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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - May 30, 1974, High Point, North Carolina Valuation hike gives boost to tax yield by Jim Hawkins Enterprise staff writer Greensboro if the Guilford county Board of commissioners keeps tax payments for the 1974 year at the same level As they were last year the county could still end up with More than a million dollars in income above the amount estimated for this same time in 1973. On the other hand if commissioners were to keep the tax rate at the same level As it was for 1973, the income the county would receive for 1974-1975 would jump by approximately $7.9 million above the level estimated for this same time last year. The budget estimate for last year showed an estimated $14 6 million income based on a 61 cents per $100 valuation and an estimate showing property valuations in the county stood at $2 4 billion a figure which represented 70 per cent of the actual value. This year. If commissioners continue to use the same 61 cents tax rate against valuations which Are now set at too per cent of actual Market value the result would be an income of $22.5 million a figure which is $7.9 million above the level estimated at this time last year. Even if commissioners decide to keep tax payments at the same level for individual and corporate taxpayers they would still expect to receive $15 9 million in tax payments due to a considerable increase in valuation from the 1973 year to 1974 two major factors will make All the difference. First As ail North Carolina counties Guilford county this year will assess real estate and personal property at too per cent of its actual value instead of at the 70 per cent level As in the past this alone will bring a massive change in valuation totals. For example the $2.4 billion estimate at 70 per cent for 1973 would climb to $3,428 billion at too per cent. Second the year which has passed since the county budget estimate was prepared last june has brought a substantial increase in valuation. For example the new valuation estimate for Guilford county a at too per cent a is $3,723 billion a figure which is $295 million above the comparable $3,428 billion estimate for the 1973 year. To keep tax payments approximately in line with those for last year commissioners will need to Cut the tax rate by about 30 per cent from the 61 cents per $100 valuation level for 1973. The new level under this approach would be 43 cents per $100 valuation. Should this reduced tax rate be placed into use for the 1974 year the county could expect to receive $15.9 million in property tax income. This is about $1.3 million above the level estimated for the 1973-1974 budget year. Commissioners Over the past few weeks have indicated strongly that they Are hoping they can keep tax payments in line. They have already moved toward reducing the fire tax District tax rates in order to keep tax payments there in line and they have discussed this Issue with school officials. However recently they have pointed to massive problems. One of these is in the social services area where the Federal and state governments Are withdrawing funds for child welfare funds. Commissioner Percy Sears said wednesday that this alone could Cost the county about $300,000 to $400,000 in local funds. He also noted the set valuation on5d City budget preparation officials Rushing to meet deadline the Dot Means no turn City traffic Engineer r. V. Moss and his Secretary Libby Poole examine this unique sign which will soon Grace the streets of High Point. State Law now allows right turns on red lights at All intersections a except those specifically exempted. The High Point City Council has decreed no right turns on red at 33 approaches Here. These signs will be placed at the intersections before july i the effective Date of the new state Law. Soh photo by Monk auth by Forrest Cates Enterprise staff writer City Hall Here has mounted a crash Effort to produce a City budget for fiscal 1974-75 a after learning belatedly that the deadline is june i. City manager Harold Cheek came out of seclusion with his staff on the budget Long enough today to say a i think we will make he Hopes to have a boiled Down version of his budget request in the hands of the City Council sometime probably late. Saturday. The estimate will be released to the Public when the Council meets As a committee of the whole on monday. The Guilford county government apparently will not make the deadline. The county managers office today was still waiting for some of the projections necessary to put together a budget estimate. The requirement that budget estimates be in hand of governing bodies by june i is contained in revised states statutes. The amended Law also requires Public hearings on budgets before they Are adopted. It reduces the time that the budget must be open for inspection from 20 to to Days. The new budget will go into effect on july i the first Day of the new fiscal year. The City Council has until then to adopt it. Mayor Paul Clapp said today that he probably will ask the Council to set a Date for the Public hearing while in session next week the hearing probably will be scheduled for the Council s meeting on june 17. The earlier submission of the budget Clapp said will Quot give the Council a Little More time to make its Quot the Pace May be a bit More leisurely this year Quot the Law is not Clear on what happens if a City or county fails to meet the deadlines for submitting the budget estimate and adopting a new budget. In fact the Law makes provisions for tardiness by setting out procedures for adoption of a a interim budgets after an old budget expires. Cheek does not plan to submit the details of the budget to the Council this weekend. Members will probably be provided Only with a Quot cover Quot Sheet and breakdowns on expect Able expenditures by department and revenues by sources. The cover Sheet will show Cheek s recommendation As to the new tax rate he has warned that some sort of tax increase is Likely As one Way of raising Revenue to meet mounting costs of the City government. Archdale passes privilege ordinance merchants