Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on July 6, 1967 · Page 8
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Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, July 6, 1967
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Here's list of new taxed items This seems so unnecessary THURSDAY, JULY e, 1M9 Hughes tax boost "Open decisions openly arrived at" — so said the governor and his party at the opening of the session. About the only thing "open" was the opening. The tax bill last week was written in secret meetings in the governor's office. His floor leader in the s'enate said in response to a question that the governor would veto the bill if any changes were made. Senate votes on amendments were by voice or standing up to be counted instead of roll calls. Unless you were there you can't find out how your senator voted. It amounted to secrecy as far as the taxpayer is concerned. The legislature was bluntly told to take the bill, pass it, shut up, and go home. One legislator told this writer he was committed for the bill — committed incidently in a secret closed caucus. He said s ;rre things should be changed, but at the last day or the session (it wasn't incidently) he had to Lake it<and lump it. T^CLEGISLATORS acted like a bunch of she*tJ*With the round-up dog yapping at their Heels! Time was if a threat was made by the governor to veto a proposal the legislature would promptly see to it he had a chance. The fbill was written finally, it wa,s said, test Wednesday night. It was taken up at noon Thursday in the senate. Only those who' Wrote it knew whst was in it. The printed copy did not reach the legislators until'debate had started — debate on something they couldn't even read at that time..' And the senate was kept in session Thursday to pass it through the supper hour. One leader bluntly said it was necessary to pass it before the people back home had a chance to see what it did to them — for once the provisions were known there would be an uproar. THE CRACK-DOWN SCENE was repeated in the house of representatives Friday. The bill came over from the senate at noon Friday (after it had been called back by a big fat goof that had to be cor- retced) and the house had to take it with the same pressure as in the senate. No one was sure what was in it. There were some rather plaintive remarks by members who said they wished they knew what it did but they presumed they would have to vote for it to get out of the rat race and get home. IT WAS THE 173rd day of the session. For half of the year the legislature had been laboring. It was known some kind of a tax bill would have to be passed. But the leadership, under the governor, dillied and dallied until the last moment in order to club the legislators into accepting what they gave them instead of deliberating. This Ls not legislating. Thte is "Big Brotherism." T This is not what the people elected the legislators to do. This is preventing people the right to protest passing an unfair tax. This is the governor's bill, It is not a bill by the legislature. As people begin to pay on at least 88 new taxes — at a 50 per cent boost — it should be well to remember that. And also to remember at the beginning of the session the governor said it was possible to get along without any new taxes. Following are the new items which will be taxed at three percent as listed in the tax bill passed last week by the legislature. "The following enumerated services shall be subject to the tax herein imposed on gross taxable services: alteration and garment repair; armored car; automobile repair; battery, tire and allied; bank service charges." "Barber and beauty; boat repair; car wash and wax; carpentry; roof, shingle, and glass repair; dance schools and dance studios; dry cleaning, pressing, dyeing, and laundering; electrical repair and installation; engraving, photography, and retouching." "Equipment rental except that which was contracted for prior to June 15, 1967, but in no case beyond June 15, 1969; excavating and grading; farm implement repair of all kinds; flying service} furniture, rug, upholstery re< pair and cleaning; fur storage and repair; golf and country clubs and all com* mercial recreation; house and building moving; household appliance, television, find radio repair." "Jewelry and watch repair; machine operator; machine repair of all kinds; meat, fish and fowl processing; motor repair; motorcycle, scooter, and bicycle repair. Newspaper, directories, billboards, shopper's guides and newspapers whether or not circulated free or without charge to the public, magazine, radio, movie, and television advertising, to include such advertisement and service rendered, furnished, or performed by the state of Iowa, its boards and commissions or any installation thereof; outdoor and point- of- situation seems muddled by statements Property tax relief? Anyone who really expects some major long-run "property tax relief" as the result Of legislation by this year's legislature is apt to be quite