The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 16, 1976 · Page 1
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Hays, Kansas
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Thursday, December 16, 1976
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Our 48th Year—No. 30 , The Hays Daily News HAYS, KANSAS (67601), THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 16, 1976 3 SECTIONS 2H PAGES 15 CENTS Corfer Appoints See! Even with your eyes closed It's plain to see that state spending, If left unchecked, could send Kansas over the fiscal brink. Gov. Robert Bennett, pointing to one of the charts he brought along to his town hall meeting here Wednesday evening, outlines the problems of preparing a state budget. To keep the state solvent, he advocates reduced spending rather than increased taxes. Road Improvement Funds In Governor's Budget By JIM COOK Of The News Staff A five-year highway im- provdment program, including several projects in Western Kansas, will be announced Monday, Governor Robert Bennett revealed here Wednesday night. But the project, to cover 5,378 miles throughoul the state, was the only crack in Bennett's tight-fisted fiscal policy for 1977. Bennett spoke to about 120 people at the Fort Hays Experiment Station auditorium as part of his series of "town hall meetings." He was to speak at Goodland and Ulysses Friday. Bennett would not reveal details of the highway im- provement plan, but said it included a $5 million project east of the Ellis-Russell county line and a $3.5 million project in Ellis county. Both would be on Interstate 70. Other projecls, he said, will be on Highway 183 near Plainville and Phillipsburg, and on Highway 283 near Hill City. Bennett fielded questions on a variety of subjects, soliciting the public's ideas for solutions to state problems. His responses all carried the same ring, however — the state must cut expenses or raise taxes. Bennett categorized the state budgetary process as similar to home or business Bloomer's Parole Request Denied LANSING - The Kansas Adult Authority Wednesday denied a parole application by Harry" Jack Bloomer, serving a life sentence for the shooting death of WaKeeney policeman Al Claycamp in 1962. Devon Knoll, director of the Adult Authority, said the board "conducted a full Norvell Files For Divorce State Senator-elect Joseph F. Norvell Thursday filed for divorce in Ellis County District Court. He married Nina Ballinger of Stockton on June 17, 1975, while a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. Norvell's court petition states that "differences have arisen (between the two) and by said differences, plaintiff and defendant are not compatible." They have "amicably made an equitable division of all of their property," according to the petition. "In our position, it is the only rational, mature thing to do under the circumstances," Norvell told The Daily News. Norvell, 26, will continue to live in Hays while serving his first term in the Kansas Senate from the 37th district. Mrs. Norvell said she plans to finish school in the spring. She is a senior majoring in art education at Fort Hays State. review" of Bloomer's caSte before denying the request. Bloomer had said he hoped to work in Kansas City to support his mother. Knoll told The Daily News that petitions from WaKeeney area residents were considered in the board's decision. "Our board felt the petitions were a valid expression of the community attitude," Knoll said. "We also considered the case 'itself and Bloomer's record in prison. Bloomer's next eligibility for a parole hearing will be in January, 1978, according to Knoll. Claycamp died when he and Trego County Sheriff, Chet McAtee picked up Bloomer and a companion as they hitchiked near WaKeeney. McAtee was wounded in the incident. Bloomer's companion, was a juvenile girl whom he was helping to run away from home. The girl, Shirley Nixon, was absolved of blame in the shooting and turned over to Nebraska juvenile authorities. operations, with one major exception. "At home, if you have a needy item, you can go to your friendly full-service Kansas banker," he quipped. "But the state does not have that opportunity." Under the state's cash basis law, the state cannot borrow long-term notes. Topics discussed at the two- hour session; — Julius Cohen, assistant Director of the High Plains Mental Health Center of Hays, suggested that the state close one of its three state mental hospitals, and divert those funds to the states 29 private mental health centers. Cohen said the centers are now absorbing most of the state's patients, but receive only $1.68 million in state aid, while the state spends about $25 million annually on the hospitals. Bennett said, "I would be more than happy to follow this suggestion, if we could be sure thai everyone would be served, and in so doing the money spent would be sufficient for operations." The Governor said he was aware of the reduced head count at stale mental institutions, and that the stale has already closed its Chanute facility. — A number of questioners .asked about the problems of ' Fort Hays State in getting what college officials consider adequate funding. Bennett acknowledged that he does not favor the present system -of funding state schools based on enrollment. "I truly hope this is the last year we fund on head count. I think this is part of your problem," he said. Bennetl said he favors doing away with "formula financing," based on previous budgets and percentage increases. And he thinks Ihe Board of Regents will devise a system of zero- base budgeting. Bennelt also said he is "fully aware" of the condition of Rarick Hall at FHS. He plans to review the school's proposal for a new classroom building Friday, although no