Page Twelve HOPK (ARK.) STAR Thursday, October 17, 19?4 r Amendment 56 would abolish 'fee system' Campus budgets pushed By BILL SIMMONS Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Under proposed Amendment 56, fees collected by officials of the county government would go into the county's general fund for public use. It often doesn't work that way under the existing system. The proposed amendment, one of four to be considered by voters in the general election Nov. 5, also would: / —Abolish the county office salary limit of $5,000 in Article 19, Section 23 of the Constitution. —Give the quorum court, each county's legislative body, authority to set salaries for county officials. —Restrict the size of the quorum court to no fewer than nine members no more than 15. —Give counties a degree of "home rule" by allowing the quorum court to legislate in county affairs not expressly reserved to the General Assembly. —Give counties authority to make contracts for cooperation with any political subdivision for any "public purpose." One of the chief selling points of the backers of Amendment 56 is that it would abolish the "fee system," which is the sys- tem under which fees are charged by county officials for various functions they perform. The collection of the fees would not be abolished, but the way officials can use those fees would be abolished. Under the existing system, the fees collected aren't always available for public use. In many counties, the fees are used by the official to pay salaries and bonuses to the employ- es of the office, including some employes who are relatives of the official. While the Constitution has a section limiting the official's salary to $5,000 per year, it has no section limiting the amount the official can pay to his em- ployes, nor does it limit the number of employes he may choose to have, nor does it forbid him from hiring relatives as employes. Randall Mathis of Arkadelphia, Clark County judge and a member of the committee that drafted proposed Amendment 56, said the proposal would "put a stop to the practice of county officials paying exorbitant year-end bonuses to members of their families in order to use up the excess fees." This, he said, would make those funds available for public use. Women inmates free hostages ARMAGH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Women inmates of Armagh jail who seized the warden and three women guards freed them unharmed early today after holding them for 14 hours. Release of the four hostages came after the jail's Roman Catholic and Protestant chaplains had assured the inmates that male prisoners who rioted in other prisons were safe. The prison officers were captured Wednesday as violence swept four Northern Ireland jails and guerrilla bomb explosions and gunfire erupted in Belfast streets. The outbursts .seemed directed at the British policy of interning suspected terrorists in the sectarian conflict between extremist Protestants and Roman Catholics. Since the fight- ing flared up in 1969, 1,067 persons have been killed. At Armagh, guerrilla gunmen opened fire on British troops waiting outside the prison. No casualties were reported. The 100 women inside were thought to have links with the outlawed Irish Republican Army, which is waging guerrilla warfare to try to force the British out of the mainly Protestant province and unite it with the predominantly Catholic Irish Republic of the South of Ireland. Hugh ^Cunningham, theiAr- ; ., magh warden, and three guards were seized as they inspected the women's cells. The rebellious prisoners forced the hostages into an attic of the grim 200-year-old building and erected a barricade of furniture. Don't Take Chances With Their Health Immunize now against these dangerous childhood diseases POLIO • MEASLES • MUMPS RUBELLA • DIPHTHERIA TETANUS • PERTUSSIS See your doctor or health department for more information the public treasury probably would show no surplus, however, because officials salaries likely would go up as a result of the Amendment 56 provisions. abolishing the salary limit in the Constitution and giving quorum courts salary-setting authority. The quorum courts also would be empowered to determine the number of persons on a county official's payroll and the salaries they would be paid. The county judge would have authority under Amendment 56 to exercise veto power over a quorum court decision, but it, by three-fifths vote, could override a veto. The provisions changing the size of the quorum court would not take effect until LWO years after adoption of the amend- meru. That would allow time for county towards of election commissioners to draw districts from which quorum court members would be elected in 1976. 1976. Quorum courts, now composed of all the justices of the peace in a county, would then be composed of candidates who had won elections from such districts and would be expected to represent the interests of people living in those districts. Amendment 56 supporters say this would make the quorum court more responsive to the wishes of the people. Some quorum courts now number about 400 members, so large a group that it is unwieldy as a legislative body, friends of the proposed amendment contend. The "home rule" provisions of Amendment 56 would give the quorum court authority to legislate only in county affairs, but would allow that authority to be exercised in a broader range of areas than now. The Constitution permits counties now to legislate only in areas expressly granted to them. The Amendment 56 would allow them to legislate except in areas expressly denied to them. However, the same provision would not permit a county to declare any act to be a felony. Eventually, county quorum courts could recommend that certain Bounty offices be abolished. If the people approved .he recommendation in an election, then the structure of the county government could be changed. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Dr. Charles E. Bishop, president of the University of Arkansas, and his chancellors said Wednesday the Legislative Council should go beyond the budgets for the university system that the state Higher Education Board has said should be given top priority during the next biennium. Bishop asked the legislators to provide the entire $29 million for construction at the university campuses that the board had recommended and not merely the $16.5 million that the board had assigned top priority. The board had suggested that the legislature specifically bar the colleges and universities from issuing revenue bonds to supplement the 'construction funds that are approved by the 19751egislature. The institutions are enlarging several construction projects by issuing bonds to supplement state appropriations. Bishop urged the legislators not to follow the board's suggestion. "If passed," he said, "such action would preclude our building projects that may be partially funded or which cost more than the estimates." He also said the university might not be able to start construction on several buildings authorized by the legislature in 1973 and 1974 because buildings costs had outstripped the original estimates. Because of inflation, Bishop said, the time lag between obtaining legislative appropriations for buildings and actual construction "is killing us." Dr, Olin Cook, director of the Higher Education Department, told the council that the state's colleges and universities would need ah additional $78 million during the next two fiscal years.. _ Cook gave the lawmakers an overview of the recommendations from the Higher Education Board. The head of each school is to make his own presentation to the council today and Friday. Cook said the board has recommended $105.7 million for higher education facilities in fiscal 1976 and $121.6 in fiscal 1977. The current budget is $85._1 million. Windmills could produce twice the electricity now obtained from hydroelectric power. 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