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Vol. 92 - No. 19
THURSDAY January 27, 1983 25 cents
(USPS 377^80)Reagan raps corporate tax
WASHINGTON (AP) - Surprised White House aides say they’re “not seriously considering” President Reagan's suggestion that corporate income taxes be abolished, describing it as “just something he threw out.” Reagan, in a meeting with businessmen in Boston Wednesday, remarked off-the-cuff that the corporate tax is unfair to American business and “there really isn’t any justification for it.”
His aides seemed taken aback. “We’re not seriously considering it,” said David R. Gergen, the president’s assistant for communications.
“There’s no study, there’s no plan. It’s just something he threw out,” said I^arry Speakes, the deputy press secretary. “It was nothing that had ever been discussed at the White House.’’
Reagan told reporters he did not plan to submit legislation to abolish the tax, but added: “I said it was something to study and look at.” Speakes said none of the White House staff who accompanied Reagan to Boston heard him make the suggestion during a public meeting with the Massachusetts High Tech Council, a group of high technology businesses.
Reagan's comments came at the end of a four-hour trip that began with stops at a minority job training
center, computer factory and an Irish pub, where he took one sip of beer.
Reagan wound up at the Millipore Corp., in Bedford, Mass., for a meeting with the High Tech Council. He dropped his surprise suggestion at the end of the long session in a crowded room with an inadequate sound system.
Seated at a table with about 15 businessmen, the president said:
“I realize that there will be a great stirring and I’ll probably kick myself for having said this, but when are we all going to have the courage to point out that in our tax structure the corporate tax is very hard to justify its existence?”
Instead, he said, corporate profits should be distributed to stockholders in the form of dividends. The stockholders then would pay tax on the income.
Some business leaders have raised that suggestion in the past, contending the current system of levying a 46 percent tax on corporate profits and taxing dividends as well amounts to double taxation of corporations.
The Office of Management and Budget estimated last July that corporate income taxes would yield $58.3 billion in the current fiscal year, ending nex* Sept. 30, and will account for 9 percent of all federal tax revenues.
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Paul 'Bear' Bryant—1913-1983
Story in Sports, Page 6
Staff photo bv John Sente
Sledge release due in February
Bv DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Former Utilities manager Richard Sledge has less than two weeks to call the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville home.
John Byrd, executive director of the Texas Parole Board, said Thursday that Sledge’s “parole certificate was issued today. We make runs to TDC on Thursdays and Tuesdays with certificates, but this one was too late for today.
“So TDC will receive his parole certificate on Tuesday, Feb. I,” Byrd said, “and within a week, Mr. Sledge will be out of prison.’’
An exact release date from TDC has not been set.
Byrd said that doesn’t happen until the parole book on a tangled web spun since 1980. That was the
certificate is delivered to the prison facility.
Parole decisions are made by nine parole commissioners and three Board of Pardons and Paroles members. For sentences of less than 45 years, the magic formula is two out of three...two favorable votes out of two parole commissioners and one board member, for a parole request to make to the desk of the governor.
Sledge received three favorable votes, and his file has been on the governor’s desk ever since. However, a release is not been set until the parole certificate is delivered in hand to the prison facility. Byrd said Thursday.
Sledge’s release from TDC will virtually close the
year the former Utilities manager pleaded guilty to stealing $23,000 rn Utilities funds in 1976. He was sentenced to five years in prison on Feb. ll. 1981, but spent the rest of that year out of jail, fighting his conviction on appeal.
On Dec. 23. 1981, his request for a rehearing was denied by the appellate court, and his tenure at TDC began on Jan. 16, 1982. Behind bars only four months and two days, Sledge was erroneously released on parole to Hidalgo County on May 18.
He returned voluntarily to TIX* in June, and on Oct. 15, Utilities attorney Tom Burrus received a check for $38,901.87 reimbursement plus interest His parole process began in November
White -PUC members should be elected
AUSTIN (AP) Gov. Mark White today told lawmakers that the appointed Public Utility Commission has become a “handmaiden’’ of utility monopolies and should bt* scrapped in favor of an elected panel.
He also called for an "emergency” pay raise for schoolteachers of 24 percent over the next tw o years.
The governor, who delivered his legislative package to lawmakers in his “state of the state” speech, said his proposals should not require new taxes.
“Our state government finances are in very good shape, and don’t let anyone tell you they’re not,” he said. “I see no reason for increasing the taxes paid by the people of Texas.”
White called for three elected utility commissioners, chosen statewide.
"The people have lost faith in the ability and purpose of the Public Utility Commission. A regulatory body’s primary function is to serve as a watchdog over monopolies, not to serve as a captive handmaiden of those same monopolies,” he said.
White will follow up his speech in the coming weeks with television ads asking Texans to support his plan.
Under the governor’s proposal, the
three commissioners would be elected to staggered six-year terms. The current three-member commission, established in 1975, is appointed by the governor.
"The Public Utility Commission has given no indication of its willingness or desire to regulate in a manner which will assure Texans that the utility rates they are pay mg are fairly set and impartially considered," he said.
During his campaign last year. White said an elected commission might fall prey to utility companies’ campaign contributions. In his proposal today, White called for a ban on campaign contributions by utility companies. Earlier this week. White acknowledged there could be legal obstacles to such a ban
White also called for a ban on the automatic pass-through of increased fuel costs. He wants the state to set up an “office of general counsel” to "advocate the views of the consuming public.” The general counsel would bt* appointed by the governor and face Senate confirmation.