final decision will be made then. "I would put it on a relatively high priority," he said of the new slruclure, "bul we must meet i our budget." — Franze Gourley, director of the Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission, asked Bennett to consider increasing state financing of such groups from $50,000 to $60,000 annually. "We have a high interesl in Ihe educalion of our youlh, and wanl to keep them in Kansas," Gourley said. "Bennetl queslioned the advisability of such an increase for each planning commission in the state, but said, "we will do what we can. Your problem is your program is no longer as popular with the federal governmenl as il once was." — Bennett said the state has reached no decision on the future of the state's meat and poultry inspection program. He was told local livestock dealers are fearful of increased costs and bureaucratic -tangles under the strictly federal program. Bennetl said Ihe state presently spends about $1 million annually on the program, with Ihe federal governmenl spending a like amount Should Ihe federal government handle the job exclusively, Bennett said, "they have told us there would be no increases in costs unless Ihere were major capital improvements. — Superintendent of Schools Harvey Ludwick and USD board member George Gatschet questioned the governor about the district's problems in getting vocational-technical courses for the area. Bennett said, "I think your only hope now is with the legislature. We'll do whatever we can to help." He advised them to "take caution and explore every other aspect before starting a new school" in Hays. Gatschet said the board has considered such an idea. — Bennett acknowledged 17 positions for social workers to deal with child abuse had been Please Turn To Page 2 BENNETT Property Tax Collections Flood Treasurer's Office HE'S LEAPING FOR JOY OVER. THE GIFT YOU'RE GETTING ME/ ONLV 8 PAYS. By SCOTT SE1RER Of The News Staff Many folks wait until the last minute to pacify the tax collector and, for that.reason, County Treasurer Mike Billinger and his crew are bracing themselves for a flurry of paperwork. The deadline for paying property taxes on time is Monday. Without fail, utilities and big corporations pay their bill on the final day. Many individuals follow that practice as well. Billinger expects a crowd of taxpayers to come calling Friday and an even bigger crowd Monday. By far, however, most taxpayers simply mail their statements and checks to the treasurer. "That's the way we like it because people don't have to wait." Receipts are mailed to the taxpayers. "It's more efficient on our end," Billinger explained, because tellers don't have to chit-chat with the customers or wait while checks are written. But, he added, "some people just wouldn't think of mailing (their checks) in." Included in that crowd are the complainers. Most hotheads realize that although the treasurer prepares the bills, governing bodies determine the size of the tax bite. Nonetheless, some unsatisfied residents "like to get it off their chests." "We've had a lot of complaints from Ellis," Billinger said. Some residents there were surprised that the new high school under construction is thirsty for dollars. With the increased school tax, City of Ellis residents are paying 110.5 mills in tax. That's by far the biggest tax bite in the county. Other levies are: Hays, 91.26 mills; Victoria, 80.99 mills and Schoenchen, 71.26 mills. Young To U.N. Post PLAINS, Ga. (UPI) — President-elect Jimmy Carter Thursday tabbed black Georgia Congressman Andrew Young, a former civil rights activist, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Carter scheduled a 2:30 p.m. EST news conference at which he apparently also planned to designate former federal budget director Charles Schultze and Columbia University Prof. Zbigniew Brzezinski to key advisory posts in his administration. Young, Schultze and Brzezinski all flew here for the news conference. Schultze was reported chosen by Carter to chair the prestigous presidential Council of Economic Advisers and Brzezinski to become the new chief executive's national security affairs adviser. "I recognize its going to be a difficult job and I guess I'm crazy enough to try it," said Young on arrival here. He said he was convinced Carter planned changes in foreign policy, especially toward Africa. Young, 44, a former lieutenant of slain^civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and one of Carter's strongest supporters, would replace William Scranton as the nation's representative to the United Nations. Young, 44, had said earlier he was "seriously considering" the U.N. job although he was reluctant to leave Congress. Young, the first black elected to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction, won a third term in the Nov. 2 general election. Young's press aide, Tom Offenburger, said Young had not decided whether to give up his seat in Congress when the next session begins or wait until after he gets Senate approval for the position. Offenburger also said Young had not decided on what procedure he would take in making his decision .known to Gov. George Busbce, who would have to call a special election for the 5th District seat. Szhullze, 52, was federal budget director under former President Lyndon Johnson and is currently a member of the prestigious Brookings Institution in Washington. He has a reputation as a tireless worker and hard-headed administrator. The 48-year-old Brzezinski, a native of Poland and considered an expert on the Soviet Union, was one of Carter's major campaign advisers on foreign policy. All three nominations must be approved by the Senate. Young is a also close friend of Carter's. The two-term Democratic congressman from Atlanta