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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 11, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 332 Kokomo Ind Thursday Aug 50 cents Child w Local officials borrow funding ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Howard Countys top welfare official hopes a new state law will help him keep pace with child welfare costs that have burgeoned out of control in recent years House Resolution 1380 passed last session requires counties to split up their 1995 welfare budgets into general welfare and a specific family and children services fund The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and lawmakers hope the change will enable them to better monitor exactly where child welfare costs are skyrocketing James McClean the 1FSSA Divi sion of Family and Children Howard County director said he welcomes the new fund as a way to raise the statemandated tax rate limit counties can levy to pay for child services The maximum amount Howard County could levy in property taxes for welfare spending last year was million About million was initially budgeted but higher than expected numbers of children needing assistance and climbing care costs left the county welfare department short of the million it ended up need ing It had to take out a loan McClean projects a shortfall for the rest of this year also with about in costs that will likely go unpaid until next year In his first family and children services budget recently submit ted to the county auditor to be examined in a public hearing Aug 30 and in meetings with the coun ty council thereafter McClean is asking for million State law will allow up to million of that to come from taxes McClean said Although the 1995 general wel ky fare budget will be about mil lion less than this year there will be an overall budgetary increase of about million between the two Raising that extra money of which up about can come from a tax levy would necessitate either a cut elsewhere in the county budget or a property tax increase It would take a levy of cents per of assessed valuation to raise next year if a tax increase is heeded according to Auditor Marilyn Cook For example a home assessed at would see its property tax bill hiked McClean said if the county council turns his budget down hell appeal to the State Board of Tax Commissioners He expects to find empathy there he said in light of the new law and because counties statewide are struggling to stay on top of costs Child welfare spending in Indi ana nearly quadrupled from 1987 to 1993 from million to million said IFSSA spokesman Ed Stattmann Institutional costs for special needs children have risen about 10 to 15 percent annually in recent years while county welfare bud gets have been held statutorily to a maximum yearly growth of 5 percent McClean said ket McClean said his budget has fallen short the past two years because of more troubled abused and emotionally disturbed youths coming through the court system and into expensive care facili ties For example the number of chil dren referred to the Howard County family services depart ment as victims of sexual abuse has nearly tripled over the last three years said Marilyn Robin son supervisor of child services and protection There were 110 documented child victims of sex abuse in 1991 compared to 305 last year Robinson said Struttin1 her stuff Julie Lewis Kokomo a Delco Electronics Corp employee relay race which raised about for Bona Vista Twenty heads for the finish line during Bona Vista Comprehensive five teams competed and collected pledges and entry fees to Rehabilitation Services annual Street Strut Wednesday in help Bona Vista For more on the event see Page A2 uptown Kokomo A team from PSI Energy won the walking Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner Unions stuff war chest Beatty still behind Buyer Northern sues over insurance ByLISAFIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau TIPTON Ind Northern School Corp wants to make sure it has insurance coverage if the corporation loses lawsuits that allege a teacher made sexual advances toward two pupils To ensure coverage the Sharpsville school corporation has filed a lawsuit in Tipton Circuit Court against two insurance com panies The companies named in the lawsuit are Indiana Insurance Co of Indianapolis and National Casualty Co of Scottsdale Ariz The corporation claims it has coverage with both companies If a court ruling says theres no coverage property taxes would pay monetary damages if the school corporation loses the two lawsuits according to Jon Bailey the corporations attorney Bailey said the suits against the insurance companies are not an indication that we intend to lose Its just we want and expect the insurance coverage we paid he said We understood we had coverage We were very careful to make sure there was no gap in cover Bailey said He added that Northern is certain that one if not bothpolicies cover the corpora tion completely because the school had worked to ensure they had a seamless web of cover age According to Tipton Circuit Court documents there is a dis pute between Indiana Insurance Co and Northern and National Casualty Co and Northern over whether the school has defense and indemnity coverage from each company in regard to two lawsuits filed in June On June 17 two lawsuits were filed in part against the school and Donald Garner in his capacity as an employee of the school The suits were filed by the attorneys for Steven R and Julie A Flick and Michael E and Penny L Williams on behalf of their daugh ters who claim TriCentral Ele mentary teacher Garner made sexual advances toward them during the 19921993 school year Defense coverage would pay the school corporations legal fees and the indemnity coverage would pay any monetary dam ages the school would be required to pay the Williamses and the Flicks if the court decided in their favor The lawsuits did not state how much the families are asking but in March in the notices of the tort claims the first step in filing the suits the attorneys stated per incident So the school corporations attorney Jon Bailey Tuesday filed a complaint for