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FAYETTEVIllE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1973 Tax-Exempt'Land-A City Problem Letters From War Eagle Blanche Elliott, executive director and mother hen of the .War Eagle arts and crafts i activities takes time out this ' week to write me a letter. I am appreciative. (Not o n 1 y for the thoughtfulness of the let- ,,· ter... but of all the hard work · and perserverance on behalf of ' folk culture that Mrs. Elliott '. puts in.) She writes: ; "Since I think you have a ' sincere interest in the art and ·· craft activities of our area, I : am sending along a little ". material pertinent to what is .' going on at War Eagle. '- "Do you recall being here.to a supper one evening almost 20 years ago when plans were being sought for support of an art and craft fair at War Eagle? It is hard to believe, the growth and success the fair has attained since that dream was dreamed. "Entries are coming in from the old exhibitors for the October '73 fair. I am enclosing . a copy of the letter mailed out to them so you can see what I asked them relative to what the War-Eagle fair has meant to them. The responses I am getting to that query are something else. If only I am smart enough to analyze this information, we may be able to ' measure the importance of the art and craft movement in the pursuit and future development of the Ozarks. "I know it reaches beyond the Ozarks for I get so much mail ' from distant states wanting i n f o r m a t i o n relative t o ..promotion of arts and crafts in their areas. (Cordially, Blanche , Elliott.)" By tINDA DOBKINS TIMES Staff Writer i It's obvious with a. glance around town that the city of Fayetteville has large parceis of land, owned by the city, county, state or federal governments, that are tax exempt each year. But the dollar value of that tax-exempt real-estate seems to be anyone's guess. The three-year reassessment program carried on by the Equalization Board ran out of steam -- and time -- before assessing facilities such as the I $220,000.000. In 1972, Spring- University of Arkansas, the city'dale's assessed valuation was o f Fayetteville,' and the V e t e r a n s Administration Hospital -- which pay no taxes. Assessment would have been just for the record. A simple comparison between Fayetteville a n d Springdale gives some insight. In 1972, Fayetteville's assessed valuation was $44 million. T h i s is one fifth of book value, which shows the as s e s s e d total value property to Springdale Police Continue Probe Into Bombing In 1972 L. E. HOLT TIMES Staff Writer SPRINGDALE -- It will be a year ago Saturday when police MRS. ELLIOTT, in a letter · mailed out with exhibitor application forms early this year, asks each exhibitor to "write ' me in your own way what the fair has meant' to you, personally. I would like to know how varied the satisfactions are... and if you have any ·" thoughts as to the place the arts and crafts movement should take in our present day way of life." Answers to these questions, undoubtedly, will furnish a gold mine of material from which . t o extract some of the broader implications of the War Eagle success story. It is to Mrs. - Elliott's credit that she never loses sight of the "big picture" of folk culture's importance as a resource of the Ozark Mountains area. I'm glad she hasn't ·'narrowed her view. here began what Chief Wayne Hyden calls "one of the most intensive investigations" he's been associated with in 30 years of police work. . He was talking about the investigation of the bombing of a Springdale police officer's personal vehicle which occurred Feb. 24, 197Z. Things began quietly. It was the end of the shift for Lt. Karl Martens and he was headed home. He climbed into t his pickup truck parked in the police parking area directly behind headquarters. A bomb, planted under the driver's seat of that pickup for some unknown reason, changed the usual events of the night. The bomb's explosion ripped the inside of the pickup and tossed Martens out of the door, 35 feet out into the parking lot. Martens escaped with his life, but he suffered serious injuries w h i c h required immediate surgery and a lengthy hospital stay. Today Martens conducts his normal duties as a police officer. Who would