Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 16, 1973 · Page 65
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 65

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 16, 1973
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Mon., April U. 1*73 GREELEY (Goto.) TRIBUNE A-Z9 Bayly expansion to boost output BAYLY PRODUCTION --Part of the two million pairs of western-cut jeans for men and boys that will be produced at Bayly Manufacturing Co. this year near completion. Bayly's 16-year-old Grecley plant employs 230. City's sales, use tax produces million since 1969 start By FRANK COLOIIAN Tribune Staff Writer The one pnr cent sales and use tax has produced approximately $4 million in revenue for the city since collection of the tax was started in 1969 amid hitter controversy. This is about a half million dollars more lhan the city has received in the same period from the property tax levy which, up until 1909, was the city's principal source of revenue. The sales tax was first proposed formally by former City Councilman Ernest B. Scott in September, 1967, after former City Manager · B. H. Crure submitted a proposed budget for 1968 which would have required an increase in the property lax mill levy from the then 17.75 mills to 23.25 mills. Scott said he. didn't see how the mill levy could be held to loss than 21 mills for 1968 unless a sales tax was enacted. He estimated a one per cent sales tax would produce about $800,000 a year in revenue and proposed (hat, if Ihe sales tax was adopted, the property tax levy he reduced lo around 10 mills. On Oct. 10 of that year, the council set Ihe mill levy for 1968 at 19.6 mills and, on Nov. 7, a sales tax ordinance was introduced at the council's regular meeting. However, the ordinance was labled because newly elected councilmen had not yet taken office. There was no further action regarding a sales lax until Sept. 23,1968, when council members at a budget study session agreed unanimously they would supportenactment of a one cent sales tax ordinance. This agreement was reached after Cmce had advised the council member lhat Ihe budget he had proposed for 1969 would require the mill levy to be boosted from 19.6 lo 25.04 mills. The council at Ihis meeting instructed'formerCity Attorney William E. Bohlender to draw up a proposed sales tax ordinance. The ordinance was approved on first reading Oct. 2 and given final approval Oct. 16,1968. The council also on Oct. 16 set the mill levy for 1969 at 16.0 mills, a decrease of 3.6 mills from the 1968 levy. · However, businessmen and' other opponenls of the sales tax who had organized under the name of the Committee for Fair Taxation wilh George H. Brooks as chairman, filed a petition with 753 signatures Nov. 12 calling from a referendum to be held on the question of having a sales tax. Former City Clerk Barton Buss reported to Ihe council on Dec. 3 lhat Ihe pelition contained only 46_1 valid signatures and 023 were required to force an election on the ordinance. This resulted in Ihe Committee for Fair Taxation, through its attorney, William E. Shade, who isnowcity attorney, filing suit in District Court against the city. However, District Judge Donald A. Carpenter on Dec. 18 dismissed the suit on the grounds the sales tax ordinance was not subject to referendum under the provisions of the City Charter. Collection of the tax began Jan 1,1969, the date provided in · the ordinance. City officials estimated revenue from the tax lhat year would be $466,000. The Committee for Fair Taxation had appealed Judge Carpenter's decision to the Colorado Supreme Court and, on Feb. 24,1969, the state's high court ruled Ihe sales tax ordinance was subject to a referendum. The council as a result, 'on Feb. 26, ordered collection of the tax suspended and sent an election on the issue for April 1. In the election, Ihe ordinance was approved by electors 3,910 to 2,854 and collection of the tax was resumed.. Because of Ihe loss of over a month's collections due to the Supreme Court decision, revenue from Ihe tax in 1969 amounted to only $687,924 which still was much larger lhan had been officially estimated. As a result, the council reduced the property lax mill levy for 1970 another mill, to 15.0 mills. In 1970, Ihe sales tax revenue climbed to $908,171 and the council reduced the mill levy for 1971 to 14.9 mills. Sales tax revenue in 1971 was around $1,108,000 and, in 1972, totaled $1,296,283. Last fall the council lopped another tenth of a mill off the property tax levy, dropping it to 14.8 mills for this year. Despite the reductions in the property tax levy due to the sales tax, the city's revenue LENS WORK -- Jerry Powers, who has opened an optical firm at 91916th St., works on a lens duplication. Powers Optical offers this as well us frame selection nnd fitting services, (Tribune Photo) fy from the mill levy, because of Greeley's rapid growth, is gradually growing back to the level il was before the sales tax was instituted. In 1968, when the mill levy was 19.6 mills, the property tax brought in $997,616. The city's assessed valuation that year was $49.8 million. This year the 14.8 mill levy is expected to produce $952,226 in revenue. This is based on the city's 1972 assessed valuation of $64,989,500. Actual revenue from the property tax last year, when Ihe levy was 14.9, was a net $885,242. This was on an assessed valualion of $59,953,000. During the period Ihe sales tax has been in effect, the city's general fund budget