The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 24, 1952 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 24, 1952
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<L TWO BLYTHEVTLLE (AKK.V COURIER NEWS WETWHSDAY, BBC. 24, 19M Tha Cherry Plan- New Department Said Key to Modernizing State Fiscal Program (EDITOR'S NOTE: This Is the first In a series of three nrllclfs explaining Iho principal provisions of a proposal to reorganize and consolidate the antcquatcd financial management machinery of (he State of Arkansas, The proposal was announced by • Governor-Klecl Franc-Is Cherry earlier this week. LITTLE ROCK—A sweeping re- organlaztton of the.State Government's financial management machinery was proposed tills week by Governor-Elect Francis Cherry, who called It the first step necessary in a comprehensive program through which he hopes to give Ihe people of Arkansas better government without raising taxes.. The .loncsboro chnncellor, who will be inaugurated governor Jnn- 1S, pointed out that some of the basic procedures and practices in the present financial management setup were established as far back as 1874 nnd that the changes In the system had largely been ol a stop-gap or patchwork variety. AB 1t now stands^ the management or control over the * 150,000,000 business of stale government j s " so widely scattered and sloppily organized that much tax money Is being wasted, he said, and the system Itselr, Is demoralizing on efficiency and Integrity. The fcey provision In Judge Cherry's proposal would create a "Department of Finance and Administration." It would take over the duties of th» present Department of State Comptroller, the major duties of the Secretary of the State Fiscal Control Board, and all the functions of the office of State Purchasing Agent. If the General Assembly approves . and creates the new department tt will be headed by Frank Storey, now secretary of the Fiscal Control Board, who, during 25 years In the state's fiscal agencies has become an outstanding authority on public'finance. A major basic change proposed In the Cherry program would be the transferring of the awarding of contracts for printing and office supplies for all departments and institutions from the Secretary of State to the new Department of Finance and 'Administration. Perpetual Inventory For the first time in history,'under the new program, the state government wouldvestaUtfih. and maintain a perpetual lnvj|i&r:y*~tt ' Yb'.'p'roper'tlei and , supplldfT/"Judge . Cherry'* contention l« that noboViy co\ild efficiently and economically operate > business which purchases millions of dollars of equipment nnd' supplies every month without . knowing the detailed facts about the materials on hand, through an Inventory. Still another feature of the Cherry proposal calls for the setting up of an "auto pool" to cut expenses for automobile travel by state of^ fleers and employees. Also, far more rigid restrictions than have ever before been Imposed, will be placed on the spending of "cash fund" monies by state Institution and agencies, ( The main portion of the proposed reorganization and consolidation centers around the purchns- Ing activities. The governor-elect did not estimate, how much money .would be saved annually as a result of the new system, but he observed that 36,000,000 in state purchasing would be directly under the control of the new deparlmenl or Its rigid restrictions, and that another »25,000,000 would be indirectly controlled and subject to the same economy practices. "Until the system has been established and In operation lor a year or so," he said, "nobody could possibly estimate (he probable Ravings over the long haul. However we do have the experience and re suits of other State government! with systems containing some o the features of the one proposed in the new Fiscal Code. In these states, savings have ranged upwnri to as much as 20 per cent of ih governmental expenses dlrcctlj handled through 'centralized pur chasing control; and relative ccon omies have been achieved through out the entire governmental or gantzation." Haw It Work! ' The new system would work llki this: The new Post Audit Departmen and the Legislative Council, boll arms of the General Assemblj would work with tho Governor In determining the appropriation re quests to be'submitted to the Gen ernl Assembly for thu various tic partments and agencies under fh Governor's jurisdiction. In th General Assembly, the approprln tlons would be restricted by a lega provision requiring "Quarterly Al lotment" control for all agencies departments and Institutions excep the constitutional offices (not iiri der the governor), the Illghwa Department and the Institutions o higher learning. The control wouli be exercised 1 by the "Director o Finance" who is given considcrao! discretionary .power In making de elstons''bn»the pureriiujf'oLsupplie . Vn'd' enUlftnent 'of/t^e ..ajtnclcs. 'All other iigencies* ; 6f V^veVnmenl excepting only the constitutional of flees outside the governor's jurlfidlc tlon, would be indirectly controUe In the expenditure of funds for sup piles 'and equipment, nnd In " olume purchasing. The depart- lents affected would submit estl- lates of future needs, some quar- erly, some only once a year. The ndividual department and agency ecds then would be combined and he purchasing would be done In olume amounts, thus commanding owest prices. Whenever necessary he big stocks thus purchased would e stored and requisitioned as necd- d. . The "quarterly allotment" pro- cdure is expected to affect sub- tantlal savings by cutting out the :hronlc heavy apcricing in fourth quarters ot the fiscal years. More han 40 agencies are directly p.f- 'ected In Iliis rigid control. During he Jast fiscal year (hey spent <3,006.000 In the first quarter, $-1.020,000 In the second quarter, $3.837.000 n Ihe third, and $4.5<5,OQO In the fourth quarter—or nearly $1 000 (30 per cent) more In the fourth quarter than the average for the 'Irst three quarters. To I'rennre Manual In the matter of purchasing ac- LlvJtics of the