plant a bomb that could have taken the life of a police officer? A prankster? An unknown p e r s o n a l or professional enemy? These and other questions hav been the subject of the yearlong investigation. spent hours assisting the local officers. Every means was employed. Rewards were posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons planting the bomb. A special telephone number was set up to handle information of the incident. The fact was stressed that the use of this number by any citizen having pertinent information would be kept in the strictest confidence. Names of the persons calling the number would not be required. As leads poured in, each was tracked down. Six officers were assigned full time to the case for the first four months. Some of the leads looked promising, and still do police say, but others reached dead ends. $27,472.985 (in both Washington and Benton Counties), which, multiplied to the true value, would be slightly more than $137 million. Comparing each figure above with latest population figures (18,868 for Springdale and 31,915 for Faycttoville). gives real estate value per person. Fayetleville shows $6,893 per person; Springdale $7,260 per person. Although the figures are not widely spread, the fact that they are different must be due to a difference in the economic structure of the towns, since the figure is abstracted from population variance. The most obvious reasoning would be that Springdale is more of a commercial-industria center, while Fayelteville's emphasis is on education and county administration. These educational and governmenta units are tax free, while busi nesses and industries are not. .Attempts to compile even a rough estimate of the value o public and non-profit holdings (including churches in Fayette ville) is difficult becaus several governmental units d not have figures on the boo value -- or replacement valu -- of their land and buildings, check of insuranc ecords, and bookkeeping files long with a good deal of slimation yields . interesting gures. The University of Arkansas olds the bulk of the non- axable property in the city, he UA controller's office said lat the value of the buildings University has in the city s, in round figures, $56 million. In addition the University raids $3,800,000 worth of land. Another $3.500,000 is in im- irovements and $5,700,000 is in jonstruction. Washington County figures its holdings at $2,900,314 with slightly over half of that being he value of Washington General Hospital. Fayetteville schools estimate .he replacement cost for Hams Set Meet Northwest Arkansas Amateu: Radio Club will hold its regula: monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m Monday, Feb. 19 at Ihe homi of Joe Bartelli. South 12th am L Street in Rogers. All "hams" a n d interestc persons are invited to attenc Further information may b obtained by calling Bob Hurs secretary 442-2787. uildinss at $8.061.000. ] The city of Fayetteville holds 1 nother large chunk of land and icilities. However, city officials ay they cati give no estimate n the value of land or improvements. The federal government is Iso a large landowner in the ity, with offices scattered iroughout town and the / e t e r a n s . Administration Hospital on College Avenue. Federal officials have no record f current values for the tospital or for various olher ederal offices. Construction cost of the new federal building on College Avenue at Mount air Street is $2 million. It will house numerous federal offices. Fayetteville churches, anc certain c h u r c h - r e l a t e c operations are also non-profi and do not pay taxes. No at lempt has been made to asses the value of each churel building, but county official involved in the reassessmen programs note that at least om of the city's largest churche would be valued at more thai $1 million. There are at least 60 churche and "campus ministry" center in Fayetteville. Six million i probably a very, very conserya live estimate of their collectiv worth. Addition of these estimated alues gives $86 million; n o t ncluding of course, figures for ity and federal property, which must total a significant amount. lowever, the cost of the new 'ederal Building is included to eprcsent federal holdings. Using the full market value t a x - e x e m p t