required to pay tax by Don Wrenn Enterprise staff writer Archdale beginning oct. I most commercial enterprises serving this City will have to pay a tax to do so following action by the Archdale City Council wednesday night. The Council voted tentative approval wednesday night to put into effect a privilege License ordinance that will require All businesses serving Archdale to buy a License. The Council has set a Public hearing on the matter for july 23, the regular meeting night of the Board. City attorney Don Miller said the Public hearing is not required but he Felt the Council should give area merchants a Chance to be heard on the matter. The ordinance when it goes into effect will not Only require firms located within the City to buy the License but also firms from other areas coming into Archdale to do so. Those merchants failing to comply with the ordinance face additional penalties which must be paid before the License is granted a separate License will be required for each place of business unless places of business communicate directly with an opening into each other. Council members voted to permit the merchants to pro rate the License bought on oct. I since the first Quarter of the fiscal year will have passed. The schedule of fees will run from $5 for the distributing of handbills to $1,000 for a Massage parlor. Carnivals will pay $100 while Fortune tellers pal mists and clairvoyants will pay $1,000 to work in Archdale. Ice Cream delivery firms will pay $2.50 yearly plus $10 for each truck coming into the City. This also applies to other delivery outfits such As Oil distributors and laundry companies which Are located outside the City limits. Rates for these firms Are higher. Motion picture Heaters or driven Heaters will pay Hospital trustees approve rate hike beginning june i it will Cost from $38 to $50 per Day for a room in High Point memorial Hospital. The Board of trustees approved room rate increases at their regular meeting this week that will result in an Over All increase in Hospital costs of about 7va per cent. Ned Clark Hospital director said today that All we be Ever done is try to stay on a break even basis and we Hope this will allow us to break even for the next Clark said that the increases will hopefully offset spiralling costs for Hospital supplies including everything from food to plastic materials and also provide for salary adjustments effective july i. The new salary schedules have not yet been worked out he said. Under the new room rates charges for a Ward bed have been raised from $34 to $38 charges for a semiprivate room two Beds to a room have been raised from $36. $37 and $38 to $40, $41 and $42 and private rooms have been raised from $40 and $46 to $44 to $50. Room rates at memorial were raised $2 across the Board about a year ago in keeping with Federal economic controls in effect at that time. But the Hospital experienced a deficit of about $200,000 last year. All economic controls were removed from hospitals on May i of this year. Since then most hospitals across the state have initiated rate increases to catch up with the Cost of inflation 4 rn"1 11 on the scene Davidson to keep tax rate steady Ducc editor Lexington Gary Hiott of Thomasville has been named editor of the Davidson county Community College newspaper the commuter. Hiott a second year College Transfer student succeeds Susan Conner of High Point. He is the son of or. And mrs. Rudolph Hiott of 412 Kern St., Thomasville. Kiwanis speaker or a Craig Phillips state superintendent of Public instruction will address the High Point kiwanis club Friday. The state superintendent s topic will be the affects on education in North Carolina due to recent legislative acts. Rummage Sale Northwood United methodist Church on the Corner of Guyer Street and Eastchester drive will sponsor a rummage and Craft Sale at the Church saturday at to a m. Wood crafts baked goods and other items will be on Sale. Division or by it continuing officials. Contacting education cd sirens civil preparedness sirens throughout High Point will be sounded at noon on saturday according to mrs. Anne Partin coordinator. Mrs. Partin said the sirens Are sounded each month As a part of a testing program. Davis reunion a reunion of the defendants of Keziah Wheeler Davis and William Davis Iii will be held sunday at Hometown fire station North of High Point. The reunion will begin with lunch at i $87.50 annually while Pawn brokers will pay $200 annually. Distributors of pinball machines will have to pay $10 per machine and dealers in pistols and cartridges will pay a fee of $50. Merchants Selling Bowie knives Dirks daggers Sling shots loaded canes Iron or metallic Knuckles or articles of like kind will pay $200. The Council in other action called for a Public hearing on the proposal to rezone to my All property from existing my along school Road following English farm property to Point on Muddy Creek then 200 feet parallel to and from Archdale Road and then South to the rear of the lots adjoining Elaine Street continuing southward 200 feet from Elaine Street to the existing my. This Large area is currently zoned residential 1-15. Also at the same Public hearing the Council will consider rezoning two lots on Norman drive from r-15 to my. Councilman t. C. Talbert asked the Council to set up a driveway ordinance which will require All persons wishing to connect to streets with a driveway to obtain a permit. Council members approved the idea and called for a study. The duties of tax collector finance officer and City clerk will now be separated and divided among two City employees councilman j. J. Warren noted. Mrs. Nancy Burrow City clerk will no longer serve As tax collector and finance officer but will turn these duties Over to another employee yet to be hired. Mrs. Burrow will continue As City clerk. High Point Enterprise thursday afternoon May 30, 1974 Section d Pool openings Mark beginning of summer fun plans for the summer programs in High Point Are in their final stages at the High Point Parks and recreation dept offices on Nathan Hunt drive. The swimming pools a at High Point municipal Lake and Washington Terrace a will