disappointed when the facts come to light. The major tax eater is the schools. Under the proposals in the so-called relief bill there are'some provisions which may for the present mean a slight temporary relief, but-in the long run property taxes will continue to climb. This was true in the past when more and more school aids were handed out. What happened is the school budgets were upped to -take care of spending the new money and the property tax was not cut or if it were only a token cut was given. THE THEORY is the people wouldn't complain if the tax did not go up. Under the proposal for school aid the low income and low property value districts will be given more from the state than the districts which have a higher income and high property valuation, The low areas will benefit at the expense of the high income areas. It's the Robin Hood approach. SOMETHING NEW is the county unit system. The county auditor adds up th? proposed school general fund expenditure-; for the coming year. He then levies a uniform county-wide mill levy on property to raise 40 per cent of that amount. Then 40 per cent of what tlin ounty's people pay in personal income taxes will be returned to the county to go into the "basic school tax equalization funds." These two will be combined and will be distributed to the school districts on the basis of each district's average daily attendance. If these do not equal the district's'bud- get then the district may (remember it is "may") qualify for equalization aid from the state. Property value in equalization will be rated at 70 per cent and income at 30 per cent, in determining qualification for equalization aid. AND HERE COMES the sticker. If all this is not sufficient to pay the district's budget then the district can levy an additional property tax in its own district! The bill does set up a state board composed of the superintendent of public instruction, the state comptroller, and three citizens named by the governor to review this last levy if the budget is more than the per cent allowable according to growth of the state. What this may mean is questionable. The superintendent is hardly an unbiased person in school matters. The comptroller and the three citizens are appointees of the governor who probably will follow his views at the moment. It would be well for lowans to discount any claims for much property tax relief through anticipating lower millage rates in the future years. At the rate school (Pat Gallagher in Belmond Independent) A more muddled mess than that which has developed over the operation of part- time ambulance services hasn't been stirred up in quite a time. Operators of these services — those that .comprise a minor adjunct to an undertaking business, most particularly — have been very much in a tizzy; and the public has had very little on which to base judgment as to whether their worries are justified or not. Because much pressure has been applied in Wright county, as well as in many others, to induce the county or some other public agency to take responsibility for supplying ambulance service The Independent endeavored to find out exactly how much cause for concern the typical small- town ambulance service actually has. It seemed logical to confer with the Wage and Hours and Public Contracts Division of the U. S. Department of Labor — which we did. Our contact was John Milice, an investigator with the state office at Des Mpines. When we told him the purpose of our phone call — to ascertain what, if any, risk of penalties operators of part-time ambulance services are exposed to by the existing wage and hours provisions — his first response was a chuckle accompanied by the observation, "These ambulance services are not especially profitable, and it would appear that the main motive behind the hubbub is to get the operators out of the business." This, we had been inclined to suspect; & it gave us some spread among the few users of the service without charges being exhorbitant. Raising fees might ease the situation, but it would be impractical — certainly so from a public relations standpoint — to increase them enough to make the service pay. Traditionally, funeral homes have had ambulance operation as an adjunct of their business as a matter of developing good will among pro- pective clients. Also, answering accident calls can occasionally lead to an undertaking fee in the event of the death of some person far from home. But the ambulance operators clearly have decided that the benefits to be derived from the accommodation they provide don't come close enough to compensating for the expense involved. Frankly, our sympathy goes to the ambulance operators who find that what was once an easily tolerable pussy cat of service has turned into a tiger that they frustratingly have by the tail. Where deadlines for abandonment of ambulance service are set and adamantly adhered to, SOMEBODY is going to have to step into 'the breach — for this CAN be a life-and-death necessity. And since is is not a clear-cut