declaratory judg ment against each of the insurance companies Baitey told the Koko mo Tribune in a telephone conver sation that the school is asking the court to decide who should pro vide coverage Indiana Insurance or National Casualty or both Richard Holland of Holland Insurance in Tipton had no com ment He is Northerns local agent for both companies Claims made in filing a law suit represent only one side of the case and may be contested in later court By DAVID HA WRINGS Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Bolstered by a wave of union giving Howard County Sheriff Beatty has built a viable campaign war chest for his congressional challenge to Rep Steve Buyer Beatty a Democrat had in his political bank account on July 1 his most recent campaign finance report to the Federal Elec tion Commission shows Buyer a firstterm Republican had in cash on hand at the same time recent history of campaign spend ing in Indianas 5th District shows In July 1992 Buyer was a challenger with only in cash exactly half as much as incumbent Democratic Rep Jim Jontz Buyer went on to win an upset victory that fall although he raised and spent only twothirds as much money The combined spending in that race however was almost mil lion the most in any Hoosier con gressional race that year It still takes a lot more money than the sheriffs got right now to beat an said Chris Sautter a consultant for Indiana Democratic candidates based here Beattys made a respectable start and proved people are will ing to invest in his race but hes got a long way to Kokomo is the biggest city in the 5th District which covers at least part of 20 mostly rural northern Indiana counties Campaigns in the region can get expensive because of the cost of time on tele vision stations in Indianapolis and Chicago whose broadcasts reach most of the areas voters Almost half of Beattys contribu tions to date or has come from political action committees All but three of his PAC donations have been received since April and all but two have come from unions suggesting that organized labor has recently decided to make a substantial effort to unseat the firstterm incumbent The United Auto Workers and Sheet Metal Workers International union PACs have each already given the maximum allowed The International Broth erhood of Electrical Workers has given and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees has donat ed As was the case in his first race Buyer has received nothing from so far in thw cam palgn Instead almost all his money has come from business PACs The biggest gifts in recent months have included from the American Medical Associa tion from the Indiana Farm Bureau and from die National Association of Home builders The National Rifle Association which opposes all federal gun control measures and has had Buyers support gave the con gressman Handgun Con trol Inc gave the sheriff Buyer has promised to take no more than half his donations from PACs whose ability to dominate congressional fund raising could be curtailed under a campaign finance bill stalled on the edge of approval by Congress During the 18 months since he took office 42 percent of Buyers donations or has come from PACs The congressmans political operation has spent in die last 18 months or triple what Beattys campaign has spent Beatty has lent his campaign and that is the campaigns only major debt Buyers cam paign had in overdue bills at the beginning of July The next reports are due in October only a few weeks before me election Inside todays Tribune Classified Dear News of Governor rocks with the Stones INDIANAPOLIS AP Ifs only rock n roll but the governor likes it Gov Evan Bayh and his wife Susan Indiana House Minority Leader Paul Mannweiler and sev eral other politicians with time on dteir side were among the people with tickets to Wednesday nights Rolling Stones concert at the RCA Dome Hes a Stones fan as he is with a number of rock and roll iayh8 spokesman Fred lir v He up widi dtem and has if tor nothing else a nostalgic He has purchased and listened to the Stones new Voodoo Lounge Others who planned to see Mick Jagger and Keith Richards strut their stuff were Indiana Democra tic Party Chairwoman Ann DeLaney Marion County Prose cutor Jeffrey Modisett and Joe Lof tus deputy mayor of Indianapo lis It shouldnt be all that shocking thai Bayh rocks to Stones After all hes only 38 more than 10 years younger than some of die band members Simpson has surgery Mick Jaeger performs at AP photo LOS ANGELES AP Simpson was hospitalized briefly today for minor surgery then returned to the Mens Central Jail his doctor said The procedure was performed without any complications The patient fared very said Dr Robert Huizenga Simpsons per sonal physician Simpson left the downtown jail at and arrived at Cedars Sinai Medical Center 18 minutes later in an unmarked blue sedan Huizenga who said the proce dure had teen planned wouldnt confirm an earlier report that Simpson was suffering from gas trointestinal distress Citing doc torpatient confidentiality he refused to discuss any aspect of the surgery or Simpsons health He was brought to the recov ery room where he recovered the doctor said adding that Simpson was taken back to die jail where he will be in the hospital ward more days Hospital spokesman Ron Wise said he couldnt discuss Simp sons treatment The Sheriffs Department referred calls to Simpson s lawyer Robert Shapiro who didnt return repeated telephone calls Sheriffs Deputy Bill Martin said earlier that Simpson left the jail pursuant to a court order and was in the constant company of deputies Simpson returned to the jail at 7 Deputy Gabe Ramirez said Typically inmates are treated at nearby Los Angeles CountyUSC Medical Centers jail ward Martin said CedarsSinai Medical Center is known as the hospital to the stars because of its reputation for being the celebrity medical center of choice Meantime a jury consultant to Simpsons defense team says her job will be to weed out the poten tial jurors who appear to be most favorable to Simpson is chaqpd with die June 12 murders of hit exwife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldaun The i is srhfldntal fur total li ;