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Home Paper Of 41 Communities Founded in 1844— Leased United Pre$s international News Photo Wires LOGANSPORT, INDIANA, 46947 MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 27,1972 AM Departments Phone 753.7511 Price Per Copy, Ten Cents Bowen Tells Farmers Of Tax Relief Plans Kissinger Meets With President President Nixon confers today with Henry A. Kissinger, his chief Vietnam peace negotiator, in their third meeting since the interruption Saturday of Kissinger's secret talks in Paris with Hanoi diplomats. Nixon was to meet with Kissinger at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md. The latest round of private Paris negotiations, which began a week ago, was suspended until Dec. 4 to give both sides time for such consultations. Nixon also wanted time to respond to objections in the Washington-Hanoi accord raised by South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu. Nixon was to meet with Thieu's personal emissary, Nguyen Phu Due, this week at Camp David for a direct report on Thieu's position. Due went to Paris early last week for briefings by Kissinger on his secret talks with Hanoi politburo member Le Due Tho. U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth C. Bunker and Thieu met in Saigon today for 15 minutes, apparently to discuss the status of the Paris talks. School Boards May Combine Bus Purchases The Logansport School Board will discuss tonight the possibility of joining with a neighboring school corporation in bidding for the future purchase of new school buses. The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the school administration building on East George street. The joint-bidding proposal will be submitted to the board by Randall Mauck, director of business affairs, in cooperation with Southeastern School Corporation. Such a possibility has been discussed by the board on other occasions, not only on the purchases of school buses but other annual supplies as well, as a means of creating a cost savings for taxpayers. There will also be a report on construction progress at the new high school. INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) - Gov.-elect Otis R. Bowen told Indiana farmers here today that a continuing series of meetings he is holding with legislative leaders "hopefully will lead... to substantial and lasting relief for the property taxpayer." Bowen, in a noon speech to the Indiana Farm Bureau convention, also said he will make more jobs available. "The work of obtaining substantial and lasting relief for the properly taxpayer remains before us," Bowen said. "To this end, I have begun a continuing series of meetings with Indiana legislative leaders which hopefully will lead to agreement upon a method by which this goal can be ' arm bureau convention, also saiu uc mm "c"- - •••- * ------- .,-..___ 'undertake immediate efforts to deal with obtained in an honest and lasting man- staff shortages and salary disparities which exist within Indiana's correctional institutions." Bowen said this undertaking will be a "first step" in the direction of making "meaningful and substantial inroads on crime and criminality in Indiana." Bowen said he hopes to achieve answers Legislature. ~ 4i*u« ^ m! ,r,,ima m-nhinm nf Criminal "Relief ca ner." About 2,000 persons attended the opening session of the second day of the three-day convention. They also heard the IFB president, George Doup of Columbus, in his annual address list tax restructurung as the top priority task of the 1973 to "the demanding problem of criminal justice" during his four-year administration. "We have at hand scores of willing and talented public agencies, staffed by countless dedicated persons who can—if properly coordinated and directed—make meaningful and substantial inroads on crime and criminality in Indiana," Bowen said. "During the next four years I intend to address my administration to the works of this coordinated effort, from town marshal to federal agency, from trial court to Supreme Court, from arrest to release into productive society," Bowen designated Robert DeBard, a former director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Planning Agency, as his administrative assistant who will have "the responsibility of overseeing the coordination of all of Indiana's responsibility of criminal justice to design an effective, workable and cooperative method of drawing together" all of the available agencies and help to control crime. But to the farmers, the incoming governor's comments on property taxes, although often repeated, had priority interest. "Unless Indiana restructures its overall