The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on May 27, 1976 · Page 12
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A--12 Thorny, M»y 17, 1976 Th« D*ly Inter Uk«. Kdxpcll, Monlin* letters to the editor Student expresses need for levy support VOTE For The Man EDITOR: As a student of Flathead Valley Community College, involved in reporting and investigating its troubles as well as its triumphs, I am urging you to support your school and the mill levy today. Since becoming involved with some of the staff and faculty, I have been made aware of problems which trouble the school. Some are complex, some are the usual ones which can be found in any school or other large organization. But the most immediate one and the one that can be most immediately solved is the one involving money. Denying the school the requested mill levy to complete its proposed budget for next year will not solve any of these problems. It will in fact only serve to intensify them and to negate many of the positive accomplishments of the school. But even more important, if the requested levy fails, it not only hurts the school, but also (he community in which it exists, ft has been shown in many articles and letters printed in this paper and others what the economic and cultural impact of the school upon the community is. In terms of dollars, it brings an estimated $4.5 million into the community. In terms of cultural events, it produces plays such as the excellent one now showing, "Black Comedy," and music concerts, both of which the community enjoys not only as an audience, but often as participants and performers. The educational opportunities are obvious. Anyone in the community can enroll to broaden his own educational background. The low cost of the college encourages many people to attend, and allows parents with several children of college age to assist them. The college, the institution, of course, would prevail. But it can't function to as high a standard as it has in previous years, or continue its positive growth without the passage of this levy. 1 urge you, therefore, to support your community, as weil as your community college by voting for the levy today. Roger Hopkins Editor of FVCC's student newspaper Mnemosyne Who Wi Represent 'You' In The legislature And Not Be A .. Puppet For Special Interest I And Pressure Groups! He Is.. Emery Willlake Representative explains college funding FT^TTYVJJ· *.^:~j TII i_ _ ...-...« ,,_., ., ... . . . . . . . ^^ EDITOR: As the chief sponsor of House Bill 513 to fund the community college, I am very concerned about the necessity for continued local support of FVCC. It has been stated on several occasions, locally, that the legislature was responsible for the shortage of funding of the college, and to clarify this, I offer the following information. HB 624, which I also sponsored, is in effect now. Before, we had $531,000 in state funds appropriated by the legislature, in addition to 1177,000 three-mill local, tuition, federal funds, etc. After, for 1975-76 we have $631,000 in state funds appropriated by the legislature with an additional $50,000 in state funds from the discretionary regents fund, and this is a total of $681,000 of state funds appropriated, thus there is an increase of $150,000. Then we have another $200,000 three-mill local plus 65-35 (House Bill 624) and tuition, federal funds etc. Now, for 1976-77 we have $671,000 state funds appropriated. This is $150,000 more than 197475 and $50,000 more than 1975-76. However, we lost the $50,000 discretionary fund at this point. Then we have $200,000 three-mill local plus. 65-35 for House Bill 624, tuition, federal funds, etc. Therefore, state funds due to action of the legislature, are up by $150,000 each year. This increase has reflected an increase in local funds due to the 65-35 formula provided by the legislature. Tuition is up due to an increase in the number of students, miscellaneous also is up due to an increase of students, so the only loss has been federal funds, income which cannot be attributed to the legislature, but to local administration only. The House Bill 513 rebate of three mills of the six mill university system will be in effect for 1977-78, (which means six mills locally) which in dollars, will mean that local monies move from $200,000+ to $300,000+ without an increase in local property tax. I suggest that the legislature was totally responsive and the administration failed on federal dollars, so we do need to pass the proposed levy for the coming year and House Bill 513 will solve the problem from 1977 on, provided the local administration stays on top of other funding. The state monies, and local monies are on a firm base due to the action of the legislature. Tuition, etc, also are in good shape and are providing increases, but what we need now, is good administration to maintain outside sources and get new sources for any new or additional programs. The legislature was responsive, and responsible and should be thanked, not tanked by the present administration. The two House bills which I sponsored were a bi-partisan effort and at this time I would like to publicly thank senators Bob Brown and Matt Himsl for their help in putting them through the Senate. As a supporter of the fine arts program at the college, I am chagrined to see the drama, music and TCE courses eliminated from the curriculum, as well as the other important programs which are necessary for a vital and growing educational system. I strongly urge voters to support the mill levy. The Community College greatly contributes to the economy of the Flathead Valley. Because of this contribution we need to encourage this type of industry. Bob Finley Representative District 19 1. Concerned! 2. A Family Man 3. A life Long Resident Of The Flathead Valley 4. A land Owner And Taxpayer In Dist. 17 5. Chairman Of The Board Of Trustee*, School Dist. 26 6. Concerned About Property Taxes! 7. Concerned About The Spreading State Government! 8. Concerned About The Increasing Rules And Regulations That Are Being Forced Upon Us! 9. Concerned About The Land Use Laws! 10. Concerned About The Influence That Special Interest And Pressure Groups Had On Our '75 Legislature! 11. Concerned About The Economy In District 17! 12. Concerned About YOU...The People In District 17! Vote For Emery Wittlake State Representative For Dlst. 1 1 ·Paid Pol. Ad By Emery WiltlaVe For St. Rep., Marian Ke'ly. Sec. Treas. NEWSpapers give you more CONTINUES THEIR BIG CLOSED THRU SUNDAY, MAY 30th! ENTIRE INVENTORY REDUCED! REDUCTIONS UP TO ^^^^^^ · · · · · · · · · · · · · · K A K K K A A . . ' V w 'llll I Buy NOW And SAVE Like Never Before! - ALL SALES FINAL...NO EXCHAHGES...NO REFUNDS! n! B iS?, N c? 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