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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - June 3, 1974, High Point, North Carolina City tax rate to climb despite budget drop by Forrest Cates Ester Janis sum writer a new budget for the City of High Point totalling a lightly Usa than last year s but calling for a Lucent increase in the tax rate was in hands of City councilmen today the budget estimate for 17475, prepared by City manager Harold Cheek totals t43.965.77b. Down from the 197374 total of 144 714.711. Despite the drop in the total. Cheek said operational expenses will be up sharply in the new fiscal year he proposed to raise some of the extra Cash to run the City by raising the tax rate he has balanced his budget estimate on a rate of 83 cents . Post Runoff tuesday polls open at <30 am tuesday to Guilford county for voting in a Runoff primary to choose the democratic nominee for District attorney. Only registered democratic voters Are eligible to vote in the Runoff Only two names will be on the ballot they Are Ray Alexander and Howard Cole. Both of Greensboro Alexander is a partner in a Greensboro Law firm and Cole is the senior assistant in the District attorneys office. In the first primary on May 7, Alexander led in a three Man race for the democratic nomination. He received a 9b4 votes to it 099 votes for Coto. Eliminated in the first primary was the third candidate. Joseph John who received 3.718 votes. Cole was eligible to Call for a Runoff since neither he nor Alexander had a majority of the votes cast the Winner tomorrow will face the Republican candidate. Ross strange in the election on nov. 5 elections officials anticipate a Light turnout tuesday there Are 84,739 registered democratic voters in Guilford county. According to Patrick Adams chairman of the county Board of elections voting equipment and the number of personnel on duty at the polls tomorrow will be reduced since Only the one race is at stake the polls will close at 7 30 pm. Per Hoo valuation the new rate reflects legislation requiring All governments in the state to Levy taxes against too per cent of True Quot value of properties. Until this year county and municipal rates in Guilford county have been levied against 70 per cent of property values the tax rates in High Point i the basis of 70 per cent of True value of properties is is 04 per Hoo valuation to fully adjust the rate on the basis of too per cent valuation the City Council would have to lower it to 73 cents Cheek said that his proposed Lucent increase in the rate will bring in an additional 1765,000 in fiscal 197475, assuming collections of 97.5 per cent. In addition the City will gain another $400,000 in Revenue from taxes As the result of unusual growth in the tax base last year through new construction. Cheek said that the total of the budget is less mainly because of cutbacks in Federal funding of programs. He toes not yet have a figure on How much the operational portions of the budget have increased he cited two factors a extra heavy payments on the municipal debt and less Revenue sharing funds a As major contributors to the tightness in the budget the City will get <713.000 less from Revenue sharing than last year he said. The payments in principal and interest on the City debt meanwhile will go up <713.000 those two items alone offset the extra funds expect Able from taxes he noted. He proposes an across the Board 71 per cent raise for the City s Over 1,000 employees. They usually get a five per cent raise at budget time. He has approved department requests for about 30 additional employees. Six would be to Man a new garbage collection Crew twelve will be added to the fire department when hours of firemen Are reduced from 66 per week to so to comply with new regulations. The City also will assume the paying of salaries of six members of the police department involved in the Cadet training program. State and Federal funds Are no longer available for paying the salaries Cheek noted. He estimated that the total a salary and new help package Quot will add about <1 million to the payroll. The manager is proposing Only one other adjustment in rates in addition to the to cent tax hike. He suggests that the Council adjust the City s electrical rates to reflect the latest rate increase imposed by Duke Power co. He would make the 6 per cent increase inactive july i. I be c Council has a policy of keeping the City electrical rates even yith Duke s. Capital outlay funds Are broken Down to two funds a <8 4 million from proceeds from Sale of municipal Bonds and <2 8 million from current revenues. The Bond financed capital programs have previously been mapped Here Are some of the items on which Cheek proposes to spend current capital funds in 197475 <40 000 to paint the elevated water tank off e. Lexington <225.000 for a new fire station in the Eastern Section .