has grown from $2 million in 1969 lo $3.7 million for this year. Optician says wire frames here to stay "Wire-rim glasses aren't a fad -- they'll continue. They go with continuing fashions in clothes and hair fashions." That is the opinion of Jerry Powers who opened Powers Optical Co., 919 16th, in February. Powers, operating a one-man firm, says wire-rims appear to appeal to a far broader number of people nowadays. "It's from pre-teens lo those in their sixties and beyond." Powers' is a full-service optical firm, offering lense duplications, frames and fitting. Powers, 34, has 12 years' experience in the optical field and previously was with a Greeley optical firm. Chile anti-Reds lose hope By PENNY IBRNOUX Copley News Service SANTIAGO, Chile - "Chile is finished for us," the young businessman said. "The Marxists won. I am going to take my family to Venezuela.". Why such pessimism when, in fact, the right-wing and center leftist parties in the opposition Democratic Confederation outpolled the Marxists in the recent Chilean congressional elections? "The Marxists won," the man replied, "because the poor are now aware of their political power." That, he seemed to feel, means that things will go on from bad to worse in Chile. The results of the elections themselves, though, would seem hardly to justify a dim view of the political future. The Democratic opposition polled 55.7 per cent of the valid votes cast Sunday, March 4, while the Marxist parties in President Salvador Allcnde's Popular Unity (UP) coalition got almost 44 per cent. 1 Greeley's Bayly Manufacturing Co. is slated to compete a $130,000 plant expansion and machinery modernization this June that will increase production capacity by 10 per cent. Bill Courtney, manager of the 16-year-old Greeley plant, which makes western-cut Ban sex talk shows? By FATHER LESTER Copley News Service Dear Father Lester: How do you reconcile freedom of speech and the desire some people have for getting rid of those "sex-talk" radio shows where the interviewer chats with unidentified women about the most intimate details of their sex lives? Martin B. Dear Martin: Freedom of speech is not unlimited. No one is free to libel, tell secrets, or in any other way hurt anyone unjustly. All knowledge, in the abstract, is good. But concrete circumstances can change some knowledge from good to bad. For the burglar to know the combination of your safe is bad. For the immature young person to be given a prostitute's detailed knowledge of sex can be very detrimental. Even for. the reasonably mature person to be swamped with phantasms and talk about sex can be a shove in the wrong direction. Hence, If "sex-talk" radio shows would normally be detrimental to the immature or would encourage adults to evil because of the overemphasis on sex and the lightness with which infidelity is treated, the shows ordinarily would have no right to be aired. There are other ways of getting needed sex information across which allow a reasonable control of circumstances -- type.of audience and the like -- and thereby prevent harm from ensuing. jeans, jayi production this year will reach two million pairs. The Bayly plant, 2508 4th Ave., is part of the Bayly Corp. which also has plants in Washington, California and Utah as well as subsidiaries in Texas, Alabama and Tennessee. Throughout the Bayly system in the past year, apparel sales increased 29 per cent and net income 22 per cent, Courtney says. Bayly Corp., headquartered in Denver, was started there in 1897, in the old State Capitol at 8th and Market. "In fact, it's said that during sessions of the Legislature, speeches often were made with difficulty because of the noise of Mr. Bayly's sewing machines in the next room," says Courtney. Bayly's Greeley plant'em- ploys 230 persons, with that expected to increase to 265 next year. The Greeley plant was started in 1958 at 8th Avenue and llth, and moved to its current location in 1959. The plant produces western- cut jeans -- in various colors -for men and boys. Although annual production is expected to reach two million pairs this year, the firm's peak shipping period is from May to September or October; stockpiling goes on the rest of the time. The Bayly facility has a storage capacity of up to 420,000 pairs of jeans. It ships to its long-time customer, the J.C. Penney Co., plus other chains such a Target and Woolco stores, Courtney says. Bayly production employes, Courtney says, are paid on a piecework incentive system. A Bayly-owned truck line brings fabric from the southeastern United States to the Greeley plant and the other Bayly operations in western states. The Greeley plant, Courtney says, uses two million yards of fabric annually as well as 350 million yards of thread 230 miles of zippers and rivets snaps and other hardware. GET YOUR ENERGY FOR FUTURE PROGRESS WITH FROM. **k ** %^ 10th St. We were a small part of Greeley in 1909, operating in an alley, serving ten or fifteen customers. At that time our equipment included a small gasoline engine, a dynamo, and a few storage batteries. Future years did much to change Greeley; we also grew in progressive stride with our community. We are proud to have participated in Greeley's past, and look forward to maintaining our integral role in the future. Sixty four years of continued dedication to the people of) northern Colorado F I Home Light Power Co. O R E E L E V , C O L O R A D O / 3 5 3 -1144

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