The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 3, 1968 · Page 20
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 20

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 3, 1968
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i uim Leach L'osw imcs, suiiduj , Nov. 3, Award Late, But It's Best Not To Tempt Fate Potter Hits Constitution As State, County 4Grab' ters in the area. No one seemed to notice that the plaque was being presented a year late. week ago. Lt. Col. Frank C. Chace Jr. of Lake Clarke Shores, former Inspector-Instructor at the West Palm Beach Marine Corps Reserve Training Center, returned That first request 17 years ago was made by one of Burns' fellow officers who was shipping out for Korea. Burns made the presentation for his friend, who was later killed In Korea. A little on the superstitious side. Burns laid the newest plaque aside, until his friend could return from Vietnam to present it in person. The plaque was presented a He admitted city coffers would not even be slightly depleted by the above extension. An expansion which would affect the city revenue, however, is the benefit of homestead exemption for condominium-owners, becoming a strong part of Florida living. Marine Lt. John burns decided not to tempt fate 13 months ago. A fellow Marine, who was shipping out for Vietnam, asked Lt. Burns to make a plaque presentation for him In his absence. Burns, remembering an incident 17 years ago when he did a similar favor, merely stowed the award away for brighter days. MOLsai.&'.-.j.wjJwAiJ When Shopping Use P-T Classified SHOP MONDAY THRU SATURDAY W -"r'rrn rfrTfn I'n'rJi 1H1 r from Vietnam and awarded the plaque to the Palm Beach County Commission for Its assistance In Marine Corps mat ...... .. 10 'TIL 9:30 ft , ..vife - U''' Special purchase IMPORTED LEATHER GLOVES 25 TO 40 OFF ing no mention of a health department. However, the new constitution does allow freeholders in referenda to authorize municipalities to levy over 10 mills for period not longer than two years. Potter said that what he termed a "Tallahassee takeover" would come once the city's power to increase mil-lage Is dissolved. The state not only proposes to limit the operating budget to 10 mills but also includes In the city's operating expenses benefits which once were exempted. The only millage not under the normal 10-mill ceiling Is for payment of bonds. The document Implies, then, that such benefits as social security and pensions which were not included in operation expenses previously will now be included. The' counting of such special benefits as operating expenses would mean a revenue cutback of about two mills. The total operating budget now stands at 9.7 mills. Potter believed that If such a cutback were effected, municipal services would be reduced to the skeletal maintenance of public safety. The next step, he said, would be for the city to look to the county to assume the services the city once performed. Potter suggested that this "squeeze play" could only result in damage to the taxpayer. "West Palm Beach, If obliterated, would find itself not only paying city taxes but those of the unincorporated areas. It can do nothing but deteriorate the services to the people," he said. It was a rule of thumb, he added, that the bigger the government the higher the payment for services. Potter said he thought it ironic that the state, which complains about federal domination, is now proposing to dominate the municipality. Potter did not understand the concept inherent in the new document that the local governors were less capable of determining the amount of ad valorem taxes. He contended that commissioners were more tuned to the public wishes because every two years, when election time rolls around, the first thing that can toss the incumbents out of office is higher taxes. One of the Items which Potter could not reconcile was the provision In the new constitution allowing for a possibility which voters might take for a certainty: Homestead exemption may be increased from $5,000 up to $10,000 for those who are disabled and 65 years of age. Potter believed the "may" and "up to" were misleading and would sway a lot of voters Into thinking the increase was assured. By PATRICIA PRESTON Staff Writer Florida city governments are unhappy about the proposed new state constitution, which, they say, would wrench the cities from the local government driver's seat and make them muzzled passengers under county and state domination. According to West Palm Beach Commissioner Eugene Potter, only two of the more than 300 municipalities represented at the Florida League of Municipalities Convention at Jacksonville this past week favored the document. Potter, who was a member of the FLM resolutions subcommittee named to analyze the constitution, called the proposed new basic law "a 20-day crash program by freshmen legislators." Potter said he thought he might have been selected for the subcommittee because he is known to be somewhat liberal, and the liberals needed all the help they could get. But Potter, who has favored proposals to merge departments and functions in cities and counties to avoid duplication, shrank from the prospect of Palm Beach County and the state ruling the roost, which he says would happen under the new constitution. He believes the city to be closest to the public need. Provisions in the new constitution which Potter opposes include: County home rule, 10-mill limit on municipal operating budgets, a loss of city revenue not counterbalanced by new sources of income, and other sins of omission includ- Mugging Probed City police Saturday Investigated a mugging-robbery in the parking lot of the Chances R Lounge, 4204 Broadway. Kenneth Edward Woods, 44, of 2403 West Gate Ave., told Patrolman R.A. Studstill that two white males in their early 20's jumped him from behind and took his wallet which contained about $200 in cash. Studstill said when he arrived at the scene Woods had a cut on his forehead, blood on his shirt and his clothing was covered with sand. The assailants fled on foot, Woods told police. Truck Hits Officer CAMBRIDGE. Minn. (AP) A sign in a sporting goods store reads: "Sportsmen and huiters: vote for Wallace earns you 20 per cent discount on any of our scopes or mounts. Nixon voters get 2 per cent. Humphrey voters save your money." 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