Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 107 — No. 49 Carroll, Iowa, Wednesday, March 10, 1976 — Twenty Pages Two Sections Delivered by Carrier Each Evening for 60c Per Week Copy Public Hearing Set for March 22 County Budget Estimate Up Over $1 Million By Don Davis A. public hearing on Carroll County's estimated $4,863,890 budget is scheduled for March 22 at 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors' room in the court house. The budget, for the year beginning next July 1, represents an increase of more than $1 million compared with this year's $3,fl25,049 estimated budget. The largest single proposed spending category is 'the secondary road fund, $1,906,000. That fund is up from the $1,486,000 estimated to be spent this year. In order to finance the proposed budget, an owner of a $20,000 home outside a city would pay $120.75 a year in county Hospital is Accredited Two Years St. Anthony Regional Hospital has been accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, according to Robert Blincow, administrator. This accreditation is for a two year period, the maximum a hospital can receive. This is a result of an on-sight survey made by field representatives of the Joint Commission's hospital accreditation program. Accreditation indicates that the Carroll facility has chosen to operate according to standards set by the JCAH and that the faciilty has, in the • main, met these standards. The standards published as the accreditation manual for hospitals, set forth optimal, achievable goals for . excellency against which a facility can measure itself and be measured by the Joint Commission Survey. St. Anthony Regional Hospital js one of approximately 4,800 general hospitals throughout the United States that have earned this recognition. There are approximately 7,150 hospitals in the United States. The Joint Comission's Accreditation Surveys are voluntary. It is not legally necessary for a hospital to be accredited, Blincow said, but health care facilities have sought accreditation because it represents a bench mark of quality that is higher than governmental licensure alone. "The chief aim of the hospital and accreditation program, one of four such programs under the JCAH umbrella," Blincow added, "is to help hospitals in their pursuit of excellence and thereby provide a higher Hospital, See Page 2 Fire Damages Lanes and Cafe STRAWBERRY POINT, Iowa (AP) — Fire caused an extimated $50,000 damage to the Berry Bowl bowling alley and cafe here Tuesday, officials said. The blaze started in the furnace area about 5 a.m., authorities said. The cause was unknown and under investigation. property taxes. A home owner in a city would pay $65.46 to the county. Property taxes in the county will be $6.03739 per $1,000 valuation and $3.27283 in cities, as shown by the proposed budget. Last year when the millage rate is converted to dollars-per-thousands, rural taxpayers were charged $7.58808 per $1,000 dollars of valuation. City home owners paid $4.222901 per $1,000 this year. Putting this in millage language, rural property owners were levied 28.104 mills this year and will be levied 22.360 next year. City property owners were levied 15,663 this year and will be levied 12.121 next year, if the budget is approved. x However, in spite of the lower taxation rate, taxpayers could shell out more in property taxes next year because the county assessor raised valuations in 1974 and the state jacked them up again recently. The state raised all county agricultural valuations 21 per cent and city home valuations 15 per cent. General expenditures will fall from an estimated $813,355 during this fiscal year to a proposed $808,151 next year. Although most categories in the general fund will take more money next year, about $95,000 in revenue-sharing funds used to remodel the Carroll County Care Facility was spent this year in the permanent improvement area. But just $5,000 is listed in the proposed budget for the year beginning next July 1. That $90,000 cutback is the major factor in the lower general fund. The third largest spending category, behind secondary roads and the general fund, is the farm-to-market road fund. That fund will more than double if the proposed budget is approved March 22, going from about $300,000 this year to $642,000 next year. Other large spending categories are mental health and institutions, $590,760; poor fund, $241,025; court expenses (which includes expenses from the clerk of court's office and other expenses), $173,000, and conservation, $107,380. No other major funds top the $100,000 mark. However, two parts of the general fund will cost more than $100,000. The sheriff's office budget proposal is $156,895, up from $144,490 this year. The other large general fund category is for the county ambulance service, $126,888. This year an estimated $107,900 is going