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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 51

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o Riviera Beach , o Lake Park o Hobo Sound O Palm Beach Shores o Jensen Beach North Palm Beach o Jupifer-Tequesta o Palm Beach Gardens Stuart o Fort Pierce Juno Beach o Vero Beach Gifford P Salerno COMPLETE AREA COVERAGE :s1 FRI., NOV. 1, 18 THURS., OCT. 31, 1968 Jupiter ay See Property Tax Vote THE PALM BEACH POST TIMES M am a mm " V . : Si Hi 1 r( $a rt CK ; ' 1 M fs ' j&wri'. fMtt w- - - " I J-. I ' - -iinr IttM By CHARLES CATES Bureau Chief STUART forty-nine area businessmen have signed to drive the golf carts for participants in the ninth annual Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament at the St. Lucie Country Club Dec. 12 14. The tournament is the first one in major competition in which golf carts will be used to carry golf hags lor players. Players will walk, and each cai t will be driven by a local volunteer. Tournament officials said 81 more volunteers are needed. Latest entrants in the tournament include two national amateur champs and a top winner on this year's professional tour. Gary Cowan, 1!H7 U.S. National Amateur champion, and foi mer Canadian amateur champ, will be playing with Frank Whibley, a pro at Searboro ( Jolt Club. Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Bruce Fleisher, l8 U.S. National Amateur champ of Ilialeah, will be playing with Bert Greene, Tamarac Country Club, Fort Lauderdale. Former winner of the PGA championship, Bobby Nichols, will be playing with Bobby Greenwood. Nichols is with the Cookeville Golf and Country Club, Cookeville, Term. Greenwood Cigarette Funds Major Source By JOHN THOMPSON JUPITER Before long, Jupiter tree-holders may get a chance to vote on the first real estate taxes in the town's history. Town officials make no pretenses: they'd like to have one or two mill s to work with. But because politics is no different here from anywhere else, they're a little touchy about bringing up such a subject. Taxes in Jupiter? Why, such a thing never was heard of! Right now the town commission relies mostly on state cigarette tax and occupational license money to finance local government. The commission can't levy any real estate tax without an approving vote of the freeholders. That's the way the old town charter is worded. And because it is worded that way, town officials have been largely dependent on the generosity of county officials for help in areas that ordinarily would fall to the municipality. Some notable examples are street and road repairs and drainage and most Jupiter residents agree there is plenty of room for improvement in those departments! Nevertheless, Mayor Robert Nichols and other town officials shy away from asking the public for the millage they feel is necessary. Why? Nichols says he feels it would take a big campaign to inform the public just how badly a real estate tax Is needed. But, Commissioner Jack Robson, says, if freeholders would approve of some tax millage, the act would go far toward establishing the town's credit and enable the floating of bond issues the public might want. The office of County Assessor Edgar Maxwell says Jupiter has about $16.5 million worth of taxable real estate. Thus a 2-mill tax would produce about $.'W,UUU per year. However, town officials say the assessed figures are not quite up to date and that a 2-mill tax now probably would produce closer to$r)0,ooo. Because of homestead exemption, a 2-mill tax would cost the owner of a home appraised at GET OUT TO VOTE! - Vic Rosner and Mallory Privett of the North Palm Beach-Palm Beach Gardens Jaycees hold a sample ballot to empha-sizelhe importance of the group's "Decide Now" campaign for area voters. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage voters to make their choice before going to the polls on Tuesday. The Jaycees are hopeful that area voters will take advantage of available information about candidates prior to casting their votes. SIO.OUO about $10 per year. And Robson and Nichols agreed that the town has many homes which would not be taxable because they are appraised at not more than$.),DU0. How do residents feel about tax millage? A small sampling of public opinion produced this consensus: Residents want additional police protection, street improvements and above all sanitary sewers. However, few wanted to be quoted to that eflect. Their attitude was this: Rattlesnakes, Electioneering Stir Interest At Jupiter Unit Oxygen Will Keep Pond Fish Alive STUART Several methods are used to supply the farm pond with oxygen to keep fish alive, accoiding to Lee Cason Jr., manager of Martin County Soil and Water Conservation District. Cason sas a simple way to provide oxygen Is to spray the pond with water from another water supply, or by churning water in the pond with a pump or a boat motor. Another method suggested by Cason is broadcasting superphosphate on the pond's surface. Cason said ."ill to 100 pounds of superphosphate should be broadcast on the pond's surface, and may have to be repeated several times before the oxvgen shortage in the water ceases. Fish deaths in farm ponds are generally attributed to decaying organic matter, green and brown algae, chemicals or overpopulation, Cason said. The district manager said that when farmers notice that tish in a pond are dying, a technician will visit the pond and apply emergency procedures. , VVnen most of the fish population is lost, it may be advisable to treat the pond again and restock. However, Cason advises that an effort is always made