lov\a a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 107 — No. 54 Carroll, Iowa, Wednesday, March 17, 1976 — Eighteen Pages Two Sections Delivered by Carrier Each Evening for 60c Per Week Sin|Jle Copy Looks into Reports of Discounts, Free Services ICC Asks Utilities for Assurances on Rates By Harrison Weber lhw« Daily Pnu AiMclitloil DBS MOINES — Seventy-eight utilities have been directed to provide the state commerce commission with written assurances that they are not violating their rate tariffs. •This extraordinary action is being taken by the commission amid reports that some utilities may be offering discounts or free service to special customers. Don Uthus, commerce commission counsel, sent a letter to each of the rate-regulated utilities in Iowa asking for the written assurance that the company has not established rates for Solution to Tax Issue Seen Near DBS MOINES, Iowa (AP) A compromise solution to the property tax bill seemed possible as a House-Senate conference committee was set to meet at mid-morning Wednesday to study the latest plan. "Nobody's in agreement yet," said Sen. Norman Rodgers, D-Adel, chairman of the committee. "Everyone wants to see what it will do in the two years of the plan and go from there." The six Democrats on the 10- man committee huddled privately Tuesday and then asked that the revised plan be put in bill form. The only difference in the proposal from one presented by Senate conferees last week is in property tax breaks for homeowners. Under the proposal set for discussion Wednesday, homeowners would receive an extra credit of $4,500 on their property valuation at tax time this year. The state would pay the tax on that valuation. ' The state school aid formula would stay at the scheduled 20- tnill mandatory local tax with 74 per cent state participation beyond that. In the second year, the tax credit would be removed. Instead, the state school aid participation would rise to 78 or 79 per cent. Other parts of the plan would include: —Double the agriculture land credit to $36 million the first year, then reduce it to $18 million and value farmland at 100 per cent productivity the second year. Farmland is now valued half on productivity Taxes, See Page 2 services which it knows to be in violation of statutory requirements. ' In his letter, Uthus said in recent weeks it has been suggested that some regulated companies may be imposing charges or providing utility service in direct violation of the law which requires utility service be furnished only pursuant to tariff provisions duly filed with the commission. Utilities regulated by the commission cannot grant unreasonable preferences to any select persons or impose unduly or patently discriminatory rates or services, Uthus noted. The commerce commission official emphasized, both in the letter and in an interview, that these reports are "hearsay." However, he said there has been enough in the way or rumor or innuendo that the commission felt compelled to act. "Should any nonconformity exist, it is expected that it will cease forthwith," Uthus stated in his letter. "Should such patent violation be subsequently brought to our attention through investigation or other reliable means, the commission stands ready to prosecute the matter to the full extent permitted by law... "We regret any inference of wrongdoing, but believe that -Staff Photo Irish Stew — Ann O'Leary's "Irish eyes are smiling" as she serves a bowl of Irish stew at her father's annual pre-St. Patrick's Day birthday party. Double Treat for St. Patrick's Day Inside Moscow endures its rebels in silence —Pages. Women's news—Page 4. Editorials—PageS. Deaths, daily record, markets, late news—Page 2. Sports 4 Class AA winners follow patterns, baseball season in danger, city cage meet starts Sunday, Time Out column — Pages 11 and 12. ByMaryLeeHagert On St. Patrick's Day, Wednesday, almost everyone claims to have "a wee bit of Irish." During this holiday, leprechauns are said to be lurking behind trees and in stumps. Green beer is served in bars and Irish or mulligan stew is a favorite dish. Kelly green is the traditional color of St. Patrick's Day. Many persons thumb through their wardrobes to find "something green" to wear on the Irish saint's feast day. For the David O'Leary family, of 1317 N. Clark St., there is no need to pretend being Irish, "We are almost 100 per cent Irish," Dave O'Leary says. He has a double treat for St. Pat's Day because he is Irish and his birthday is the day after the saint's feast day on March 18. He celebrates his "Irish" birthday in a big way. For the past 10 years he has had a "mulligan stew birthday party" for his friends and business associates. About 300 persons attend the annual party held the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day at the Red Carpet Lounge. Green beer and piping hot Irish stew "made from a secret recipe" is served, O'Leary said. All but one of the O'Leary's nine children helped with the party this year. "We start on Friday afternoon getting the stew started," he said. The meat is the main item that must begin cooking the night before, he said. Irish Fun, See Page 2 Area Forecast Fairand warmer Wednesday night and Thursday. Lows Wednesday night mid 30s. Highs Thursday lower 60s. this step is preferable to the sort of assumption of guilt which can result from continuing gossip," Uthus stated. Apparently^ hassle between the Des Moines city council and Iowa Power over a new rate filing by the utility precipitated the commission's action. Des Moines has been charging Iowa Power a franchise tax of 2 per cent on electricity and 1 per cent on gas for the privilege of serving Des Moines. Iowa Power, in turn, has been spreading the franchise tax over its entire service area. Last year the tax amounted to over $800,000. Commerce commission Demos to Push Code Bill Action DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Democratic leaders of the Iowa'House have vowed to complete action on a massive criminal code revision bill which they charge Atty. Gen. Richard Turner is trying to kill. The House turned its attention Wednesday