to the service. Here are the proposed budgets pf county officers, including salaries and cost of running the office: Attorney $32,733 ($26,658 is estimated to be spent this year), auditor $58,725 ($59,525), medical examiner $2,100 ($2,750), recorder $29,360 ($27,875), supervisors $53.650 ($48,450), township officers $1.110 ($550 — the new figure is set by the state) and treasurer $85.125 ($76,650). Repair and maintenance of county property is estimated as $39,900 next year, compared with $38.625 this year. Social welfare is slated to receive $20,750 next year. It now gets about $12,850. Cost of printing legal notices in county newspapers is estimated to be $18,000 next year, compared with $17,500 this year. The bonds to pay construction costs of the court house are rapidly being paid, County Auditor William C. Arts Jr. said. The court house will be paid for in six years, he said. Next year the proposed budget lists $54,654 to be used to pay on bonds. The budget proposal states that $2,038,152 of the nearly $5 million the county will spend will come from taxation of local property. The remaining $3,352,787 will come from the balance on hand and other receipts, such as revenue sharing, state and federal government aid and fees collected by the county. No category listed in the budget is paid for exclusively by local property taxes. Some programs are completely state-funded, such as the $642,000 farm-to-market road budget. Copies of the budget are on file in the auditor's office. Invitations to Hear Hamilton — -Staff Photo The Friends of the Carroll Public Library prepare 250 letters announcing an April 26 dinner with Carl Hamilton as guest .speaker. From left: Mrs. Richard Grear, Mrs. Thomas Dolezal and Mrs. William Goodwin address and stuff the envelopes. The public dinner will be at 7 p.m. at the Carroll Elks Lodge. Hamilton is a former Carroll County resident and the author of "In No Time At All," an account of life of settlers of the county. The letters also remind members and prospective members that the organization's 1976 membership fees are due. Block Grants Not Available to Cities and Counties in Area By Myron Williams Cities and counties in the Carroll area which have applied for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development block grants will not receive them this year, according to E. Paul Stecklein, executive director of Region 12 Council of Governments (COG). Region 12 is comprised of Carroll, Greene, Audubon, Sac, Crawford and Guthrie Counties. COG helped 18 cities and three counties make pre-applications to HUD for grants, but none was asked to file full applications, Stecklein said. This means none of the projects will be considered for grants, he added. HUD uses 1970 census information to determine whether cities qualify for grants, the director stated. It doesn't matter to HUD if a community presently can meet the requirements, if it didn't show a need in 1970, it can't get funds for present and future needs, he explained. The projects are not going to be funded because the projects "didn't go along with what HUD wanted to see the money spent for," Stecklein added. Area projects which will not receive grants are a Breda storm sewer-water main extension and street improvement, Carroll County sewer extension for New Hope Village, Dedham curbs and gutters street improvement, Audubon County community building, Lidderdale street improvements, Manning urban renewal, Lake View sewer project, Scranton water distribution system expansion and Wall Lake recreational facilities project. Region 3 and Region 8 also won't receive HUD grants, Stecklein said. Region 3 is north of Region 12 and Region 8 is in eastern Iowa. Many of the projects are essential to the cities, so they will have to borrow the money or go through a bonding agency, he said, if they want to go ahead. This will be "placing an unreal financial burden on these cities," he added. "It is a fact of life that with the present selection criteria, we may never be able to qualify for these funds," Stecklein stated. The federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 was set up to fund non-metropolitan cities under 50,000 population and $5.4 million was for Iowa this year, the director said. "Most of this money is going to the cities where the votes are," Stecklein added. "There is no way rural communities can compete with cities for these funds," he continued. " It's a pity that the American farmer who supports 33 persons in his country can't get money to fund his cities," Stecklein said. Stecklein sees one way in which rural communities could get funding. This is for the federal government to fund the Rural Development Act of 1972 which was passed but never has been funded. The Rural Development Act Funds, See Page 2 Death Penalty is Rejected DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After