<130.000 for an Aerial platform snorkel to help the fire department fight possible fires in High Rise buildings. 180.000 to renovate the Pool at City Lake Park <40.000 to replace the miniature train at the Park and <79,000 to pave cart paths at Oak hollow Golf course. One entry in the budget bears out Cheeky a earlier announcement that he had ordered All proceeds from the electrical system held within the utilities department rather than being distributed among the various departments the budget carries Over some <790,000 in Quot electrical funds As a Quot balance from prior years in All. There is a carry Over of unencumbered murals from the old budget of <2 1 million. The budget however projects a contingency for or it or ran r Una in univ <121.000. Which is considerably smaller than usual the contingency is supposed to provide a Cushion which allows the City Council to approve special projects during the year. Cheek said he is a Quot bit nervous about the sue of the contingency on the basis of Cheeky a projections the 83-cent tax rate would bring in revenues in excess of <6 3 million for the year. The additional to cents on the rate would mean an increase of <30 per year in the tax Bill of a person who has real and personal be City on 21 Cheek describes budget As very conservative taking the plunge with the opening of the High Point municipal Lake swimming Pool saturday various forms of the Fine Art of diving were exhibited if the opening dives of the season leave something to be desired in regard to Grace and poise there promises to be time to become perfect through practice in the Long summer ahead by Regina Whittington Enterprise staff writer warning that the present rate of inflation May overtax available revenues City manager Harold Cheek today described his budget appropriations for High Point in the 1974-75 fiscal year As Quot very conservative Quot our first objective is to furnish the expected and customary services then Supply some new or innovative programs especially ones that bring Cost saving Cheek said in a cover letter transmitting his 197475 budget estimate to City Council. Quot if inflation does not materially Cheek cautioned Quot the City will suffer serious consequences such As Are being suffered by private because of severe inflationary pressures the City is finding it difficult to maintain the customary level of services. Cheek said. A inflated prices on contracts materials and supplies delivery of materials in Many cases extending from three months to Over a year and at prices in effect at the time of delivery makes budgeting very difficult with a High element of risk the budget proposed by Cheek Calls for expenditures by the City totalling <43,955.778 in the next fiscal year. The tax rate proposed by the City manager is 83 cents per <100 valuation based on too per cent of the True value of real and personal property. The new valuation procedure is required by the state s local government budget and fiscal control act previously the City tax rate was <1.04 per <100 valuation based on 70 per cent of the appraised value the proposed rate of 83 cents represents a tax increase of to cents. To avoid an increase under the new valuation procedure the City tax rate would have to be 73 cents. The estimate for the 1974 property tax valuation in High Point is <785 000.000, Quot the 83 cents rate is equivalent to <1 19 per <100 of assessed value when applied to 70 per cent of the too per cent appraised value Quot Cheek said. Quot last year High Point had the lowest tax rate chair City Man faces murder count Andrews ceremonies Honor award winners outstanding students were honoured today at the Andrews High school awards Day ceremonies. Presentation of awards was made by Mary Quinn student Council president and Roscoe right Dean of students special scholarship winners were announced by Herbert Hipps principal. Awards were presented to the following Rhonnie Dennis Shelia Inman Melinda Jester Melody Leckie and Robin Parks for outstanding work in Art Henry Embler outstanding work in drama Melony stack most improved in journalism Carole Stone outstanding nil student John Braico and Melinda Jester Dar Constitution week essay contest winners Mark Deaton and Moreland Gueth boys state representatives Moreland Gueth Woodmen of the world history award Teresa Cox girls state representative Lewis Reed bricklaying leadership award John Boyd and Lewis Reed performance in bricklaying Elaine Hassapelis and Johnny Evans outstanding business students Randy Votsch and Debra Jackson male and female students of the year in distributive education Anita Linville Betty Crocker leadership in homemaking award Stephanie Strong Crisco award for most outstanding senior student in Home economics and Gale Wall Anchor of