Vasquez a first time convicted Felon was on his Way to begin serving a one to three year prison term for felony criminal damage to property. Vasquez was arrested last november after police responded to a Call of shots being fired at the oases club in the 1900 Block of but Falo Jones Avenue he was subsequently charged with criminal damage to property and unlawful discharge of a firearm both felonies. On Jan. 26, he reached a plea agreement with the Finney county attorneys office and the firearms charge was dropped in Exchange for a guilty plea to criminal damage to property. A pre sentence investigation report was ordered and sentencing was set for Friday. Defense attorney Jon Craig told District judge j. Stephen Nyswonger that whoever prepared the pair was incorrect that his client was truly remorseful Over the events that led to his arrest the defendant was employed said Craig and he was cooperative he no longer drank alcohol and this was his first felony conviction. Moreover said Craig Vasquez thought he was just firing the gun in the air. A obviously that Wasny to what happened a said Craig a but that a what lie thought he was do ing a if the six rounds Vasquez squeezed off were As he insisted fired skyward he had an unfortunate amount of bad Luck when the bullets fell Back to Earth All six went through the Large plate Glass window of the oases club said county attorney Rick i in Pierce a a we re concerned about this defendant when he s drinking and using a gun a said Pierce who told the court Vasquez had been the subject of similar Calls of shots being fired before and a weapon was taken from the defendant on one other occasion. A a we re concerned about the safety of the people of this county Nyswonger normally an even mannered Jurist was outraged and spit out his words in loud tones and directed them to Vasquez and Craig a even though he said he fired them in the air a said Nyswonger his volume continuously rising a a gun by its very nature is extremely extremely dangerous. A there was absolutely no reason for his conduct and the oases club still Hasni to been compensated for the damage. A this Man has demonstrated violent anti social behaviour that is culminated with the use of a firearm and a firearm is inherently dangerous particularly when used by a drunk i even think of giving Hun probation this Man is Vasquez leaned Back in his chair at the defense table looked Over his shoulder to throw a Grin at the women and children who sat in support behind turn and broke out in a smile As he was led to the door taking him to jail Foster care measure advances Topeka apr a proposal designed to decrease the amount of time some children spend in Foster care received the houses tentative approval Friday. The Bill ad-1 Vance to final action on a voice vote would require courts to i hold hearings to determine whether a Foster i child s natural parents should have their Paren Sughrue Tai rights terminated after 18 months of Foster care. A final vote is scheduled for monday. If it passes the measure will go to the Senate. Quot children need Protection a said rep. Kathryn Sughrue a Dodge City. A a there a so much we can do to provide the stability they another goal of the measure is to increase the number of adoptions of children from abusive families or broken Homes. Such children can be placed in Foster care but not adopted by another family until parental rights Are severed by a court. Thus mrs. Sughrue said some children Bounce from Foster Home to Foster Home. As they become older families become less willing to adopt them she said. A i think its really an incentive for their natural parents to get their act together a she said of the Bill. In addition the House advanced a Bill that cuts $9.4 million in current state budgets. The Bill makes adjustments in the budgets of 47 state agencies or programs and it cuts financing for 30 of them. Most of the decreases Are relatively Small but the Bill cuts the state department of corrections budget a total of $7.6 million. Among the cuts Are $1.2 million set aside for prison a Boot Camps in Labette and Meade counties which Are not expected to open until after the fiscal year ends on june. The House also lapsed $2.4 million set aside for building emergency inmate housing. 10th week highlights by the associated press insurance Reform passes the House passed and sent the Senate two Bills touted As insurance Reform. One approved 118-1, gives the insurance commissioner authority to Rule on proposed rate increases and policy changes for group or Blanket Accident and health insurance plans the other approved 112-6, allows companies with 25 or fewer employees to join with other firms to Start company health plans. Hospital budgets oked the House approved 88-31, a Bill to fund the budgets of four state hospitals for the mentally ill and two hospitals for the mentally retarded next fiscal year totalling $120 million. Hie Bill had $29 million for Winfield state Hospital and training Center pulled from it. The Winfield budget was returned to the House appropriations committee in a dispute Over cutting its patient Load. Lottery Bill stalls the Senate Federal and state affairs committee failed to endorse a Bill that would keep the Kansas lot Tery in existence for four More years the Bill failed to be advanced on a 4 4 tie vote with three members absent sen Dick Bond a Overland Park said he would move next week for reconsideration. The Rev. Richard Taylor who opposes the lottery is working to kill the Bill. Rally for schools educators rallied for greater state support for education at the statehouse. About 300 teachers parents and school Board members marched around the Capitol led by the Topeka High band then invited legislators to lunch

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