The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1976 · Page 21
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 21

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, December 6, 1976
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n x The Palm Beach Post NeWS Of tltt flj) lm Beaches a MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1976 SECTION Tax Hearin To Evaluate Services Rose Kennedy and Gol-die Paley enjoy the dedication ceremony of the nursery building a facility that will provide training to patients of the Palm Beach Rehabilitation Center. The new building is on S. Congress Avenue. Staff Photo by C.J. Walktf requires it be passed by Jan. 1 in order for the county to alter its tax structure by the beginning of the next fiscal year on Oct. 1. The Municipal League has been arguing unsuccessfully for such an ordinance for years, citing the state Constitution's prohibition against "dual taxation" that is, taxing city residents for services provided only to county residents. "Property situate within municipalities shall not be subject to taxation for services rendered by the county exclusively for the benefit of the property or residents in unincorporated areas," the Constitution says. That was passed in 1968, but the county was motivated to act this year due to a recent Supreme Court decision in which the court used "pretty clear language" warning the1 counties to stop dual taxation, according to Palm Beach Town Manager George Frost. "The cities have been requesting the County Commission to do this or something like this for many years," Frost said. "We have threatened them with court action." Frost acknowledges that the cities have "made some little gains here and there" in the past, such as when the county created a separate taxing district for the sheriff's road patrol a couple years ago so only county residents would pay for that service.. Turn to TAXES, C2 By BUD NEWMAN Poit Staff Writer If you live in the unincorporated area of Palm Beach County, your property taxes may be going up next year. And if you live in one of the county's 37 municipalities, your taxes may be going down. Or they may not. It all depends on who you talk to and what services and revenue sources the County Commission decides should be included as part of a new ordinance coming up for its first public hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The ordinance creates the "Municipal Service Taxing Unit," a fancy way of saying that, for the first time, the county will attempt to draw the distinction between which of its services benefit everyone in the county and which benefit only those in the unincorporated area, and then tax people accordingly. The ordinance does not include the specifics of which county services will or will not be in the new taxing district. It merely sets up the legal framework into which the specifics can be placed in the months ahead. As a result, the real battle is not over the adoption of the ordinance but over its eventual components. The county and the Palm Beach County Municipal League already are at odds on the nature of the taxing components. There is apparent unanimity, however, on the need for the basic ordinance. County officials say state law 4 Boost for the Handicapped LAKE WORTH - The Palm Beach Rehabilitation Center officially dedicated a nursery sales training building yesterday, as more than 100 people looked on. Guests of honor included Mrs. Rose Kennedy, mother of the late president, and Goldie Paley, multimillionaire philanthropist. The new facility will provide on-the-job training in nursery sales to center patients. The trainees will sell plants and flowers grown on the center's 3l2-acre nursery, Rudolf Wichmann, nursery manager, said. Wichmann said after a training period of three to nine months, graduates will be placed in sales jobs at area nurseries. Wichmann said many center patients already are learning horticulture, ranging from seed planting to floral decorating. The 86-year-old Mrs. Kennedy, who has a mentally retarded daughter, urged those attending to do business with the training center. She praised the center for its work with the mentally retarded and the handicapped. She said the center's patients "have been rescued from environments where they were lonely and without hope." At the center, she added, "they have found happiness, companionship and a new way of life." Most of the center's 330 patients are treated on daily visits. The training unit, to be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, has been named the Lee and Irving Korn Building in honor of two major benefactors of the center. The new building is at 4522 S. Congress Ave. EDGAR SANCHEZ ' . ... ... r- ::-.. . imkl - aw? jT &, lj H f K f -J .1 .' li if ' 111 wJ v J I ill (LOP- 1 1 -S rLiss HO L.i ,. Staff Photos by Ron Lindtoy Gladys Ellis Holds On During Ride Katie Bethel Isn't Sympathetic to Drivers' Demands Bus Riders Look for Alternatives if Drivers Strike penses?" the woman continued. "There are thousands riding free, I'm one of them, not because I'm on welfare, but because I'm a senior citizen. "But the strike won't bother me any. I'll just walk to everything I have to do. I'm the prototypical old lady in sneakers, you know," the woman said. Gladys Ellis, West Palm Beach, who' rides the bus "for recreation," said, "I don't know what people are going to do if they don't have a way of going and much for driving a bus, I should get that much for working in a nursing home." Other bus passengers are sympathetic with the drivers' demands for higher wages. "They deserve more money," "it's a dangerous job," or "driving a bus isn't easy," they say. "I imagine with some of the runs they do, the drivers deserve a raise," one West Palm Beach woman said. "Some of those runs I wouldn't do for any money. "But think about it. What do they use for money to pay the drivers? With all the passes that are out, how do they meet ex private" said he would get his father to drive him to work. "I think that if anything is run for the people, and the people's taxes are paying for it, they don't have a right to strike," Rogers said. Emma Hardy, West Palm Beach, who didn't know about the upcoming strike until a friend told her said, "Oh Lord have mercy. I'll have to get my husband to pick me up at work." Katie Bethel, West Palm Beach said, "What do they think? That we're going to make them rich? If they get that the bus," Ragione said. "I don't think the drivers are worth the pay raise. I'll take $3 an hour, those guys aren't worth $5 an hour driving a bus." The bus system's 62 drivers plan to strike at midnight Saturday for a pay raise from $3.30 to $5.25 an hour and a new pension plan. Contract negotiations have been underway since Sept. 20, and another meeting is scheduled for next week. James Rogers, West Palm Beach, who has been riding the buses twice daily "since back when the company was By ROBERT BURNS Pott Staff Wrlttr Palm Beach County's regular bus riders already have begun searching for someone else to "leave the driving to" in case the Transportation Authority's drivers go on strike next weekend. "I'll have to hitchhike, that's what I'll do. I suppose I'll get arrested for it, but if I'm going to get to work, I'll have to hitchhike," Frank Ragione, of West Palm Beach, said. "Or maybe I'll get myself a job driving Their Wedding (s) Aren't Known for Routine 1 w 1 ( c -t If nJ Sgts. Peter and Kitty Thompson have been married for five years, but the first ceremony was sort of rushed, with Peter being shipped off by Uncle Sam 12 hours after the couple said 'I do.' So, in gratitude for their service to the Army, the military decided to give them a full ceremony, complete with a color guard, at West Palm Beach's Little Wedding Chapel. But the best laid plans of mice and the military often go awry, and the Thompsons' color guard never showed. Neither did one of the bridesmaids. So, in good military tradition, you hurry up and wait. Peter and the rest of the wedding party wandered next door to the Blue Cricket Bar for a 'short one' and a game of pool. Ah, but all's well that ends well. Thirty-five minutes, a beer and a game of pool later, the sergeants were pronounced husband and wife. Or was it sergeant and wife; husband and sergeant; sergeant and sergeant? - KYi J Y" i I .niimiii.T ai -riiriminnnfrirrnrmiiBiiinirMiiwi .... ""3 Staff Photot by C.J. Walkor

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