Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 27, 1976 · Page 1
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Food tax rebate eyed in sales tax B y J O I I N S K E L M Y K H Tribune Staff Writer An ordinance calling for an additional one per cent Greeley sales lax will be introduced for first reading at Tuesday's city council meeting. A tataed-about rebate of the sales tax on food won't be part of that ordinance, but it's probable a rebate amendment will be proposed Tuesday. Councilwoman Irtna Princic said Thursday she'll probably introduce the amendment, which calls for a $5-pcr- person rebale on the sales tax to families with annual incomes under $5,400. Mrs. Princic said she's philosophically opposed to any food sales lax, bul said outright exemption of food from the tax would dramatically lower the city's sales tax revenues. Assl. City Manager Tom Dority has estimated the food sales tax generates approximately $300,000 for each penny of tax. Mrs. Princic said her proposal for a rebate to low-income families represents a compromise between her philosophical beliefs and the city's financial needs. At the council committee-of-the-whole meeting Thursday, Councilman Warren Terry and Mayor George Hall indicated they might support the rebate if city staff members find it wouldn't cause administrative headaches. Councilman Richard Boettcher and Tom Starr indicated, however, thai they presently don't see any need for the rebate. "If I'm going to raise it (the sales tax), I'm going to raise it," Starr said. "I'm not going to turn around and give it back." City staff members will prepare figures showing the cost of a food tax rebate before council discusses the issue Tuesday. At Thursday's meeting, council was again split on whelhere to take the tax to a general vote. Filipino assessors here Eight provincial tax assessors from The Philippines arc in Greeley this week studying taxing procedures here under a U.S.-Philippines sponsored study program. Here they meet with Weld Treasurer Mike Loustalet, left, and Assessor Herb Hanson, right. Their visit to Weld was arranged by the University of Southern California, from where their study started, because Weld's taxing procedures were judged by USC among the best in the U.S., Hansen said. Theirvisit here has included a complete study of taxing procedures, visit to the State Legislature, and Weld's county commissioners. They leave Saturday to study taxing in Mariposa County, Arizona before returning for wrap-up sessions at USC. (Tribune photo by Ron Stewart) Drainage stressed at hearing on upgrading Greeley streets Residents living near the northern stretches of 35lh Avenue Thursday expressed support for upgrading the street, bul said drainage problems should be solved when street work is done. About 10 persons attended a public hearing at Franklin School to discuss improving 35th Avenue between 4th Street and U.S. 34 by-pass and 20th Street between 28th and 59lh Avenues. The city government has proposed using a combination of federal and local funds to upgrade the streets to arterial Inside the Tribune (44 pages, 2 sections) Abby 21 Hospital Agri-news Ili Markets Classified 34-41 Obituaries Comics 20 Sporls Crossword 2fi Theater Editorial A TV log lleloise 20 Weather Horoscope 18 WnVspgs. Today's press rim: l!U:ll If you have not received your Sat Tribune by a a.m., call 352-0211. r, ·12 o 27-29 2f, 6 19-21 urday levels. Arterial streets are designed to carry the largest traffic loads in the city. Those residents at the meeting seemed to favor upgrading 35th Avenue, especially because federal funds would cover the cost of curbs, gutters and sidewalks alone the street. They told city officials, however, that drainage problems along tile street north of Huh Street must be snlved. Public Works Director Wendell Burgess said drainage improvements would probably be completed along with the street work. Residents said improvement of Uie street would improve driver safety, but they said steps should be taken to insure the safety of children crossing the school lo Franklio School at 7th Street and 35th Avenue. Construction of bike paths along both 20lh Street and 35Ui Avenue also was favored by those at Thursday's meeting. A meeting lo discuss the improvements Wednesday at Meeker School saw strong support for bike paths along Ihe streets. Improvements of Ihe two streets is tentatively scheduled for 1977. Federal funds would pay about 75 per cent of the cost, with city and Weld County paying for the rest. City planning officials are presently preparing an environmental impact statement on the proposal. First draft of (he statement is scheduled for completion in mid-June. Police seek thief, rare tropical fish Maybe the shoplifter had a pocket full of water. Or maybe the shoplifter was o hungry cat. But whatever the explanation, the Pet Emporium, 720 9th St., was missing a $20 fish from one of its aquariums Thursday afternoon. Greeley police were told that someone took a $20 brown and purple Discus fish from one of Ihe fish tanks at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Store owners said the fish is about four inches in diameter and has red eyes. Today's