revenue system to remove a major burden from the back of the property taxpayer, the bill that we will collectively pay promises to more than double statewide within a decade," Bowen said. "Indiana will receive federal revenue sharing funds which must be made available to help in reducing the burden upon the property taxpayer. Current Indiana general fund revenue estimates will somewhat ease the financial situation of state government, but neither of these realities in any way alter the basic facts," Bowen told the farmers. "They do not make the property tax any more equitable a method of supporting the cost of public education, any less a matter of financial life or death to the elderly retired." Bowen said also that his goal includes "substantially less dependence upon the property tax." He suggested that the business inventory tax must be changed to Classified Ads Sell Or There's No Cost For You Has your wife told you to get rid of that' two-year-old lawn furniture? She wants a new set for Christmas! Or maybe junior's car is just sitting around rusting now that he's off to college or the service and you'd like to get it out of the way. You might think these items are hard to sell. But they're not, and it won't cost you a cent if you can't sell them through Pharos- Tribune and Press Guaranteed Want Ads. A new policy of the newspaper's classified department guarantees you sell these items in six days, or you don't have to pay for the ad. It works this way: You place an ad in the paper for six days with 15 words or three lines minimum at a cost of 74 cents a day. If at the end of six days you haven't sold the item, you may call the paper and notify it and you don't pay a cent. Or you may still wish to run the item for another six days. Then, if the item sells, you still pay for only the six day charge. But like most want ads, for sale items move in a hurry. And if yours sells in two or three days, you pay for only the number of times it runs. You may want to run more than three lines or 15 words a day. The minimum cost will be more, but the guarantee is still available. Classified ads get results, and now they're guaranteed results. Call 753-7511 and ask for classified for more .details. • The guaranteed results apply only to private households and do not include real estate or mobile homes. . 'Relief can come from either the state assuming a greater share of the local school costs or by returning to the property taxpayer, by voucher or credit, a per- centaga payment of his last year's tax bill," Doup said. Doup said federal revenue sharing is no substitute for tax restructuring. Crash Victim Remains "Poor" PERU—Mrs. Helen Grismore remains in poor condition at Dukes Memorial Hospital with injuries sustained in the accident that claimed the life of her husband, Alvin Leon Grismore. Mrs. Grismore, 52, of Rt. 1, Bunker Hill, suffered facial lacerations and a concussion in the 10:35 a.m. accident Friday at the intersection of County Roads 500S and 200W. „ . t Judy Forquer, 23, of 231 N. Walnut, Peru driver of the second car, and Helen Watts, 45, of Rt. 1, Peru, her passenger, are listed in fair condition. Mrs. Forquer sustained a fractured clavicle and chest injuries, while Mrs. Watts suffered scalp lacerations and a back injury. Lindsey Child Found Drowned In Eel River PERU-The body of 15-months-old James P. Lindsey was found in Eel River at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. A,J. Cooley and Kenneth Wheetley, both of Rt. 1, Denver, were dragging the river 2% miles west of the Eel River Bridge when the body was discovered in about two feet of water. State police divers and dragging operations had been attempting to locate the body of the child since the 12:05 p.m. accident Friday that claimed the life of his mother, Rebecca A. Lindsey, 22, of Denver. Born Aug. 14, 1971, in Belton, Mo., the child was the son of I^eon and Rebecca Nedlock Lindsey. He is survived by his father and grandparents, including Mr. and Mrs. Willard Undsey of Rt. 2, Peru. There will be a double funeral service for the mother and child at 1:30 p.m. Shattering Experience Patrick J. Henry, 20, of 711 Sunset Dr., escaped injury when his auto skidded out of control on the Delaware Road at 3 a.m. Sunday and crashed through the glass roof of the Kiesling Brothers greenhouse. Henry said he had been westbound when V his auto skidded on the slick pavement. Damage to Henry's 1972 auto was estimated at $300, while damage to the greenhouse was set at $3,500, police said. (Staff Photo by Bob McKee) Tax Details Will Be More Than 600 Die Discussed Wednesday On Weekend The tour-day Thanksgiving holiday period ended at midnight