deciding against restoring the death penalty, the Iowa House turned its attention Wednesday to definitions of terms in a proposed thorough revision of state criminal laws. An amendment proposed by Rep. Willis Junker, R-Sioux City, to broaden the definition of a brothel seemed likely to spark the most fireworks in the second day of work on the massive 427-page bill which passed the Senate last year. It wasn't likely, however, to reach the emotional intensity of a four-hour battle on Tuesday over the death penalty. In a series of votes, the House turned thumbs down on bringing back the death penalty — repealed in Iowa in 1965 — for various crimes; as proposed by Junker and Rep. Robert Kreamer, R-Des Moines. The closest vote was on Kreamer's proposal to reinstitute the death penalty in killings for hire. It failed on a 49-49 tie vote. Junker said his purpose was to "provide a horrible prospect for a person who takes a human life" as a deterrent to such crimes. "We need capital punishment," declared Rep. Kenneth Miller, D-Independence. "I'm not saying it's right to hang people. I'm only saying that with the growth in violent crime, there's not much left for us to do." But Rep. Norman Jesse, D- Des Moines, floor manager of the bill, said it would be "a cold day in hell" before he voted for capital punishment. "Some people take the law into their own hands and eliminate people they don't like," Jesse said. "Others try to round up 51 votes in this as- Legislature, See Page 2 Area Forecast Mostly cloudy through Thursday. Lows Wednesday night around 30. Chance of some light rain or snow Thursday, highs near 40. Chances of precipitation 30 per cent Thursday. Demos Call for Huge Spending Program WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats on the congressional Joint Economic Committee said today that President Ford's proposed $394-billion budget is so stingy it will point the nation into another recession while, doing little to curb inflation or create needed jobs. In the committee's annual report, the Democrats called for sharp spending increases, the creation of one million emergency jobs and a voluntary program to limit wage and price increases. They said adoption of,their recommendations will result jn a total budget outlay in fiscal 1977 of between $412 billion and $418 billion, some $16. billion to $24 billion more than the President proposed. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The majority report, which was opposed generally by the committee's Republicans, also' said increased spending will not add to the federal budget deficit because the spending will trigger increased tax revenues and cut spending for unemployment insurance, food stamps and other support programs. / The 378-page report bears the stamp of Committee Chairman Hubert H. Humphrey, D-Minn., who said administration proposals will weaken recovery and perhaps interrupt it altogether. The report constitutes a major Democratic attack on Ford administration economic policies in an election year when the economy will be a major issue. The committee's Republicans, led by Rep. Clarence J. Brown, RrOhio, said the Ford administration's optimism about the economy will be justified if Congress can be prevented from enacting the majority's recommendations. However, the GOP minority report itself said that, "Optimism about the solid recovery which is now underway must be tempered somewhat by the concern for the lingering unemployment of Americans who have been affected by the recent recession." The report said the President's estimated budget deficit of some $43 billion actually will be nearly $60 billion because of administration over-optimism which the report said "cannot be taken seriously." Meanwhile, there were these economic developments: —The president of the National Association of Home Builders said Tuesday the government must reduce its role in the housing markets if the industry is to provide people with reasonably priced housing. John C. Hart, an Indianapolis builder, said builders are becoming disenchanted with the rental subsidy program because it is not producing any new housing units. —A new survey of business spending plans for this year shows little change from earlier estimates, indicating a .modest contribution to the economic recovery from that sector. —The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill raising the limit of the national debt and requiring that a minimum interest be paid on U.S. savings bonds held for at least two months. The measure, which already has won House* approval, would require that at least 4 per cent interest be paid on Series E bonds that are held at least two months before redemption. Under present rules, no interest is earned until a bond is held for at least six months. Federal Aid on Insulation is Approved WASHINGTON (AP) Low-income families could