to sections dealing with trespassing and property damage, injury to animals, offenses against government and obstructing justice. Rep. Norman Jesse, D-Des Moines, floor manager of the 427-page told the House Tuesday that Turner is responsible for more than 200 of the 300 amendments on the bill. He said most of them are "nit-picking" proposals filed for Turner by Reps. Robert Kreamer, R-Des Moines and Terry Branstad, R-Lake Mills, which are insignificant but consume a lot of time. Turner has strongly opposed the bill since the Senate took it up and passed it last year. Jesse charged the Republican attorney general hopes that House leaders will halt the debate and let the bill die because the "filibuster by amendment" is taking too much time. But that's not going to happen, vowed Democratic Floor Leader Jerome Fitzgerald of Fort Dodge and Asst. Democratic leader Don Avenson of Oelwein. Fitzgerald said he started with a ''personal commitment" to stay with the debate until the bill comes to a Code, See Page 2 officials have advised utilities that this tax should be applied to the area directly served. In this instance, to just the residents of Des Moines. - On the other hand, city officials in Des Moines argue that the franchise tax is laid out under terms of the franchise granted by Des Moines to Iowa Power and it would be wrong to change the formula at this point. The matter is before the" commerce commission. Meanwhile, the questions being raised in Des Moines have prompted utility officials elsewhere to re-examine their operations, particularly in regard to providing service to municipalities. Should free telephone service be provided to city hall? What about those Christmas decorations around the square? Should the utility provide free electricity for them? The question may go much deeper than this. It may involve special electrical rates for industry or commercial interests. Utilities may counter that some of these concessions were made under their franchise agreements which were signed before 1963, that's when the commerce commission assumed its rate making authority. Investor-owned utilities, that includes electrical, gas, some telephone and water, have been under the commission's jurisdiction since the beginning of the act. The commission also has rate jurisdiction over the portion of territory inside a city that is served by a rural electric cooperative. Twenty-five of them are subject to control by the commission. But the commission has no rate making jurisdiction over the 144 municipal utilities in the state nor a host of private telephone companies. With utility rales increasing so rapidly in the past few years, Commerce Commission Chairman KHS Garb Arrives - —Staff Photo Sweaters for Kuemper High School basketball players and suit jackets for the coaches and athletic directors arrived Tuesday. Admiring the attire are, from left: Ken Burkett, Kevin Tessmer, Kuemper basketball player; Wayne Chandlee, Kuemper coach, and M.J. (Mike) Arts. Burkett and Arts represent trie-Chamber of Commerce. The sweaters and jackets are bright red with a gold K . emblem on the right side. Funds for the sweaters and jackets for the state qualifying team were raised by the Chamber of Commerce through private donations, Arts said. Report Opposes Closing of Institution at Mount Pleasant Land Sold for $1,790 an Acre An 80-acre tract of Carroll County land in the Joseph M. Wiederhold estate was sold at public auction Tuesday afternoon to Herbert Pudenz, Inc., for $1,790 per acre. The unimproved land is located four miles north of Carroll on U.S. Highway 71. A good crowd attended the sale, held on the premises. Auctioneers were Cliff McCarville, John Scharfenkamp and Gary Rupiper. Leona Bielmaier is executor of the estate. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa could need additional mental health care facilities within five years if the Mount Pleasant institute is closed, said a state report issued Wednesday. "If the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute is closed, the remaining three mental health institutes will be unable to handle the current population of daily residents without substantial changes in facilities, treatment, or both," the report said. "It could mean a cutting of services in order to handle the increase of clients." The study of Iowa's mental health needs through 1990 was released by the Social Services Department in an attempt to sway the legislature from converting the Mount Pleasant facility into a medium-security prison. It said the increasing state population will bring a corresponding increase in people with mental health problems. The report follows another by the same department two weeks ago on Iowa's prison population. That report said both the Anamosa reformatory and Fort Madison penitentiary are overcrowded. It said the Mount Pleasant facilities could handle excess prisoners only if "the theoretical physical capacity of the facilities is stretched to their limit." "The housing of prisoners is one issue." Wednesday's report said. "How the residential mental health needs of southeast lowans will be served is another." Maurice VanNostrand feels it is imperative that everything be done within the commission's power to keep rates low and equitable. He concedes that during the 12 years that the commission has had its rate making authority it has never spot-checked the utilities for things such as special discounts. "We haven't had the manpower, so we have relied upon the tariffs filed by the utilities," Van Nostrand explained. "But," he added, "heaven help a utility who files a statement saying everything is okay and we discover later that it is not." Education Package is Approved DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A $238 million education funding package was approved Tuesday for Senate debate afteY the Appropriations Committee voted to require an audit of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. "We are appropriating one- fifth of their budget — this is one way of getting a handle on it," said Sen. Lucas DeKoster, R-Hull. The audit by legislators and independent