responsibility of a county government, city government, fire department, public hospital or any other agency to fill the gap, we are selfishly, perhaps, gratified that there is no threat on the part of our local ambulance services to pressure OUR community into finding an immediate answer to the dilemma. It is not fair to condemn purchase advertising; oilers and lubricators; office and business machine repair." "Painting, papering, and interior decorating; parking lots; pipe fitting and plumb' ing; wood preparation; private employment agencies; printing and binding; promotion and direct mall; sewing and stitching; sign painting." "Shoe pepair and shoeshine; storage warehouse and storage locker; telephone answering service; test laboratories; termite bug, roach, and pest eradicators; tin and sheet metal repair." "Turkish baths, massage, and reducing salons; vulcanizing, recapping, and retread- ing; warehouses; weighing; welding; well drilling; wrapping, packing, and packaging of merchandise; wrecking service; wrecker and towing; buildings and structures erected for the improvement of realty." Pat Nugent goofs (Bill Maurer in Laurent Sun) Poor Pat Nugent. He looks like a nice kid (cuts his hair) but boy did he goof. He may loose his job as Uncle Lyndy's favorite son-in-law if he doesn't watch his mouth. In fact, if he ain't careful the only place he'll be able to find a handout is at the GOP center for worn out Republicans, and that place is getting so crowded with old folks there might not be anything left. It was innocent enough, but it was a big goof that everyone in the world who had his head out of the bomb shelter could hear. T'was like a shot (in the arm for the fading second party) heard 'round the world. Poor Pat said Elbeejay's grandson was "an elephant." That's right—toe likened his very own offspring to a Republican. He could have said the kid was a donkey, and then there would have been no doubt that he'd be just like grandpa, but he clearly said elephant, and that meant trouble, right off. But grandpa rose to the occasion. He gave the kid. the State of Texas as a present. Might have been a little extravagant for ah infant, but grandpa's first-born grandson must have room to grow up. But the bullflinger thinks Uncle Elbeejay made another mistake. If he wanted that kid to be happy, he would have given him Iowa. Texas, next to California, has to be about the most unwanted gift a kid could get. (W. C. Jarnagin in Stern Lake Pilot-Trlbone) We note witn interest — and a nod to our squandered tax dollar — that an $850,000 federal grant has been awarded in Iowa to "upgrade the calibre of vocal music in the state." The grant will provide for hiring a fulltime director for a 24-member professional chorus recruited from all over the nation, employ a pianist as an accompanist, set up a full time office with a business manager and secretarial help. This setup comes by virtue of Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act passed by Congress. The grant passes thru the State Department of Public Instruction and will be administered by the Sac City Community School District. So far this is the only such grant in the U. S. but multiply this by the 50 states and there are over $40 million spent on what would, seem to be a project of questionable merit. • . ' '• Iowa is the last place we would expect a need for this type of help to improve the calibre of vocal music. We've been under the Impression for years that we have some of the finest school music departments and intensive programs in the nation. To say nothing of the fine choral groups in our numerous private colleges including our own Buena Vista. One local music director reports they have more touring , music group requests than they can book now in any one year. If this project is one to improve the calibre of vocal music in the state, it should be a personal affront, to every music director in Iowa and to the very capable imisic departments of our colleges and universities. This may be a necessary national project, Mr. Congressman, but we would prefer to have this tax money in our own pocket. ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY A 0 V A N ClI Published by the Advance Publishing Co., Monday* ond Thursday*, offices and shop, 124 North Thorington St., Algono, lowo. 50511. Editor and publisher, Duane (. Dewel, Managing Editor, Julian Chrucniltos. 