ajjenelffc over wbk'h ;he Purchasing Division of the new Department of Finance and Admln- •Strallon will have only Indirect control, a purchasing manual will prepared and ail will be legally sound by Its procedures and restrictions, ft will become known throughout the State government, ire Cherry predicted, a.s "The nook." Through Ihis technique or j indirect control, the Oovcnor would expect to obtain the same efficiencies and economies anticipated In the purchasing done directly through the central department. . A system of prc-audit, Inventory j examination, vouchcrlng and rec-1 ord-kecplng calculated to guarantee the utmost Integrity would become mandatory and would embrace every transaction throughout tlie whole spending cycle. Finally, at the end of the transactions .the Legislature's own permanent Post Audit Department would examine the records, both with regard to the wisdom and economy employed In the spending ol Stale funds, and to! the carrying out of every step of the j procedure made mandatory In law by the Legislature Itself. The legislative post-audit activity would year by year coniblne with the work of the Legislative Council to create another "check point" lor the lawmakers returning to succeeding General Assemblies—n source of Independent appraisal on how well the various departments have been functioning with the funds applied. (Note: Next week. In another of this series of articles, Governor- Elect Cherry will give his person- ( al views on the necessity of his rorgnnlzatlon and consolidation program.) Marijuana Cache Found in State LITTLE ROCK iJTi — Arkansas State Police reported yesterday that two suitcases full of marijuana were found near CJarksvIllc last week. Value of the narcotic was estimated at $8.000. Ownership of the marijuana has not been established and there have been no arre.sts, Stale Police said. The narcotic was reporlert to be In dried hulk form, ready for screening and rolling into, cigarettes. Lt. Alan Templeton said the suit- Amazed Helen Traubel Finds Korean G/'s Like Opera Arias war veteran on four of the six charges against him. He was convicted of being absent without leave from his Army post ami of wrongfully appropriating an Army Jeep and pistol. The sentence also Included dishonorable discharge from the Ar- By Gt.OH.GK McARTHUR SEOUL (i?i— Soprano Helen Traubel admitted lo tome surprise yesterday alter turning grand opera loose on American soldiers and getting a foot-stomping, whistling cry for more. Miss Traubel. Wagner and the American soldier In Korea were all fast friends after two days of concerts. She packed the house. The Metropolitan Opera star admitted ahe felt a little fearful about coming to Korea and waj* "surprised" at the OI reaction to grand opera. .„»;, "I'm no Betty Hutton—aajMtjta good—and I was a little worried,'' on a railroad a right-of-way cases were found right-oJ-way by crew and were Eent to State Police Headquarters In Little Rock. The lieutenant said the suitcase; were neatly placed and apparently had not. been thrown from a train. Gl Is Acquitted On Rape Charge FRANKFURT, Germany (A 1 ) — 1'Vt, Eugene R, .Walters of Harrod. O.,'''was acquitted yesterday on chafes, of-. ajpriinllynssnultlnR Mamie .Huth'^-Shelton.' 18-year-old American girl, nnd robbing two soldiers but was sentenced to three years In prison on two minor char- j ges. A U. S. Army court martini! cleared the 31-yenr-old wounded Cfjrtstmas (greetings lite management and staff of out firm express the wish that yoi will enjoy a mos< happy, holiday scavxv We hope that the holiday wiK bring the realization o* jrour fondest ambitions for happiness i«d friendships! Charles S. Lemons Furniture •^ my. The verdict Is subject to review. The defendant pleaded Innocent and claimed Insanity. PURE PORK SAUSAGE 1 phi! Paclino Co. ' M, Miss Traubel told a Midler audience last night after they had brought her back on stage with volleys ol whistle", hand-clapping and even a few sophisticated '.'bravo*." The big-voiced opera star »»ng In a frigid Seoul Theater, where her breath condensed Into cold ctoudfi as she hit the high notes. Once In her opera and concert career, she had been troubled In one place "with bats flying back and forth," she said, but never before / had she been able to watch her songs as they came out. Earlier In the day, the St. VJ opera star had another unusual first in her, concert career. She sang aboard the hospital ship Consolation and could not even see her accompanlest, who was playing a smaU organ in the far corner of a messhall. ^ "I Just struck out and sang," she Jaughed, "and we got together as .we went along." Ufc* TrauM, In privat* Mn. Wll- dam But, toured the wardi with her husband, then sane over the shlp'a loudspeaker «y»tem. , : She said after seeing the wounded ahe "sang »oft things"—no Wagner. "It is wonderful what they are do- Ing there," «he added, "how they are taking care of the wounded. Those boys an wonderful. I am so glad I came." Tigers ar« the "type animal" of Asia and are found nowhere else In a wild state. FEDERAL LAND BANK FARM LOANS NO EXPENSE— Fay part or all at anj'tlm* National Farm Loan 'Association Joe Martin, Becy-Trta*. Ph. 3353 Mon & ThorvUy Oueola, Fh. 388, Any Day SALE! ANNUAL BIO SAVINGS ON Dorothy Gray Creams OC Solon Cold Cream R. 0 , S2.25 fcJ iJ For normal lUn Dry-Skin Cleanser J« a . $2.25 Cleansing Cream Keg. $2.00 Liquefying ... for oily tkin f Regular $4.00 jar of each ...SALE $2.25 [oil pric«r pjui fax] Cellogen Mormon* Cream , . . Regular $5 tlz* .. Sal* $2.50 I The Edythe Shoppe At no other season of the year are warm feelings and friendly words more fitting and sincere than at this time — We say to you - - Merry Christmas and a Happy, Happy New Year! FRANK SIMMONS TIN SHOP , FROM ALL OF US... TO ALL OF YOU Once again we extend most sincere Holiday greetings to all of our friends. We are in- detd grateful for your patronage and friendship. Our wish is that yourg will he a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous N.EW Year. , c/-

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