open saturday and the playgrounds under the direction of de Tratnack will begin operation monday june 17. Swimming lessons will be held at each Pool and registration for lessons will be held at the respective pools during Pool hours june 2-5, according to aquatics director vie sanniota the first session is slated to begin june to at both pools Junior and senior lifesaving water safety instruction Spring Board diving water Ballet and scuba diving classes will be held at the City Lake Pool in addition to swimming lessons. Playgrounds will be located at Park Sites around the City and activities will be geared mainly toward elementary school aged children the morning programs will be designed for children under nine years of age and the afternoon program will be for children to years and older. Playgrounds will operate from 9 a in. To 5 . Monday through Friday until aug 16, on Many playgrounds lunches w ill be provided for children. The City of High Point in conjunction with the Public works dept., High Point housing authority High Point City school system and parcs and recreation dept will administer the feeding program. By Lee Mortimer Enterprise staff writer Lexington the proposed $8 million budget from Davidson county represents an increase of about 14 per cent Over the current budget but the amount of taxes paid on property will remain about the same. More than $1 million in increased expenditures for services has been made possible commission chairman Joe Berrier said thanks to interest on investments and unexpected tax collections. The proposed county tax rate for the coming fiscal year is 35 cents per $100 property valuation which Berrier confidently described As a state Law now requires that property be assessed at too per cent of its value rather than at an arbitrary figure formerly set by county governments. At 57 cents per $100, Davidson held the distinction of having the lowest tax rate of any North Carolina county for 1973-74. The revised figure of 35 cents will probably keep the county at one of the lowest figures in the state this year. The revised tax figure will result in Only Quot a few pennies difference Quot in the amount of taxes paid by property owners said Berrier. County manager Jim Varner added that the difference in taxes paid on a $10,000 piece of property for example would be Only about 80 cents under this years rate. About 56 per cent of the total budget has been allocated for the three school systems in the county a Davidson county Lexington and Thomasville City schools. Of that amount $3,069,329 will be used for operating expenses. No capital outlay has been allocated since monies still exist from the Sale of Bonds and other state funds. A group of citizens from the Welcome area who attended the meeting were More concerned with the Quality of services rendered by the county especially in the schools than by the lower tax rate. Quot i am concerned that our tax rate is so Low Quot said mrs. Judy Butler of Northern Davidson explaining her feelings that Many urgent needs should be met. Quot after All you get what you pay for a she added. Berrier and other commission members defended the budget As a Quot Good progressive one. In which. You shoot for the lowest tax rate you can while still providing necessary a new Quot general fund Quot accounting for $3.3 million of the total budget consolidates expenditures for the health fund social services poor Relief and emergency ambulance service under one head. Departmental increases Are represented by a 7.5 per cent increase id employ yes salaries and the initiation of a retirement plan for All employees except commissioners. Federal Revenue sharing funds will be spent primarily for More personnel for the tax office and inspection department equipment for the sheriffs department operation of landfills health department clinics and school capital outlay. Reading clubs to encourage children to read throughout the summer the High Point Public Library is offering summer Reading programs for every age child at the main Library and Washington Street Branch. Registration for All clubs will begin monday and will continue through the summer. Git class Jamestown a special secretarial refresher course designed to strengthen such secretarial skills As typing shorthand business English and general office procedures will be offered beginning tuesday by Guilford technical Institute at its Greensboro division at 501 w. Washington St. The 12-week class will meet on tuesdays and thursdays from 9 a m. Until noon. Interested individuals May obtain registration forms at the git Greensboro zoo director William Hoff second from right accepts gift from i to r mrs. Gwendolyn Davis Anita Rose Joanie Pruitt Joe Craig photo by Monk Ault. Zoo to get Bison from Central the . Zoological Park near Asheboro will receive two Bison thanks to the ecology class at High Point Central High school. Today at an informal session at the school a $2,000 Check was Given to William Hoff director of the zoological Park for the Purchase of two Bison for the zoo. The ecology class with the help of parents faculty and clubs was Able to raise the amount within two weeks. Even though the mention of the Purchase of the Bison was first brought up in a faculty meeting it was the class that Felt a need to try to help with the preservation of the nearly extinct animal. A the Bison is becoming extinct and needs a place where they can be said Janie Pruit a member of the class. Small projects by various organizations of the school aided in raising the needed Money. Students in the furniture class at the school made jewelry boxes and tables which were sold and proceeds Given to the fund. Jerry Shaver principal at Central rooted Azalea plants and sold them to the faculty to add Money to the needed cause. All facets of the school a students faculty and administration a United to raise the Money for the two Bison. The Bison has been the school Mascot since the 1920 s. The Bison native to the United states will be imported from a game preserve in the Western . They Are slated to arrive in Asheboro sometime in Early summer

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