property f $220,000,000 multimihion excluding t h e dollar city and ederal holdings) some ele'men- ary arithmetic shows that, were the exempt lands on the xjoks, tax collections would be increased by 39 per cent.. Another method of computing Ihe percentage of property nol being taxed is to look at acreage involved. The city of Fayetleville covers approximately 24,400 Meeting Set H U N T S V I L L E -- Th Madison County Cattlemen am CowBelles will meet at 7:3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the communit center. Mrs. Nancy Edgar. Madiso County Extension Home Econo mist will be guest speaker a the CowBelle meeting. Her topi is "Changes in Family Living. cres. Of this, the University laims 321.85 acres. Fayettevillt chools and school property over 215 acres. This county, ncluding Washington General hospital, owns 19 acres. The e t e r a n s Administration [ospital covers 46.7 acres. No stimate has been made of the .creage involved in other ederal holdings. The city figures that i 11 ,-arious plants and buildings :over 4,540 acres, including city streets, Lake Sequoyah and other city lakes, Drake Field, larks, various utility plants, etc. The figure does not include utility easements. This analysis also does not nclude acreage from churches and church related concerns, which probably would be a significant figure. Using figures i n c l u d e d above, non-taxed property fills 21 per cent of the city's land area. In short, a considerable p o r t i o n of Fayetteville's property is not taxed. Considering the loopholes in the analysis, the figure might easily run near 40 per cent. Few people would contend that it is proper to tax churches, or the charitable organizations not even considered in this analysis. But, TRICKLE NOW as time went by, the flood of leads turned to a trickle. Police "still get a few leads, Hyden said, but no one is assigned the case full time. Hyden said the case now is like a book. "The more you read a particular book, the more you learn from it." So, most of the time spent on the case today is spenl rerunning 'old leads, rehashing old material and just waiting -- waiting for that key lead thai could tie together the rest o the work put in during a long investigation. SCOPE The scope of vestigation is that evident by stack of paper work in the case file. Four volumes, each the of. a Webster's college EXTRA E,XTRA THE WEATHER, roil: Tonight and Soa- jfapetteirille ©eurocrat FirtKH hundred ««4 Oilrlr · ropln 0f the DtmMitt ar« ' Plinlid daily. D» JWI ftt »n*f VOLUME 25, NUMBER 1. FAYETTEVILLE. ARKANSAS, MONDAV, NOVEMBER 11, 19 18. .PRICE 4* CENTS PER MONTH SHE REPORTS, too, that the Farm Journal, a ' national : publication based in Philadel' phia, Pa., will feature a photo- essay on the War Eagle Fair in its March issue this year. (An indication of the War Eagle fair's enormous progress, ' from .that dream of 20 years . ago, is the fact that the fair 'now imposes standards of quality on its exhi6itor.s, and the waiting list for available space gets longer every year.) edition dictionary; contain typed notes, sworn statements, interviews, chemical tests and other paper work resulting in uncounted manhours of work. "It would be next to impossible to total the time spent on this investigation," Hyden said. The investigation is still under way. As Hyden looked over to the stack of paper work, he said "this is one case that will never be closed as far as 1 am concerned." At first every Springdale police officer was placed on an extended shift of 12 hours or more. Men from the Treasury Department's Alcohol. Tobacco and Firearms Division joined the probe. And, state police ANOTHER BRIGHT spot on noon m eet the NWA cultural front is the Directors. amalgamation of the Council of Ozark Artists and Craftsmen with the Springdale Arts Center. The Center also accomodates as a separate division the Oz'arks R e p e r t o r y Theater. These diverse activities broaden and strengthen the base for the -entire operation, and help ex- · plain why Springdale is about to stage a special election on a proposition to actually construct an auditorium. I don't know what the collapse of the Ozarks Regional Commission program may do to the Arts Center plans, but the fact of the matter is that with a large group of enthusiastic