receive federal funds and even free labor to insulate their homes under bills passed by the House and Senate. A conference committee is expected to be named to iron out differences between the Senate bill passed Tuesday and the House version of the measure, which was approved last year. Both bills would provide $55 million annually for three years for the home insulation program, billed as an energy conservation effort. The House bill would have the Federal Energy Administration administer the program. The Senate bill would channel the money to local community action agencies. Local programs would 'recruit volunteers to install the insulation, at a cost to the government of from $250 to $350 per home. Backers of the proposal said homeowners could save about 25 per cent on their home heating bills as a result. They said as many as 900,000 residences would be eligible. To qualify under the Senate bill, a family or individual could earn no more than half of the average income of the region in which they live. The Senate version also would impose government sanctions on states and communities that do not comply with new energy conservation standards for buildings and homes. The Department of Housing and Urban Development would develop the standards over a three-year period. The House bill contains no such provision, and some lawmakers feel this section will Insulation, See Page 2 Ford, Carter Win in Florida MIAMI (AP) —President Ford and Jimmy Carter enjoyed the fruits of Florida primary victories while turning ahead to what they and the other candidates for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations agree is another key test: Illinois. Ford ran his early primary record to four-for-four over challenger Ronald Reagan while Carter swept past Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace in their first head-to-head election test in the South. Ford got 53 per cent of the vote to Reagan's 47 per cent. Among Democrats, Carter got 34 per cent, Wallace 31 per cent and Sen. Henry M. Jackson 24 per cent. The rest of the Democratic votes were split. Jackson, who outpolled Carter a week ago to win in Massachusetts, said today that he was happy with third-place in Tuesday's Florida primary. 'I never claimed we were going to carry here," the Washington senator said in an interview on NBC's "Today" show. Asked if the Florida results represented a setback, Jackson said, "Absolutely not," but he said they did increase the competition between him and Carter. "I think it puts us toe to toe," he said. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota, who has said he is not a candidate but would accept the nomination if a deadlocked convention offered it to him, said in a "Today" show interview from Washington: "This is a horse race now." He added'that major tests lie ahead. "The industrial states are not yet on the line and they are the states where the big blocs of delegates are to be found..." Carter, heading for Chicago today, said his primary victory was ''a good springboard for us to go on next week to the large industrial State of Illinois." The former Georgia governor said his victory was a defeat for Wallace, who won the 1972 Florida primary with 42 per cent of the vote, but said Wallace isn't out of the race yet. The Alabama governor, who was in Illinois seeking votes, said the defeat wasn't "the best thing in the world" for his campaign, but added: "I'm still in the race for the presidency." He said Florida was "cosmopolitan ... not exactly a so-called Southern state." Reagan, also in Illinois, said he was pleased. "They were the ones who kept saying it was make or break for me," he said, referring to predictions by Ford campaign workers that a Reagan loss in Florida would knock the former California governor out of the race. Inside ICC chief takes strong stand against building any more nuclear power plants — Page 18. Rail bypass plan tested — Page 6. Women's news — Page 4. Editorials —Page3. Deaths, daily record, late news, markets — Page 2. Sports Olberding sisters spark LV-A rally, 44-41; C.R. Washington looks strong, looms as tourney favorite; court rules against baseball executives — Pages 13,14 and 15. Mail Seal Letters — -Staff Photo About 7,540 Easter Seal campaign letters for Carroll County were mailed Tuesday. From the left: Estherline Blum, sorority president, and Gayle Schleisman. member, present the letters to Eugene Wiederin, post office window clerk. The Xi Gamma Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi service sorority has charge of the countywide campaign. Last year campaign money provided 66 children and adults in the county with Easter Seal equipment. Six county persons attended the Easter Seal's Camp Sunnyside near Des Moines last summer, Campaign Chairman Mrs. Mike Maystadt Jr., said.
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