Sunday with more than 600 persons killed in traffic accidents. A final count was expected today. A pre-holiday estimate by the National Safety Council said between 580 and 680 persons would die during the 102-hour period that began at 6 p.m. local time Wednesday. The safety council also estimated that as many as 30,000 persons would receive disabling injuries during the holiday period. A United Press International count at 6 a.m. EST showed at least 619 persons had died in traffic accidents. A breakdown: Traffic 619 Planes 12 Fires 34 Others 75 Total 740 BUwffl be in West Lawn Cemetery, J Friends may call at the funeral home. Alaska. Legislative leaders will meet again Wednesday with Governor-elect Otis Bowen to discuss details of a property tax relief program for Indiana. House Speaker Kermit Burrous of Mexico told the Pharos-Tribune and Press today that the tax restructuring will be based upon the same program that was passed by the House in 1971. That included increases in the sales tax and in both individual and corporate income tax, with controls to keep the property tax lower. There will be some changes in the 1971 version of the tax bill after a computer study of the revenue to be raised, Burrous indicated. It is the present intention of the legislative leadership to introduce only a skeleton version of the tax restructuring program and then let the details be written in the House Ways and Means committee to avoid a protracted battle over it, Burrous indicated. To further guarantee against the bill getting stalled in the Senate, as it has in the past, House leaders hope to obtain from the Senators some indication of the type of tax program they will accept so that the program can be written into the bill, the Speaker said. Burrous reported that he and Majority Leader John Guy of Monticello and other legislative leaders will continue to meet with Governor-elect Bowen every two weeks until the new General Assembly begins its regular session in January. Governor-elect Bowen said "the art of compromise" will be involved in the shaping of the tax restructuring. Senate President Pro Tern Phillip Gutman, who played a major role in stalling property tax relief in the last session is said to be more inclined to approve restructuring this year. Becker Given Assignments State Rep. Nelson Becker, city, has been named to three important House committees by Speaker Kermit Burrous. The new local legislator was chosen to be the ranking member of the Roads committee and a member of the Public Policy and Agriculture committees. Rep. John Guy, Monticello, was named only to the Rules committee. This will leave him free to devote most of his time to the work of majority leader of the House. Rep. Walter Roorda, DeMotte, Rt. 1, who represents part of Pulaski County, including Winamac, will be chairman of the powerful Rules committee and a member of the Agriculture committee. Burrous did not name himself to any committees since the House Speakership takes all of his time. He said he will release committee assignments of all members of the House Tuesday. Local Taxpayers Hard Hit By Soaring Cost Of City's Police And Firemen's Pensions . ™. , . /-..I t." __*_ u;^u An 4-v, n M T *\rtQTic«nr»t'«: TiVanlrfnrt of $85,845. F o r e c a s t The Weather INDIANA — Variable cloudiness and cool this afternoon except a little warmer southern third of state, light snow flurries north and central portions. Snow flurries again tonight except snow accumulations near one inch and possibly higher near Lake Michigan. Cloudy and continued cool Tuesday with chance of light snow. Highs this afternoon 32 to 48. Lows tonight 27 to 33. Highs Tuesday 30 to 40. Sunday's high was 33 at noon. The overnight low was 32 from 6 to 10 p.m. (Editor's Note: This is the first of a four- part series detailing the spiraling costs of providing police and fire pensions, causes behind the increased burden to taxpayers, and the apparent lone solution to resolving the now critical problem.) By Mack Gladding Staff Writer Logansport's 1973 appropriation for firemen's pensions is higher than any third or fourth class city in Indiana and exceeds the amount to be spent by two second class cities. The tax levy that will be required to support the local expenditure of nearly one-quarter million dollars is the fifth highest in the state. The budget providing the same benefits for the city's retired-policemen, and their dependents doesn't fare much better statewide. The appropriation for the police pension fund is the third highest among all third and fourth class cities in Indiana and exceeds the amount budgeted by one second class city. The comparative figures