participants, the Center will survive healthily, even if the new building does hit a snag. The biggest obstacle to auditorium plans in Fayette" ville, in my opinion, is this lack of organized local enthusiasm for the participating arts and crafts. Fayetteville's disin- ·· clination to take the lead in any of the arts, with the possible · exception of decoupage, is -a part, surely, of such successes as those at War Eagle, Prairie Grove, Bella Vista and Eureka ·Springs. Our failure to move 'into a discernible vacuum has permitted others to do so. I used to begrudge others' successes in what seemed to be a logical inheritance .for the seat of Lovely County. Lately, though, now that Fayetteville .has more or less cast its lot firmly as a center for experimental funny ordinances and recycling projects, all.there is to say about War Eagle, Springdale, etc., is: 'More Power ~ ·Em! Benefit Auction Set For March 17 By History Society Mar. 17 was set for the date of the annual auction sponsored ,by .the Washington County Historical Society at a Friday noon meeting of the Board of . The auction will be held at the National Guard Armory in Fayetteville and Col. Fred Hiett will be auctioneer. Proceeds will go to support Headquarters House. Persons having items to donate may call Tom Lavender general chairman, at 442-8830. It was reported contributions to the Ridge House Preservation Fund have totaled $3,000 since the drive re-opened in Decem ber. This brings cash contribii lions to approximately $18,001 and in-kind service to $20.000 leaving a balance of more than $20,000 in cash to be raised for the local share to match a historic preservation, grant Application for a $120,000 gran has been submitted. Mrs. Bernice Karnes wa appointed chairman of a newly formed genealogical committe by Dwain E. Manske,'president Committee members are Mrs Richard Lynch of Springdal and Mrs. Everett Whillock o Habbcrton. The first issue of this year' quarterly flashback is at th printers and will be maile .before the end of this month The Editor, Miss Dorris Hen drickson. also reported that th memoirs of Dr. H. E. Buchan nan of Prairie Grove will be published as a special bulletin The Board also authorized th purchase of a tape recorder be used in interviews. The tape will form the nucleus of collection of interviews on th early history of the county. It was announced thi membership for the year ha reached 454. Lloyd McConnell, secretary reported Farmlngton school hi r e q u e s t e d assistance preparing a history of Farmin ton to be used as a school text. Park Project Stalled For Lack Of Funds City Manager Donald L. Grimes will ask the Fayetteville Board of Directors to authorize him to seek a new source of funds for the stalled Lake Fayetteville parks project. The $120,000 project was held up recently when President Nixon impounded the source of federal funds. The money was among funds in the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) frozen by Nixon. The city had earmarked $19.500 for matching funds to apply toward the development of a hiking trail, two pavilions, cnic tables and playground uipment, construction of two aseball diamonds and a boat .ck. The plan also included a iture area with a study uilding to be constructed as joint project of the Fayette- le and Springdale public :hools. 643 ACRE SITE The 643-acrc site would be mong the largest municipal, arks in the state. North Little ock claims the largest with 575 acres at Burns Park. The Fayetteville site includes he 194-acre lake, which had erved as a city water supply, fhen the city started receiving s water from Beaver Lake two ears ago, it freed Lake Fay- tteville for development as a ark, Grimes said. Grimes will ask the directors o allow him to shift the ap ARMISTICE SIGNED War is Now Over; Officially An= nounced By The Authorities At Washington By Uaited PHM. - . . · Washington, November 11 th-The armistice is signed, officially. The terms will be announced this afternoon. Hostilities ceased at eleven o'clock this morning, Paris time. Armistice was signed at five this morning, Paris time. The State Department announced this at 2:46 this morning, Washington time. , Washington, Nov. ll~Germany has surrendered, accepting unconditionally FochV terms. Hostilities Ceased at 1 1 