1 NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ADVANCE IUMCHIPTION «ATI • One Yeor in County ond to nearest poit office outtlde of County ...15,00 Six months in County ond to neoreit pott office •IS'22 Yeor outside County, and to other than nearest outside P.O.s 17.00 All rights to matter published in the Algono Kosjuth County Advance ore reserved, including news, feature, advertising or other, ond reproduction in any manner is prohibited except by written permission of thjj publishers of the Algona Kossuth County Advance in each inrtance. All manuscripts, articles or pictures are sent at the owner i risk. BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Insurance the schools do not have to account to local citizens, the costs are bound to go up — and eat up what state aids they get. There isn't much chance for property taxes to decrease — except maybe in the first year or so. unhappy Good Among the "home town boy makes good" listings should be the name of R. J. (Skin) Laird, who for .42 years has been adjutant of the Iowa American Legion. By any measure the holding of such a post for that length of time means ability, not only to get things done, but to get along with a continual succession of state commanders and other officials. He retired June 30. He is a graduate of the Algona high school and as a veterinarian frpm the state college at Ames. raies in me iinure years, m uie raw sviioui no suspect.; at n gave us some those ambulance operators A /f 1 1 • costs have been mounting, and with boards cause for satisfaction that who insist on "getting out" lVLaK.eS 111 III given a green light by state aid for which our local ambulance operators by July 1 — or any other des- have been disinclined to "run scared" at the price of leaving Belmond without assured, around-the-clock, dependable ambulance service. It also made clear that the fears cited by the majority of small town, part-time ambulance operators are much more of a pretense than an actuality. Mr. Milice said that, on the basis of operation which most of these services follow, drivers would ordinarily have to be paid only for time worked and instances would be infrequent in which overtime pay would be involv- televisions, boats, etc. for the home owner. It would give relief to the merchant who is taxed on his inventory and particularly to the farmer taxed on his personal property such as machinery and livestock. Services of doctors, lawyers and auctioneers escape the tax. This exemption was rather bitterly denounced during de- ignated deadline — for being influenced by self, interest. On the other hand, should a needless death occur due to inacessability of ambulance service, these gentlemen need not harbor any delusions as to where the blame will be attached — wrongly though it may be. It's unlikely to be directed at the county board of supervisors, just because the state law now provides that the supervisors CAN shoulder the responsibility for ambulance service if they're of a mind to. Wow! What does the new tax law do? It raises the sales tax on items you now pay on by 50 per cent — from two to three, cents. It adds more than 80 new service items on which tax is to be charged at three per cent including services from shoe shining up to repair of farm machinery. Cigars and "snoose" will be taxed. Hair cuts and beauty parlor services are taxed. A sales tax refund for a taxpayer and dependent* is provided for those in the lower income tax brackets. If you make less than $1000 taxable income you get $12 refund for yourself and each dependent. This amount is reduced as income grows to those who make up to $7,000 who get the grand sum of $2 refund. After $7000 the taxpayer gets nothing as a refund. After $7000 inoome the tax rate also jump* a half per cent on incomes up to $9000 and for those over $9000 the rate goes frftm 4Ms to 5Vt per cent of taxable income. This deal is effective for income earned this year. A cyedit of $2500 on assessed valuation of personal property is given. This would wipe out the tax on such items as * (rom "'" l ° MIlts ' Beer tax is up from $2.48 to $3.72 a barrel. Eliminates the "not readily obtainable" exemption clause which means raw materials now used in production would be taxed. Increases the corporation tax from 4 to 6 per cent for those in the $25,000 to $100,000 income bracket, and up to 8 per cent for corporations with incomes over $100,000. These are the major items of change. Should have Doubtful ties for wage and hours violations is virtually nil. He added that, although the ambulance operators point to changes in the wage and hours law that went into effect Feb. 1 as prompting their eagerness to get out of the business, the rules mainly applicable to the ambulance drivers have actually been in force since September of 1965. All of which would seem to indicate that the "emergency" which the ambulance operators are employing as a reason for setting an imminent deadline when "some- In discussing the new tax on advertising on television and radio last week in the legislature the proponent was asked a- body else" will have to sup- bout a station in Davenport in competition ply ambulance service is much with Rock Island - Moline stations. more pretended than real. What effect would the tax have was W »* their apparent con- the meat of the question. sensus that, unless such a (Neil Maurer in Laurent Sun) It is a little difficult to understand why the Methodist conferences of both southern and northern Iowa, in their annual sessions this month, would be called upon to debate Iowa's right-to-work law. A proposed resolution was introduced at both meetings, flatly opposing right-to-work