the year award. De Adams Robert Candler Freddie Countee Danny Damron Gregory Dockery Tim idol John. Jester Jackson Kara Kiger Anita Linville Robert Rogers Mike Springer and Fred Tignor bus Driver safety awards Kara Kiger bus Driver of the year Jan Hedrick Yeyette of the year Theresa Delaine Library award Melinda Jester math award and National math exam High scorer Bill Karahalios Rensselaer math science award Alice Grainger for French and Garlinda Burton for music governors school nominees and Rhonda Griffin John Phillip Sousa band award. Seniors recognized for academic and Honor scholarships include Charles Brawley Royal ambassador service award and Christian vocational award Robert Brown band Grant to Livingstone College Janet Carter Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority scholarship Gary Deal High Point College presidential scholarship Theresa Delaine High Point Pilot club scholarship High Point la Colonie club scholarship Drexel University academic award and Delta Sigma Theta sorority scholarship Anita Dickens High Point Legal secretaries award High Point elks club award and Delta Sigma Theta sorority scholarship Delaine Quinn Andrienne Diggs Delta Sigma Theta sorority scholarship Orris Dumas Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority scholarship. Paula Gulledge Gardner Webb College Honor scholarship Melinda Jester unc Greensboro alumni scholarship Aubrey Lee Brooks scholarship and North Carolina elks club scholarship Andrew Kueny Western Carolina Honor scholarship Patty Mellis Gardner Webb College scholarship Terri Nooe so Andrews on 6b 19-year-old Trinity youth Dies in crash Archdale a a 19-year-old Trinity resident was killed saturday about 7 30 . When the car in which he was a passenger overturned on a Rural paved Road one mile West of Flint Hill Road. The Highway patrol listed the victim As Thomas Raymond Varner of it. 3, Trinity. Injured in the Accident were Dolen Wayne Mills 23. Of 1207 s. Elm st., High Point and Jefferson Thomas Miller 19, of it 2, Sophia. The patrol said Mills who was listed in satisfactory condition today at High Point memorial Hospital was the Driver of the car he has been charged with Drunken driving and reckless driving. The patrol said the car was travelling South at a High rate of Speed skidded off the left Side struck a ditch and 5 19-year-old on 2b Thomasville a route 3 Man Billy Lee Hancock was arrested saturday night and charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Pearl Eugene Mcwilliams of Virginia Road Davidson county sheriffs deputies reported that Mcwilliams was shot late saturday afternoon about one half mile from Noah a grocery on Noah town Road he died at Community general Hospital about 9 p in detective Bobby Beck said Mcwilliams was shot in the lower Abdomen with a 22 Caliper pistol following an argument. Hancock is being held in jail without privilege of Bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for june 14. Or. Mcwilliams was born in Davidson county a son of Curtis Eguene and Helen Faye Hughes Mcwilliams and had lived in Thomasville his entire life. He was a Brick masons Helper and was of the Baptist Faith. He attended East Davidson High school. Surviving Are his father of California and his Mother of the Home four Sisters miss Faye Mcwilliams of route 5, miss Doris Mcwilliams of Shepherd air Force base tex., and miss Susan Mcwilliams and miss Melissa Mcwilliams both of the Home and a brother Terry Mcwilliams of the Home. Funeral will be held tuesday at 2 . In Hughes Grove Baptist Church by the Rev John w Wheeles and the Rev. D. W. Long. Burial will be in the Church cemetery. The body was to be taken from j. C. Green amp sons funeral Home to the Home today and will remain there until the hour of the funeral in another weekend shooting Talton Young Gallimore or. Of old a chair City on 68 of the six largest cities in North Carolina. An 83 cents rate will probably be the lowest in the six largest cities again this in receiving Cheeky a budget proposals during its committee session today. City Council set june 20 As the Date for a Public hearing on the budget such a hearing is now required by state Law the budget hearing will begin at 9 30 a in. Council also agreed to meet next monday at 7 p in. In the City managers office to go Over details for the Public hearing Cheek noted that High Point continues to enjoy a High credit rating Quot Dunn and Bradstreet and Moody a rating Bureau have each evaluated the City a financial and management program and Given the City a credit rating of double a he said Quot continuing the policy of More pay As you go and decreasing the amount of borrowing is recommended. The City manager said he described the budget making process As utilizing input from both department Heads and City Council. Quot the City is moving toward the management by objective process he said Quot Cost accounting has been Scheek on 6b h i g h p 0 i n t r p r i s e monday afternoon june 3. 