chuckle Actually, there are no new sins. The old ones just get better publicity these days. Councilman John Sapp again supported a vote and Starr predicted citizens will force a referendum vote on (he tax if it's accepted. If that happens, Starr said, it's likely the additional sales (ax will be defeated. Murphy strongly disagreed. Mrs. Princic and Hall argued strongly against an election on the sales tax. Hall said the capital improvements program to be funded with the sales tax is a requirement of the city's charter. In instituting the tax, Hall said, the council will be carrying out charter requirements which have been ignored in the past. Most members of the council said they support funding the public improvements through the sales tax in an attempt to lessen property tax burdens. Terry said a brief check with the Weld County Assessor's office showed an ongoing reassessment of property in the oily is likely to result in property tax increases of 30 to 50 per cent next year, even if mill levies remain at their present level. "I would like to sec the sales tax to take some of the bit out of what I think it going to happen with this reassessment," Terry said. The sales tax is estimated to produce $1.8 million annually at present sales levels. Among items which would bi 1 funded through the public i m p r o v e m e n t s program are streets and parks i m - provement and upgrading of c i t y equipment. Council has agreed lo scheduler public hearing on the proposed increase between I'ir.sl and final reading of the ordinance. Tlit- final reading also includes a public hearing. In addition, council members said, they're available !) talk to groups or individuals about Ihe proposed increase If Ihe tax isn't delayed, it could possibly be in effect by early May. AND THE G R E E L E Y REPUBLICAN Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 Weekly Tribune Established 1870 VOL. 68, NO. 109 G R E E L E Y , COLORADO80631 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1976 Weld may ask state's position on Parkland By KON TOLLBFSON Tribune Staff Writer Weld County Commissioners are slated to vote Monday on seeking a stand from the Colorado Land Use Commission on a controversial proposal for a subdivision with airstrip near Erie -- and indications are the county board will ask for that state stand. ' Meeting Thursday in an all-day work session, the commissioners also indicated they will act in about a week on appointments to charter-enlarged county boards and commissions. An assessment of current make-up of four key appointed county boards indicates nearly two-thirds of the current 27 members are from west Greeley or the west-central Weld area around Windsor and Eaton. Under home rule charter requirements, the commissioners have established six geographic -population-based dislricls in the county, using school dislrict boundaries. Charter requires six district and three at-large members each on the appointed county planning, health and /oning adjustment bodies. However an assessment of Uie 27 current members of the p l a n n i n g , health, zoning adjustment and library bodies shows 1(1 of those members living cither in Ihe west-Greeley or Windsor- Eaton area districts that have been created by the commissioners. And of those 27 current board members, it bare Iwo each conic from Ihe past -Greeley and southwest-Weld district areas that have been created. Charter requires the nine-member boards for planning, health and zoning adjustment - but leaves up to the commissioners how other appointed bodies, except the seven-in ember Weld General Hospital board, will be sized and appointed. Current boards: -- Planning Commission: currently five voting and four non-voting, bul to bo enlarged to nine v o t i n g ; -current make-up shows two d i s l r i c t ureas unrepresented and two with four and three members each. Current m a k e - u p compared to districts: District 1 (norlh Weld), Tim Weigand. Ault; District 2 (Windsor- Eaton area i. Harry Ashley. Windsor, and J. Ben Nix. Dean Scverin and Chuck Cnrlsnn, all Eaton area; District :t iwcsl Greeley-E vans'. Jim G r a h a m . Bill Elliott. Marj Yost, all Crceley; District 4 (east G r e e l e y - E v a n s ) , no representation; District r(V;illey, Roosevelt. Tri- Town areas), no representation; District Continued on page 2 Lamm finds humor in rebuke of editors DENVER (AP) - Gov. Richard Lamm jokingly told reporters today that his wife now refers to him as "excellency" since he demanded thai a group of newspaper editors stand up for his introduction. The governor displayed his temper last week at an Associated Press luncheon when-- after he was introduced--few editors and reporters stood. "I want them tostand, I want them to stand, goddamnit," Lamm said to one of the editors near him. Asked if he had learned anything about himself since the incident, Lamm said, "I asked my wife whether or not she saw any change in p»*. "She said '"Nothing's apparent, your excellency. 