to determine what killed the fish. Suburban Bureaus Palm Beach Post-Times Lake Park, Kilt Park Avenue 844-9707 Stuart, 727 Colorado Avenue 287-2574 Vero Beach, 20(15, Kith Avenue 562-4650 Fort Pierce, 1 102 South 4th Street 401-2050 JUPITER Some funny things are happening here at Jupiter Junior-Senior High School. And the "funny" thing about it is that school officials are quite happy about the situation. There was the day not long ago, for instance, that Basil M. Dukes, assistant principal, was going peacefully about his business when he was approached by a boy who had one hand behind his back. "Bet you can't guess what I have behind me!" the boy teased. Dukes smiled and agreed. Thereupon, the youngster whipped his hand around in front of Dukes' face. ' "Get that thing out of here!" Dukes thundered. "It was a two-foot rattlesnake he'd caught on school grounds," the assistant principal said. "He was a Boy Scout and knew how to handle it without getting hurt." Shaken, Dukes summoned L'aiy Husseii. guidance counselor, the school's official snake handler, to dispose of the reptile. And he said it actually wasn't a rattler. Dukes apparently had thought it was one of the small rattlers being driven by heavy rains onto the school's higher and dryer land. With the presidential election nearing, one teacher had his class elect candidates and select "reporters" to interview them. Right off the bat, one of the reporters, a girl, demanded of a candidate: "Why did you pick such a crackpot for a vice presidential running-mate?" Hastily grabbing the microphone from the girl, the teacher explained that the reporter was representing no newspaper. "She's from Mad Magazine," he said. And it turned out that the "crackpot" to whom the girl had referred was her former boy friend! In the same class, one of the candidates pledged: "The first thing I'll do when I'm elected is pull our boys out of Vietnam because this is ridiculous!" Dukes recalled with a grin that he was ap proached one day by a boy named "Kris," who demanded that sonething be done about his records. "Because of tiie rpUi-ig of his name, the computer had listed him as a girl and he was furious!" Similarly, the senior class has a set of twins a boy and a girl named Glee and Gleeford, and this is a constant source of confusion to teachers because, looking at the records, they often are puzzled as to which is which. The pending solution, Dukes said, apparently is to call the boy "Ford." In a history class one day, the teacher was tracing the origination of slavery, and he ex plained that the growing young country suddenly found it had a big need for unskilled labor. "That was when the slaves were brought in." he said. "Oh," a 13-year-old girl responded. "You mean the women!" In the cafeteria one day, teachers were given the after-lunch treat of seeing two girls applying lipstick, eyeliner and mascara not to them selves but to three happy boys! As I said, school officials are delighted about the situation. Principal John Golden especially is aware of conditions. "Our morale never has been better!" he beamed. "Before we talk about approving tax levy, let town officials tell us where they'd spend the money." Richard W. Hardy, real estate broker, is a little more outspoken about the situation. "I told town officials not long ago that unless we do get some tax millage, this town is doomed," he said. Hardy, who sometimes advertises local property in The Wall Street Journal, says the need is urgent for street Improvements, sewage facilities, sidewalks, a good water system and more police protection. "I've had people come down here from New York to see property, and then laugh at me after studying the situation," he said. Nevertheless, the broker said, there is a crying need here for some low-cost rental housing, particularly in the area of apartment buildingssomething that just might materialize if conditions improve. "Not long ago," he said, "I rented some office space to a man. At the last minute, he came in and said the deal was off because he would have three girls working at night, and he couldn't allow it because of the lack of adequate police protection." The town's current budget calls for three policemen one per shift. Hardy also noted that within the Jupiter area, several small water companies are competing for existence whereas one municipal system could do a better job supplying better water and making a better profit. "Our fire department is very efficient, but that's all we do have." he said. The broker cited a particular need for street and road improvements. "We need them right around the town hall!" he said. Hardy noted that some streets go only a short distance and stop before meeting other streets. And many of them need surfacing. "I think we have some people here who don't want the town to grow," he said. James E. Hair, a barber, said he probably would favor the tax. "I'm surprised the town has done as well as it has," he said. "We especially need sewage improvements. I'm afraid our water supply could be contaminated by our septic tanks." Such a condition might arise during a long period of heavy rains or a hurricane, Hair said. I 1 It 1 i ....';.,. - , ..." . ; .- 'f'.m '''' . V ' ' ' - O ' .' ' --' . . -' - : v' ... '.. ,. 'J -'.s "...--. Photo by Rotwrl K Ofririby a glance shows that drivers should avoid thb thoroughfare during school traffic hours. Kids and cars don't mix! DRIVERS: BE CAREFUL! - This picture was taken recently in the vicinity of Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School on Holly Drive Just

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