1974 Section b High Point Central High students Are recognized the annual awards Day honouring All seniors and Public ally recognizing award and scholarship winners was held today at Central High school. Senior class president Ronnie Climard served As master of ceremonies. Kenneth Dickens assistant principal recognized award winners and mrs. Evelyn Harris Counselor recognized scholarship winners. Awards were presented to the following Susan Mcfalls and Matt Wall National Merit finalists Lin Amos Sally Caperton Donna Dyer Pat Ghosn and Robert Pitts National Merit commended students Martha Starling fourth place in National Scholastic awards sponsored by National Scholastic magazines inc. Rand Robinson Dar award Kathy Spaugh Betty Crocker award Renee Roach National choral award Julie Hutchens first place in the National math exam Paul Haywood first place in biological division of the n c. Student Academy of science and honorable mention at the state meeting and paper sessions at Hayes Freeman Mabe appalachian state University and Erie Frazier National history award. Bill Allen most outstanding member of the National forensic league Fletcher Little most outstanding second year bricklaying student Roy Marrs m. W Randall award for most outstanding first year bricklaying student Earnest Crowell Cleveland Mccall and Lonnell Alford outstanding achievement in bricklaying Kenneth Hall most improved Industrial education student Clark most outstanding Industrial education student Rhonda Osborne most outstanding it student Bobby Middlebrook most outstanding Auto Mechanic student of the year Linda Marrs outstanding Coo student Nedra Gardner outstanding deca student of the year and Becky Whitley american management society outstanding business student deca club academic club of the year interact club service club of the year Mary Amos and in Amos Dar essay contest winners Joy Duncan apprentice for the Vagabond players at Flat Rock playhouse Scott Dennis Louis Armstrong jazz award David Wesson anon band award Keith Leeper Northwestern University debate award Amy Story and Bill Terrell Mary Carter award Sarah Haywood Annie Rogers Danny Dayles David Henderson so High Point on 2b Alexander victim of benign neglect by Lee Mortimer Enterprise staff writer Lexington judge Elreta m. Alexander of Greensboro reiterated her conviction saturday that her race and her sex had Little if anything to do with her primary election defeat last month. But her remarks revealed an opinion that the republicans May not have wanted her to win. The gop May even have wanted to nominate a weak candidate of their own because they want a Democrat to win in november judge Alexander indicated. The eighteenth judicial District judge lost the Republican nomination for chief Justice of the North Carolina supreme court to James Milford Newcomb of Williamston. Newcomb a fire equipment Salesman with Only a High school education and no Legal background won Over judge Alexander by a 60 to 40 per cent margin. Judge Alexander s comments came during an interview with reporters following an address to the graduating class at Davidson county Community College. Quot i cannot believe that with so few people voting in the primary that so Many could have been that prejudiced against my race or my sex Quot she said incredulously. Quot that Many people could not have been so stupid she added explaining that All of those who voted would have been knowledgeable organization people. In a state with such a Small number of registered republicans Only those who a know what is going on Quot actually vote in a primary she indicated. How did a Man like Newcomb without qualifications come to file for the highest judicial Post in the state Quot gop chairman Tom Bennett has said that he jokingly suggested to Newcomb a Why done to you run Quot judge Alexander said. She was referring to an encounter Between the two men at a party dinner in Wilmington before the filing deadline. Once the filing deadline had passed party leaders apparently did nothing to discourage Newcomb from continuing in the race she added. Quot he should at least have been told that to be made a judge he would be required to a maintain competence in the Law a Quot she protested. If the party apparatus had been in support of the More qualified candidate How could an unqualified person win with a top heavy margin Quot that a what Many people have been asking me since the election she answered Quot they ask questions like a could the word have been passed Down not to support you a Quot Quot i do know that Richard Levy Campaign chairman is Alexander on 2b judge Elreta Alexander in

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