was an executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the early 1960s and helped the draft 1964 Civil Rights act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Young recently said on returning from an African trip that black African nations were extremely pleased at Carter's victory in the presidential election. He earlier Resisted taking a position in the Carter administration, telling reporters on several occasions he fell it would be better (o serve in Congress. The U.N. post carries Cabinet rank. Carter has already named his secretaries of slate, treasury and transportation. Press Secretary Jody Powell, meanwhile, confirmed that Rep. Barbara Jordan, D-Tex., is under consideration for the position of Attorney General, and said that Carter still has not made a selection for (he important role of Secretary of Defense. Dr. Harold Brown, president of California Institute of Technology, was said to be high on the list of those being considered, as is former Defense Secretary James Schlcsinger. Schlesinger, backed by labor leaders and advocates of strong defense, also may be In line for the post of energy administrator. Powell acknowledged that Carter is aware of labor's preferences, but doubled that pressure from any quarter would have an impact on Carter's decisions on his official family. Carter summoned Sen. Henry Jackson, D-Wash., to Plains Wednesday to discuss future energy policies and procedures. Jackson Insisted that he made no recommendations to Carter on cabinet personnel. Nor, he said, was his advice sought on that score. Jackson said he plans to contact Sen. Abraham Rlbicoff, U-Conn., chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, and Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Tex., chairman of the operations committee in the House, to discuss reorganization plans. Consolidating all the energy agencies involved would take congressional approval. It is apparent that the President-elect has run into obstacles, since two possible Cabinet appointees have turned him down. Carter disclosed at his Tuesday news conference that Jane Cahill Pfeifer of New York had wilhdrawn from consideration as secretary of commerce for personal reasons, and Franklin Thomas of New York, president of the Bedford Stuyvcsant Redevelopment Corp., told Carter he was, not in a position to be considered for cabinet service. Thomas reportedly was among those considered qualified to be Secretary of Housing. Arabian Sheik Walks Out On OPEC Summit Meeting Reading at 2 p.m.:.63 Low this morning: 22 Record high: 74 in 1962 Record low: -7 in 1914 Year ago today 38 and 22 Wednesday's High 58 Clear to partly cloudy and unseasonable warn- this afternoon through Friday. Windy this afternoon with highs in the low to mid 60s. Lows tonight upper 20s to lower 30s. Highs Friday upper 60s to lower 70s. West to southwest winds 10 to 25 rnph and gusty this afternoon diminishing this evening. DOHA, Qatar (UPI) — Faced with a majority demand for a 15 per cent increase in oil prices, Saudi Arabia's Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani walked out of the, 13- nalion oil ministers meeting Thursday and flew home to consult on his call for a six- month price freeze. Yarani's walkout came after other ministers assailed his demand for a price freeze. There was some doubt whether, he would return. Iranian Oil Minister Jamshid Amouzegar refused to predict exactly where the price would go, saying, "We have to lalk to Saudi Arabian Sheik Yamani when he comes back." But the oil minister of the United Arab Emirates, Mama Saeed Al-Otaiba, said he doubted Yamani would return, and added that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which is holding a summit meeting here, was going through Ihe grealesl crisis of its history. The 12 remaining ministers resumed their discussions afler Yamani's walkout, including further talks about price levels. Yamani called for a price freeze because the recovery of the world economy had not been as strong as hoped, bul Amouzegar said his govern- menl thinks a 15 per cent increase could be easily afforded by the developed world. _, "If my government Ihought 15 per cent would damage the economy of the West, we would not have proposed it," Amouzegar said. "It is our conviction, our belief, that 15 per cent is not going to damage the economy of the Uniled Slates, Germany, Japan, and other major industrial countries." Amouzegar said there are two or three countries in the European Common Market that might "suffer a bit"—he mentioned Britain specifically but said its difficulties would last only for a year, until it brings its own oil reserves on slream. For the underdeveloped countries, Amouzegar said, OPEC would increase its special aid fund by $1.2 billion to compensate them for their exlra oil expenditures. He said that while 14 countries consume 90 per cent of oil produced by OPEC nations, 130 countries share the rest, a total of about 800,000 barrels a year. He estimated a 15 per cent price hike on the developed countries' share would cost them about $1.2 billion. Earlier, Qatari Oil Minister Sheikh Al Thani said the price discussions were centering on Ihe 15 per cenl figures he said was favored by a majority. Tax Collector Surrounded by piles of work that need immediate attention, Gayla Bleker processes tax statements that were mailed to the county treasurer's office. With the Monday tax paying deadline looming, she expects even .'more work to be tossed onto the table. Work hasn't become paramount, however. Note the cakes, candy and pie in the foreground that will be eaten during coffee breaks. The goods were baked to help office employe Laura Waslnger celebrate her birthday Thursday.

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