Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on March 1, 1976 · Page 23
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: The Idaho Free Press The News-Tribune, Monday, March 1 1976 - B-12 ;jp:.»:v»:.:¥:¥v: : :^^^ I Approval of property tax relief prolongs legislation session? By Karen Southwick BOISE - The Idaho Senate's narrow approval of a House hill providing (our mills ot properly lax relief may prolong the leg^lalive session in a search for f u n d i n g a l t e r n a t i v e s , predicts Senate Majority Leader Phil Ball, R-Wildcr. B a i t , one of Ihe leaders Wednesday in debate against granting the total four mills of relief, said he was disappointed the Senate reversed itself and passed Ihe measure on an 18-17 vole. The House T h u r s d a y concurred in Senate amendments lo Ihe bill. Passage of ihe bill means nearly S7 million out of surplus funds musl be used lo replace ihe money lost lo schools by the four-mill relief. "We funded this relief the last two times oul of surplus because we had plenty of money," Ball said, noting he had voted in favor of (he relief in previous sessions. But (his year, surplus funds are not so readily available, he said. "The least painful way to properly fund highways at this time" would have been to avoid using surplus funds for Ihe four- mill lax relief and use them instead on law enforcement funding. Tlicn the highways could have picked up the slack when law enforcement was lakcn oul of highway user funds, he added. Thus, action In passing the lax relief measure "will h a v e an effect on the end of the session because if people are going lo lake the obligation lo highway funding seriously, we will have lo hum for new sources of revenue." Rait said. II will be difficult to get agreement on a process lo fund highways. "We haven't reached any kind of an agreement in Ihe Senate Republican caucus," he commented. "I d o n ' t see any real possibility of gelling oul of here b e f o r e March 12" and Ihe session may run longer than t h a t , the majority leader said. March 12 would' bi the 68lh l e g i s l a t i v e day, eighl days beyond thcGOila'y session set by law. Surplus funds are estimated at $10 million, Ball said, of which the tax relief will take up $7 million. About Si million is committed lo other projects, so only $2 million is left in surplus funds which have not been obligated. He noled Ihe Joinl Finance- Appropriations Committee has already tentatively approved a n u m b e r of surplus f u n d i n g requests, i n c l u d i n g the governor's proposals for 900,000 lo establish a forage research facilily al the Idaho Slate School and Hospital at Nampa and $100,000 for Ihe veterinary medicine clinic. These still have to be formally acted on by Ihe committee and legislature. Another issue which still must be resolved before the session ends is slate employes salaries. Ball said he had not been able lo gel a consensus in the Senate on the amount of money Ihal can be put into stale salaries. His own bill, which would implement Ihe Hay plan next year and raise salaries this year based on longevity and step grade raises, would lake $3.8 million. "I'm quile certain we will not gel that done," Bait said. He noted only about $2 million remains oul of general fund monies for a slale employes i n c r e a s e . L o n g e v i t y r e q u i r e m e n t s take about $1 million,so Ihere is $1 million left (at d cost of living increase, or about 1 per coal. Bui Batt pointed out the Senate has already voted to increase h e a l t h insurance pay men Is for slale employes, which would be an additional 3 per cent increase. The majority leader said il will take a series of joinl caucus meetings lo resolve the issue of slale employes salaries. SEAGGS DRUG CENTERS Save with our LOW PRICES... Save AGAIN with Du font's PER GAL. .60 yijuruay LUCIT6 I ni FANTASTIC SAVINGS NOW THRU MARCH 21 ·So ^gjjj\l}/ , UJCITE fouse Paint 7.99 Reg 9.99 KS IMPOST! BIG SAVINGS ON OTHER LUCITE® PAINTS, TOO! DU ROOT'S $1.50 REBATE APPUES TO ALL LUCITE GALLONS PURCHASED FEBRUARY 29-MARCH 21 iCOUPON} $1.50 C\SH REBATE OFfER GOOD ON ALL GALLONS OF LUCI T E' PAINTS. PURCHASFD BETWEEN FEBRUARY 29 AND MARCH 21, 197V QUARTS NOT ELIGIBLE. , - ) '· · : ' . , .r.- . ·-. (,.. (' ' UJCm 1 ·V'-r" ····'"··'='·'··' r · · · " / 3 Vi · '!· LUCITE G R E A T PAINT HEOA1E PO Ho. 82J6 PN "df-p* i.PA 19101 Store Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:30 A.M. - 9 P.M. Sunday 10 A.M.-6pM. Karcner Mall Shopping Center 1435 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa 130 Iheragrjn M h : ;H (B!er:y- v.tamn rir,'jia w:!hm "era's Our Reg. $5.49. ITIicropore First Aid Tape 69° I " x ft yd. C'e.v pcrts p'jslic Ou; Reg. 95' FOAM INSOLES Air pi"o :nso es. Ye.-li'ttng.Washab'o H,gc.~:c Our Reg. 73' You Save 24' .,.« SyiVANIA MAGICUBES H 29 YouSa *« STORE STORES: Mon. - Sat. 9:30 a.m. 9p.m. Sundays 10a.m. 6p.m. K»rch»i Hill Shopping Center 143SC»ldwellBim.,N»mpi

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