for the 71 cities and towns with firemen's pension funds ,and the 114 communities providing retirement benefits for policemen were compiled by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Logansport's 1973 appropriation for the fire pension fund is $218,134. The total includes $158,437 for the city's 31 retired firemen and four former firefighters who retired as the result of disabilities incurred while active members of the department. The balance of the appropriation will go to 13 dependents of firemen who have died since retirement and to cover seven firemen who will be eligible for retirement next year. Among the 18 fourth class cities in the state providing fire pensions, only five have budgets calling for appropriations in excess of $100,000. The five are Crawfordsville (109,638); Frankfort ($100,905); Huntington ($120,957); Peru, ($115,878); and Vincennes ($117,279). (It should be noted that as a result of a population decline resulting from the 1970 decennial census, Logansport will revert from a third to fourth class city Jan. 1. In the comparative table of fire and police pensions statistics compiled by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Logansport is listed among the state's fourth class cities.) Only two of the six second class cities with fire pension funds have budgets in excess of $100,000. The two are Columbus ($177,729), and LaPorte ($147,191). The two second class cities with appropriations below that of Logansport are Bloomington ($142,405), and New Albany ($172,811). Hobart ($24,607) has the lowest appropriation among all third class cities and Crown Point ($10,085) has the lowest appropriation among all fourth class cities, There are 26 Hoosler fifth class cities providing fire pension programs, the largest is Rushville ($47,982), and the smallest, Plymouth ($2,050). Ninety-seven percent of both the police and fire pension programs must be raised through local property taxes. Police and firemen contribute the remaining three percent from their annual salaries, based on the yearly pay of a first class fireman or patrolman. Logansport's 1973 fire pension tax levy will be 45 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation, and although it is the fifth highest in Indiana, it actually represents a six cent drop from this year. Neighboring Peru levies the state's highest tax for firemen's pension programs, 58.9 cents. Only one other fourth class city has a tax rate higher than transport's, Frankfort, where the levy next year will be 50.9 cents. Logansport's 45 cent levy is higher than any third class city in the state. Next year's rate for each of the six cities in this category is Columbus (17 cents); Hobart (3 cents); Jeffersonville, (15 cents); LaPorte (19,6 cents); New Castle (32 cents), and Valparaiso (5.9 cents). Only Terre Haute (52 cents) has a 1973 levy higher than Logansport's. Three have rates under 40 cents, and six are under 20 cents. The lowest at 15 cents is Michigan City. The lowest levy among fourth class cities is Crown Point, at 2 cents. One fifth class city has a rate higher than Logansport's, Brazil, where next year's levy will be 49 cents. The lowest, 2 cents, is shared by three communities, Clinton, Union City and Warsaw. The city's 1973 appropriation for the police pension fund is $109,971. Among all third and fourth class cities it is topped only by LaPorte ($137,290); and Whiting ($142,380). Only one other third or fourth class city has an appropriation in excess of $100,000, Huntington at $105,025. Among second class cities, Logansport exceeds New Albany, which has a budget of $85,845. No fifth class city has an appropriation in excess of $100,000. The highest in this category is Angola, at $41,693. Logansport's police pension tax levy of 22 cents is the fifth highest among third and fourth class cities and 20th among the 114 communities with police pension programs. Among third class cities, only New Castle (26 cents) has a higher levy. Among fourth class cities, five have a higher levy and a sixth calls for the same amount. The highest among fourth class cities, which is also the highest in the state, is Whiting's 41 cent rate. Four fifth class cities will have a higher rate next year, led by Bicknell's 40 cents. Comparing Logansport's police and fire pension rates with those of all Hoosier communities does not give a true picture- of program costs since the rates are based on the assessed valuation of each city and town. The comparison of actual expenditures does, since the amount of benefits paid each retired or disabled policeman and fireman and or their dependents is mandated by the Indiana General Assembly.