1 " Weather N O R T H E R N COLORADO Variable high cloudiness and mild through Saturday. Highs both days COs and low 70s. Lows tonight upper 20s and 30s. Variable winds 5-lSm.p.h. today and tonight. Rangeland fire danger very high. Meanwhile, as Lamm was laughing at himself, Democrats and Republicans on the House floor were ribbing each other about the incident. Rep. Larry Hobbs, K-Morrison, brought a magazine article to the attention of lawmakers. The article was in the September issue of Denver, and Morrison quoted directly from an interview w i t h L a m m . He did not. however, mention Lamm's name directly, only referring to him as "a politician." D u r i n g the i n t e r v i e w Lamm was asked about how his being governor had affected his children. Hooos read: "When my kids see people acting as they do toward me rising when I enter the room and all that -- it can be an unhealthy experience in that (hey can get delusions of grandeur, and they potentially think of 'hemselves as someone special." Mobbs put particular emphasis on the "delusions of grandeur" remark as he read the interview ,it the microphone. Hep. Morgan, Smith. D-Rrighion. who was acting as speaker in the absence of Ruben Valdcz. I) Denver, said: "Speaking of delusions of g r a n d e u r reminds me of your congressional campaign. Representative Hobbs." 4o* West Slope energy key, Vanderhoof says By KICK SHAW Trihimc-UNC Intern Former Gov. John V a n d e r h o o f , president of Club 20, advocated 'development of the Western Slope in Colorado and ils neighbors, as he addressed (he Northern Chapter of Professional Engineers of Colorado at the American Legion Post No. )R Thursday night. Vanderhoof repfpsonled Club 20, a group of various special interests promoting industry, development and growth in western Colorado. Vanderhoof focused bis speech on Ihe depiction of the country's current energy resources and the time loft lo replace them with new resources. "Whether we like it or not, our future lies in the Rocky Mountain west. Western Colorado and its neighbors play a significant role in what will save this county," Vanderhoof said. "There are things we ran predict -things which are inevitable. We can predicl that every oil well will go dry. and there is little more in this area to be developed. Scientists say we have 10 to 20 years left for fuel oil for industrial purposes," Vanderhoof said. Vanderhoof said the area west of the Continental Divide makes up 40 per cent of Colorado's geography and has most of its natural resources minerals, nun ting, fishing and for awhile, water. He said the Western Slope is rich with coal, shale and uranium, of which Colorado has all three. Colorado has three lypcs of coal, of which one is of the highest quality. Vanderhoof said the western area is an economically unique place. With all of its natural resources it has substantial unemployment and no major industries. He said, "The biggest export of the area arc its young people. Only 17'i- per cent of the high school graduates remain in the area each year. Approximately 200,0011 high school graduates leave." Vanderhoof proposes to use the potential energy resources to encourage industry and growth in the western area. To finance development of the area, Club 20 has submitted proposals to the legislature lo: --Put a reasonable tax on energy resources used and recycle part of it back into the Western communities. -Create guaranteed loans for the communities, to be paid back by the users and the tax on energy resources, to develop facilities to meet the demands of larger communities which will come with industrial development. -Develop a method for taxing on a population basis, to be shared for projects located between communities. Vanderhoof said, with the new projects and industry, the area could support people from the crowded metropolitan areas in communities of manageable size. He said the development of the Western Slope's resources would make the area more valuable than Denver's worlh. "We could have the highest average family income in the world. The area is so rich it could make the Arabs look cheap," he said. Vanderhoof said he feels solar energy is fine for Colorado, but other areas in the country which don't receive as much sunshine will need other energy resources. He said we don't have to ravage the land, it can be saved with every conservational method available. He feels areas which have, been mined and have undergone reclamation are far superior to areas not minded. "Nature has tried to tear it down for 300 million years, "he said. The mined land would have its contour changed to a form which would protect from further erosion and promote growth. Vandprshoof snid, "It is the greatest challenge of the United States," referring to energy resource replacement. "All we have to do is rprogni?p thr problem and lo help people understand what has to be done." "We can not only survive, but we can survive well," he said. Prehistoric whole found A fire d e p a r t m e n t lielici'pter was used lo l i f t n rocky deposit imbedded w i t h par! of a prrliislori: 1 wl^lo's skeleton from (he beach near HIP P.ilns Vcrdes section of Los Angeles Tnesd.iy Julie Ililriebranri, a siuhlseer. loui'hes the riu-k a f l r i it w.is cliff. The find w;is lif.'illl.'inl M'MT.il nvt I n s U t i y museum sm- as "a pretty Wiropholoi

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