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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Budget avoids surprises j From CANADIAN PRESS and STAFF EDMONTON A budget packed with municipal tax reform and backed by increasing energy resource revenus was presented to the Alberta legislature Fri- day night. Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely, anticipating a increase in oil and gas revenues this year, pegged spending at billion, up per cent from the 1972-73 fiscal year. Main leature ot the budget is a property tax .re- duction plan which rescues homeowners and renters from most of the education levy. For municipalities, it provides million in grants to let some of the air out of ballooning mill rates. Also provided for is an innovative non-compulsory early childhood cduealin program, a 26.3-per- cent boost in agriculture spending, major expansion of provincial parks, a Si-million housing program for the Metis people and million for long-term financing plans for basic and post-secondary education. There will be no taxes or increases in current rates, said Mr. Miniely. He forecast an operating surplus ot million, but an over-all deficit of million. Last year's deficit was at 5191 million but has been revised down to million. Capital borrowing needs, loans and advances are ivhat wipe out the operating surplus and create the deficit. Reaction to the budget was immediate, and mostly harsh. James Henderson, the Social Credit house leader, said the forecast deficit is "shocking." Werner Schmidt, the Social Credit party leader who doesn't have seat in the house, said tlic budget didn't provide any evidence that unemployment will be re- duced. Deficit slammed Grant Notley, (he New Democratic Parly leader, zald most of the budget had been announced before the legislature opened, a criticism also voiced by Mr. Henderson. "In view of the energy said Mr. Notley, "The government shouldn't be bragging about in- creased resource revenues when we're being sold down the river." He also found the deficit disquieting. "It must be disturbing to Albertans when economic activity is so high." The National Farmers' Union charged the govern- ment has ignored lire .Alberta Farmer's real problems, despite Uic 20.3 per cent in operating expenses for the agricultural department. Bill Daseavich. NFU regional director, said in a statement (he department's rural development pro- grams and aggressive marketing plans will do little to directly increase farm income, and even less lo encourage young farmers. However, several Southern Alberla Social Credit MLAs praised the budget. John Anderson (LethbridgQ East) said "I wasn't loo disappointed at all with the budget. It reflected a big increase in spending, but you must increase spending during inflationary Lcighton Buckwell (Macleod) said "ll's a pretty good budget. It reflects the bauyant economy." "I'm pleased they've doubled the input to irri- gation rehabilitation lo million but I'm D little concerned that grants for roads in municipal districts and counties have been cut by 15 per he added. Tax bill down Cliarlie Brain (Pincher said "Capital costs for schools are down due enrolment so this has permitted the diversion of funds into areas that weren't previously'available." Mr. Drain said the government shouldn't be pat- ting Itself about increased revenues from the oil industry because "the energy crisis Is chronic and Alberta is sitting in the driver's scat." Tlie property tax plan, said Mr. Miniely, will slice the tax bill of average homeowners by up to this year. Renters, for the first time, would receive re- lief in the form of a income tax credit on their 1973 returns. The province also will piclr up, through grants, the costs of municipal hospital and health unit costs. The costs of local social assistance to municipalities would be reduced to 10 per cent from 20 per cent. These would cost the province million of tha million total. There would be another million in unconditional grants and million in incentive grants, to be shared by municipalities who kept 1973 budget increases lo 7.5 per cent. Operating expenditures, said 'Mr. Miniely, are expected to reach billion with capital expendi- tures of SJ87 million for the total of billion. Tola! revenue forecast is billion, compared with billion predicted last year. Much of the additional revenue million will como from increased oil royallies announced last summer. Royallies from oil and natural gas may reach million, said Mr. Miniefy, compared with million last year. Total oil am. gas revenues are forecast at a whopping million, compared with million last year, an increase of 33.5 per cent, (More budget slories on Page II, graph on Page 2) The Lethbridgc Herald VOL. LXVI No. 70 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS SIX SECTIONS 72 PAGE3 Three executed as part of gruesome plot Pilot air regulations kept in sight during the fight. Doug Rae, operations man- ager for Gateway Aviation Ltd. of Edmonton, Mr. Harlwell's employer, said he had ordered the pilot two weeks before the accident not to fly at night in the twin engine Beeehcraft 18 because this violated regu- lations. Ed Logozar, senior pilot with Gateway, had flown Miss Hill and the two patients to Cam- bridge they encoun- tered Mr. their home community of Spence Bay. Mr. Logozar testified .he asked Mr. Hartwell to lake the mercy flight. Mr. Logozar was due in Coppermine, N.W.T., later that day while Mr. Hart- well had a day's layover in Cambridge Bay. C.A RVSSELL TO CONTEST 13YELECTION The lender of the Alberta Liberal party will contest a ponding byclection in the Cal- gary-Foothills provincial riding left vacant by death of Tele- phone Minister Len Werry. Dob Russell of St. Albert told the annual meeting ot the Lelhbridge Federal Liberal As- sociation here Friday night he was invited to run in the by- election earlier in the day at a meeting in Calgary of the rid- ing's Liberal association. Mr. Russell wss an unsuc- cessful candidate in St. Albert, north of Edmonton, in the 1957 and 1971 provincial elections. "I will campaign to win" in Calgary Foothills, he lold the Lethbridge meeting. The date of the byelection has not been announced. He stressed that the byelec- tion will be won on issues. In an interview later, Mr. Russell said the seat will be a contest between the Progres- sive Conservatives and the Lib- erals. "It is up to Werner Schmidt if he is going to contest the scot for the Social Credit he said. Ready for battle AIM member ills and .waits in "bunker" in front of church occupied by disgruntled Indians. Wounded Knee tense is still Walkouts continue LONDON