laws in effect in Iowa and several other states. The resolution failed to pass in both cases, although the north Iowa group did support "the right of employees and employers alike to organize for collective bargaining." We realize the church is . The reply was that the Rock Island - J**Hme is set, they are apt interested in social reforms. ' Moline stations would have to pay a tax on advertising according to their viewers in Iowa, and the Davenport station would not on the proportion of listeners in Illinois. It would take several Solomons to figure out who is listening or viewing which station when a commercial was on, and whether he went for a beer and didn't see it. in a position of re- for supplying ser- indefinite time in- future. is good reason to with the ambu- plight. It is paying business. A loc- It is disturbing however, that were asking for repeal of a law which protects a person's basic right of freedom of choice. Perhaps it would be well for responsible Methodists to «,^ „ * * the cost of seemingly organized attack •no the right-to-work law with- the frame work of the (Paul Smith in Reck Rapids Reporter) We are not happy reading that pur government is busy building a new $24.4 million dollar military assistance command in Viet Nam. The structure has been dubbed "Pentagon East." We are unhappy with the announcement because we have been under the impression that we are going to try and win that war in Southeast Asia and then get our forces out of that area just as fast as possible. Construction of a "Pentagon East" would indicate to us that the administration is considering Viet Nam as more or less of a permanent problem. The fact that the new structure, being built at Tan Son Nhut airport, seems to us to be rather vulnerable anyway. The Reds have shot the place up a number of times with loss of lives and destruction of a lot of planes. That doesn't sound like the kind of a place to have our military headquarters. The $24.4 million dollars to be spent on the structure will probably be doubled before the work is done—if our experience in the southeast is true in the case—and that doesn't make sense either, To us it is very disturbing to see the government following a course which looks like a very long time program. We doubt whether our people will want to go along with a Viet Nam war that does not end for a decade or more. Better, we think, get on with the fighting, use our power to its maximum effectiveness to this country. Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lanes of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BLOSSOM INSURANCE , AGENCY All limes''of Insurance ""'"" 109 North Dodge Ph. 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Hail Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home—Automobile—Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $102,000,000 worth of inturence in force. A home Company. Safe, <secure, Lele Scuffham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto, House. Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 Ted S. Herbtt SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet Larry C. Jehnson 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLES A GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Type, ef Insurance Ph. 295-5529 er 295-3811 ALGONA Optometrists DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aid Glasses 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J, KINGFIELD Optometrist • Visual Analysis and Visual Training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan, Algona Phone 295-3743 Dr. L. L. SNYDER 113 ia«t State St. Dial 295-2715 Murd*y Afternoent Credit Services CREDIT BUREAU of KOSSUTH COUNTY Collective Service Fact-bilt Reports Algona Chiropractors DR. D. D. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Mon.—Wed.—Fit 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 295-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN Chiropractor i Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 Office Hours: Mon.—Tues.—Wed.—Fri. 8:30—5:00 Thursday and Saturday 8:30—12:00 Friday Eve. — 6:30 - 8:30 Farm Management CARLSON Mrm MANAGIMENT COMPANY 121/a N. Do4|» MI. at 1.31*1 LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 Doctors JOHN N. KENEFICK, M. D. Physician and Surgeon 218 W. State Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Ph. 295-2614 MELVIN G. BOURNE, M. D. .Physician & Surgeon 118 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 DAN L. BRAY, M. D. ' M.D, Clinic Bldg. 109 W, State S? Algona, Iowa Office Ph. 295-2828 JOHN M. scHUTTf R; M. D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M,D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians and Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Aj| Office Phone 295-2 Dentists' "^ DR. 4, B. HARRIS JR. Dentist 622 E. State St. Phone 295-2334 DR. LEROY I, STROHMAN Dentist 116 N.Moore St. Phone 295-3131 NASH, Algona 123 123 E. gall 295-5108 Phone 295-2,.. I* »m»*^ 'If

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