o'clock Paris Time The greatest war in all the world's history was virtually ended at five o'clock this morning when the German plenipotentiaries signed the Allied-United States armistice terms. This is according to an official dispatch from the state department made public this morning. The above information is the only news the State Department made public IX)NDON, NOV. 9-- "OFFICIAL BERLIN WIRELESS" STATES THAT THE KAISER HAS DECIDED TO ABDICATE. THE CROWN PRINCE HAS RENOUNCED THE THRONE. THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATS HAVE DECIDED NOT TO RESIGN FROM THE GOVERNMENT, PENDING THE DECISION OK THE ARMISTICE COMMISSION. AMSTERDAM, NOV. 9-- THE KAISER HAS TELEGRAPHED PRINCE MAX, ASKING HIM TO REMAIN CHANCELLOR UNTIL THE KAISER HAD MADE UP HIS MIND RE. CARDING ABDICATION. FIELD MARSHAL H1NDENBURG HAS DECIDED TO RESIGN IN THE EVENT OF THE KAISER'S ABDICATION. ALL RAILWAY COMMUNICATION WITH BERLIN HAS BEEN STOPPED. ALL ROADS IN THE/'. NEIGHBORHOOD OF BERLIN ARE GUARDED BY THE MILITARY AUTHORITIES. A STRONG PATROL IS STATIONED IN THE STREETS OF THE CITY DAY AND NIGHT. AS A RESULT OF THE STRIKE AT KRUPP'S, 75,000 WORKERS ARE IDLE. BUENOS AIRES, NOV. 9-- THE PAPER "LA NACION" THIS AFTERNOON PUBLISHED THE OFFICIAL REPORT FROM LONDON, STATING THE KAISER HAD ABDICATED. GERMANS STILL FLEE BEFORE ALLIED ARMIES; YANKS, FRENCH AND BRITISH IN PURSUIT; TAKE IMPORTANT LINES ilication for matching funds rom HUD to the federa Jureau of Outdoor Recreation BOR). Officials with the ecreation agency have indicated that they have money vailable. Grimes s a i d the Lake Fayetteville project would be 'lumped, in" with a city BOR application to develop neighbor- lood parks at elementary school sites. "I got word BOR has enough 'unds to fund both projects," Irimes said. W h e n the application is ready, "I'll cal! 30R and make sure they still lave the money available, then I'll jerk the one with HUD and send in the one to BOR," he said. A $10,000 project to landscape the median along Arkansas Avenue -had been part of the HUD application. Grimes said he would have to investigate whether that project met BOR r e q u i r e m e n t s before with drawing the HUD application for those funds. Miss Suzanne Leighton of Fayetteville contributed $5,000 to beautify the median. The Lake Fayetteville matter will come before, the Fayetteville Board of Directors at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. By (/niUd PI-MI. i LONDON; Nov. 9-- The great fortress city of Maubcuge has been captured, General Haig an- ·onncefl. "The British made good pro* X'reas south of that place," th- dfepatch staled. ON THE AMERICAN FRONT, KQT. 9 -- Amtriem tro*p» re- tmmtt Ihttr axl*Aiwe ** tht «a»t Hntt front betwera NorUi and MtrUi Dm*»H1eri, deipil* httry ni*. Tfcty are preuiiiz cTorc ·pen DM retreating: ea«mr, "d «t Hteelinr atran f m ichi« fin mEitanc* tram the German r«r (turd. BOCHP, BEGIN NEW RETREAT T« German! *re reperted to htrt btgan * new rel/tit notth- «*at of Vrrlim, and ire fleefif l*wiri Bfftj, center «f Hit freat French ITM ttuln. .TVtTi- tr-*ix nib* MTtheMt e* Verdva ··d tmlre ·!!*» twrOiwert «f HeU nd b*tire«* Wt4elk*vit *n4 a mtfb M4k of MM In !·· We*rra ftent n«a »fl Urt BlffM. The French ire 90* holrfinr Sedan, jl ia »lat*d. French R«aiml AlUtfc. PARIS, Nov. 9--The French relined their aluclc'on the whole front ill morninir, the war office. an- 3unced. During the n f B h l artillery nd machine gun activity oeciired at iveral pc-inti on thi front. General March Keileo Week. .WASHINGTON, NOT. »--«.«,- erkan forr.ee on Ihe Sedan front have ·tranced thirty Bailee Jn IMA Bait elf hi 4aja, Gi««nl March Hid Mar. He laid that the German arc now deprived of all railwaya from thi front and laid that we DOW hold linel radiating toward the front and'lali that we now hold llnei radiating rard Ihe front, which makea the iniftinf of enemy troopf difficult. The American idTarce hn aevi the Mett-VaJtrrflennM railway am the Allied advawei near Sedan Ha.' pnihed the German front frwn point thirty-ait. raileJ from Parii to a. point one hundred mile* away, T« dwlng German occupation of ^nnc territory from l«n Ihooaand aeMr* silkt Uat .My to 2£M iquare milee. Trotsky Resigns Report ZURICH, Nor. 9-- Leon TroUVy minlater, and formtr miaiiler foe the Ruiiiin Bolihavlk, jovemmtnt ha a iMiipierf, accord! diipaUr.es from Seling. Fore* K Bkaaiiky it reponta to have age ceeded him. Twelve .thouund rounUr «\I«U are reported to be tnircMn on Fetro^rad. 