White’s first speech to the
See WHITE, Page 14
A matter of money
County unsure of revenue for 1983Inside
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Comal Commissioners are holding expenses to the bare minimum until they know exactly how much tax money the county lias to work with.
And it looks like they’ll continue doing so until at least mid-February, which is the soonest County Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clennan estimates she’ll have an estimated figure on total 1982 county tax collections.
“ITI have them a figure they (Commissioners Court) can be comfortable with by Feb. 15,” Clennan said Thursday.
Jan. 31 is the last day to pay county taxes without penalty, County Auditor Bate Bond said Wednesday. “Most people will pay them by then...historically we collect a good percentage — say 90 percent — by then."
Once the tax bills have been paid, however, the work is just beginning for Clennan’s office, which then begins processing tax receipts to provide the county with an estimated tax collection value.
Currently, Clennan reports that her office is bogged down with complaints from taxpayers concerning their tax bills. A lot of these complaints resulted from homestead exemptions which were inadvertently left off the county tax roll prepared by the Comal County Central Appraisal District.
Correcting these mistakes bikes time, which is why Bond said he does not know how much money the county has to work with.
"I don’t know how much the tax collections will bt1 for January because of the mistakes made on the lax bills that have to be changed when people pa> them,” he said in a telephone interview.
“Until she (Clennan) gets them (tax bills) processed (which amount to close to 6U.OOO parcels) we won’t know how short we are,” added Bond, referring to the county budget.
When Commissioners Court adopted this year’s budget in December, Bond said the court "braced itself for the worst” by setting aside approximately $70,000 in a contingency fund.
The court knew that since the tax bills went out late this year (due to the Central Appraisal not being able to get the county its property tax roll on time) they would be losing money in interest, Bond said.
“We’ve never had our tax statements go out later than October, which is when we usually collect a lot,” he noted. Interest is drawn on those bills paid early, he said.
“This year I estimate we’ll probably lose about $30,000 in interest,” he added. “But that’s also built into the budget...that and lower interest rates.”
The county’s budget is not in serious financial
See I AX. Page 14Today's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for clear and mild today, clear and not as cold tonight, and patchy early morning fog Friday, becoming generally fair and a little warmer. Winds will be from the northeast at 5-10 mph today, and variable at less than IO mph tonight. Sunset will be at 6:04 p.m., and sunrise Friday w ill be at 7:23 a.in.No Boring Super Bowl
He admits to having been a bit conservative in past Super Bow Is, of designing a game plan to not lose, rather than to win. But in Sunday’s Super Bowl XVII, Miami coach Don Simla promises wide-open, aggressive football — the kind of play that got the Dolphins to the championship game. See Page 7
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Task force seeking tighter county controls
When it comes to subdivision plat reviewal, "variances by Commissioners Court seem to have become the rule rather than the exception on matters extremely vital to the health and welfare of the citizens of this county."
This is according to the Citizens Task Force on Water, a group concerned about the quality and quantity of the county’s water supply, specifically in Bulverde, Canyon I .ake and other areas located over the Glen Rose-Trinity Aquifer.
Betty Baker, head of the task force, has presented the court with her group’s general recommendations on county subdivision rules and regulations, which are currently being revised.
Acknowledging that subdivision rules and regulations weren’t always "stringently enforced,” Commissioners Court in October, 1981 appointed a committee to study them.
This committee — which consisted of former County Sanitarian Dr. Ed Grist (now retired), County Engineer Bill Henderson, Commissioner JI. “.Inmhn" Evans and ('ourt Ad
ministrator Tim Darilek completed its task last spring.
The court’s response to its recommendations were turned back to individual members of the committee, w ho are now w orking on their "second draft," Darilek said Tuesday.
He expects the second draft to be ready for review in the “next couple of weeks."
learning that the county was reviewing its subdivision rules and regulations is what prompted Baker’s task force to work on its own recommendations.
"We have found in going over the rules and regulations that not near as many things need to be changed or added as there seems to be a need for clarity, tightening up of intepretation, adherence to and enforcing of the existing requirements," Baker told the court Monday.
In a telephone interview, Darilek agreed with Baker’s statement, saying “a lot of the issues they bring up are why we’re in the process of
See COUNTY, Page 14Taking a bite out of crimeBurglary dropped in '82, police records show
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
Theft is up. Burglary is down. The number of robberies increased by one. Arrests were up a little. But traffic tickets, traffic accidents and driving while intoxicated arrests decreased over the past year
New Braunfels Police Chief Burney Boeck has taken stock of 1982. On the whole, ifs been a good year for his department.
"Burglary going down two years in a row is a little unusual. That’s a good statistic,” he said. Police investigated 405 buglaries in 1980 ; 378 in 1981 and 348 in 1982. The decrease last year was seven percent.
"Our DW I arrest has fallen,” Boeck continued. Police made 452 arrests in 1981, and 377 in 1982. “But that’s still very good for a community this size.” Only 248 drunk drivers were arrested in 1980.
In Boeck’s opinion, a high number of DWI arrests shows that patrolmen are doing their jobs. Despite a raised public consciousness on the problem of drinking and driv ing, he figures there are still plenty of drunks on the streets.
“Our officers are seeing them. They’re getting them off the roads,” he said "Look at our accident total.”
See CRIME, Page 14
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
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