osteopaths would replace a previous proposal by DeKoster that the salary of the president of the Des Moines-based school be no more than that paid the dean of the Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City. J. Leonard Azneer, osteopathic college president, is paid $65,000 annually. The legislature appropriates $1.2 million to the private college which, in turn, guarantees a minimum number of slots for Iowa students. "We've had inklings of problems at that school," DeKoster said. "I don't know what the problems are, but I have heard some pretty high salaries out there." DeKoster said the American Federation of Teachers, which represents the school's faculty, has made several charges about irregularities at the college. Those charges include that the administrator controls admissions, students who have flunked courses have been^ passed by the administration* and that many faculty members are being improperly Education, See Page 2 Irish Leader Urges U.S. Gifts Stopped Ford, CHICAGO (AP) President Ford and Jimmy Carter emerged from Illinois with victory today, as winners and losers alike turned to North Carolina, next week's stop on the trail of the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations. Ford fashioned a runaway victory over Ronald Reagan, his fifth win in as many primary outings over the conservative GOP challenger. ! . Carter, firmly established as the Democratic front-runner, got ah added bonus in a surprising, haul of delegates from Tuesday's primary. The former Georgia Mayor Daley's Candidate Also Wins Carter Win in Illinois Primary governor trounced George C. Wallace, Sargent Shriver and Fred Harris and Shriver suspended active campaigning. Neither Sen. Henry M. Jack' son of Washington, who defeated Carter in Massachusetts, nor U.S. Rep. Morris K. Udall was on the Illinois ballot. . Democratic National Chairman Robert Strauss said Carter's victory in the Northern, industrial state showed "that a Southerner can be viewed as a national candidate." There was another winner: Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, trying to restore his politi- cal clout in the race closest to home. Daley's candidate for governor, Secretary of State Michael J. Hewlett, won the Democratic nomination over incumbent Daniel Walker, longtime Daley foe. With 93 per cent of the vote in the preferential primary or "beauty contest" counted, Ford had 436,171 or 59 per cent of the vote to 295,188 or 40 per cent for Reagan. Perennial Illinois candidate Lars Daly got the other 1 per cent of the vote. Among Democrats, with 95 per cent of the vote counted, the tally was: Carter 592,813—48 per cent Wallace 339,564 — 28 per cent Shriver 197,394 — 16 per cent Harris 92,774—8 per cent The race measures popularity, but nets the winner no delegates. The big surprise, in separate voting for delegates, was the block of 60 that Carter was winning with 64 per cent of the vote counted. His supporters had said that getting just 25 would be a "massive achievement." Daley was winning 87 committed to Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson II while Wallace had three delegates. Among the Republicans, with 66 per cent of the votes counted, Ford had 64 delegates, Reagan 14 and 14 were uncommitted. Reagan, in California as the votes came in, said he had achieved his goal and again stressed that his strength lies in Western and Southern states still to be counted. He prepared for a campaign trip to North Carolina today. Wallace, said he was "glad to be second in Illinois." The Alabama governor, paralyzed from the waist down because of an assassination attempt in 1972, said the question of his health was hurting him, although he repeated that he's in fine shape. 'I shall continue my campaign," Wallace said in "an interview on the NBC "Today" show. "Polls show me leading in states like Wisconsin... I expect to win the first one (primary) in North Carolina." Carter said Illinois was "extremely important ... This is the biggest percentage margin that I've had yet." Strauss, also in an interview on the "Today" show, said Carter was definitely the front-runner. "Now we have to wait for Wisconsin (April 6) Primary, See Page 2 WASHINGTON (AP) Irish Prime Minister Liam Cosgrave, the first Irish head of state to make an official visit to the United States on St. Patrick's Day, will pin a shamrock on President Ford and address a joint session of Congress. Aides to Cosgrave in Dublin and a White House source also said he will use his first U.S. visit since taking office in February 1973 to urge Americans not to contribute to Northern Ireland relief. Such money often goes to buy arms or explosives, Irish officials maintain. The Prime Minister is a bitter opponent of the Irish Republican Army, which lists among its eventual goals the toppling of the government in Dublin along with an end to British rule in the six counties of Northern Ireland. Cosgrave will meet privately with Ford for about an hour today, when the President is expected to hear an appeal for a crackdown on IRA fund raisers and gun runners in the United States. A White House source said Ford plans no public response to the appeal, a reflection of the officially neutral U.S. posi- tion toward the fighting between the Protestant majority and Catholic minority in Northern Ireland. When he addresses a joint session of the Congress later today, Cosgrave is expected to say that Americans who give to the IRA, intentionally or not, are partially responsible for the bloodshed in Northern Ireland. After leaving Washington, Cosgrave is scheduled to appear before Irish-American and other groups. Leprechauns Busy in City DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — There was visible evidence of St. Patrick's Day Wednesday in one section of Davenport. Sidewalks, doors of some buildings and traffic signal posts were painted green during the night in the area around two taverns. Bright green stripes adorned streets with green arrows directing the way to the taverns. Police also found several Irish flags in the area.
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