'GHOST *WALKS'*"FbR UNIV. S. A. T. C, MEN Ye»ferd*7 waa pay day f« ihe 600 net) In th* eoUetfate teclion of th: S, A. T. C. at the Uni«r»lty »f AT- lanpaa. The men tare been her* iinc« CMeber 1 and thia wit the Aral tin* 0M "rHo«l walked." AlUwnfli trahihr for comminioni aa oAcert, the men nc*\r» Uia regular P«7 devolution inHunland; Incendiary V United Fntt. LONDON, Nov. 9--Practically ill'Germany Is reported to aoethEng- In revolt. Dlapat* lave been received !mJl*(ing hat importint cities in all pirt* of the empire are In th« hands ol the reVoltillofiUts fo.to*lDg re ports received'that the count! tt workmen at Mtmlch had de :Iar*d Bavaria a republic. U I announced that the revolution* tats arc believed to hav* seized Dresden, the capital of Saiony. Rioting to reported at EMCH, ke^.lh* Kiel C*n»l by throwing w*r*hipi lenglhimt aerou it, «· njt lo diipaUhw received. The revolulioniiU ire reported lo torn\y dami/iala Hamburg Cuxhavcn COUNCIL OF DEFENSE MEETING AT BRADEN Thi «rrununity council.of 4,tf*nK den, tiic ftnt half of Ui» proffArn burn* dcvoUd lo ; United,.. Wn^WorV; THREE DEAD, 23 INJURED TRAIN WRECK pUni »nl Ihe lall«r hi!f to * ; Mat of the K works. of the Krupp nun WOT ARSON IN BERLIN. THE HAGUE, Nov. 9--Vn- confirmed reports hav« been re- eived that insurgcnta in Berlin re setting fire to the pwtoflce nd the city hall PARIS, NAv. . rom Zurich today reported and Ormed that MaidailUn, the BUtl Kt COPENHAGEN, . r, hui realfiwd. »4 SoMitn' Council By Unittt Prt»t. ELGIN, III.. Nir. ft-OM ·» !· ripmUd killed a*4 tfcn* Mr tMilf ImJurrf *n4 Iftm ilijMly nrt wKfB a troop tr*[ fra» lUckford »ruk tfc* C. B. 4 Q, ·***«·( tr trite wnt rf Airwi. moriil to Olivir SUw«rt ind AW* Finch, mho hiv« glv«n UvfTr llv«» In rmnt conflict »nd yho ice rep led en tiit Briefer, iirvlcp flic by gold t(*ri, Sptikeu from tow will be en the fjagrtm ind ipceii muiie will b« a feature. SHIPMENT OF FRUIT FITS TO BE MADE All.tenlrifcijlori to thi,W*iWngtpi lounty collection of fruit pill an nut jtitlli ire reqatitfl 1 to delivt m.ribulion Tueiday «(· Wi rtrtdiy afternoon U the.Ba^m bulk tht fait ilde'of "the tquit« r i o tend Uiem btfori Tuciday of ne: week to thtir grocer. Trucka ni ·ailed the pita and thelli new fcctn ',air\id in to irrocen and » ihipi will be mirft lo Red CTOII ililc quirttri ThiiTiiUy by Mr*. W, ^A RirnHXi chairman of the Bed CTOI* Ti LuiitinU sinkingj K«w H9 C«n»trvfttioa C«mm.U«*. ' ' planned anil azttmUd, Is vlvldl?' f MY YEARS IN GERMANY, it tim trrfa Th«alr« T - · - . carrying 12,004 Camp Grant idrfitr* who.wirVtriKwU to Chietf» ta attend th* foolba.1i. (imt th«r« Uil» rnoon, A Itf«liv* block ilrail lyiUm U blamed for thi wrtcV. ELGIN, Nov. 9-- Two mot* »0T- ditri who wer* lijnrfd in Ihe wreck of x troop tnin thlt morntriff* died. tiU to Aaron HotpiUl. Relief tralni are carrying- twenty moT« who wert injured. Th* troop Usin w» bluff, ·Utini: "III *Uy htr« until Hell frMtea ever" Sec tMi In MY FOUR YEARS IN GERMANY, Lyrte Thtatrt Tionday miHim and nlfht _ tH. Yw MISS IT '« TM MISS TT. -My F«r Yt*« i A Peace Extra Survives The Years a .--.it Carl Smith, who for many years was water superintendent and city engineer (or the city of Fayetteville, sent the TIMES this "extra", .published here on the occasion of the signing of the Armistice at the end o! World War I, Nov. 11, 5918. He writes: ' "I was the makeup man for the paper and put this extra together about 3 a.m., on Nov. 11. Please note the price of the paper was 45 cents a month and the total circulation, was 1,530. . i "I also ran the paper -on a hand fed circular 'press which took about hours to print ' the 1,530 copies. U may 'be of interest that I also set all adds by hand fro.m type in cases. , "I received for full time wofk a total of $9 per week." It will be noticed that the stories at that' time were provided by the United Press; that the resignation of Ltfpn Trotsky of Russia is reportM: and that a headline includes ·the expression "The Ghost.Walks'/' which was used in those dt^s lp·mean paychecks were pas«4 out - ' .

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