Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 8, 1977 · Page 1
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^^P _ M fl^ ^B ^M -- ^P Tax questionnaire effort fa Is flat By CAKI. MILLIARD Associated Press Writer DENVER AP) - Colorado's Division of Property taxation has spent more than 520,000 trying to pry financial information out of private businesses -and determine if counties are over-or under-assessing industrial improved properties. The division has come up empty, and under legislation awaiting the governor's signature, they may not be able to try again. "We've scrapped it," said Ray Carper, property tax administrator. "Some of them, the smaller businesses, simply replied that they didn't have any time to fill out the forms. Some said they didn't feel it was necessary. About a half dozen simply told the division"togotohell." Others didn't respond at all. The questionnaires sought information essential to the preparation of new tax manuals. Carper and John Williams, principal assessor consultant with the division, said 485 questionnaires were mailed and perhaps 60 were returned, and some of those responses were incomplete. The program was conducted for the division by Touche Ross Co., a Denver accounting firm paid about 510,000 for the job. Figuring manpower and postage, the division was out about another 510,000, Carper estimated. The questionnaire was lo gather summary operating data and cost information relating to property, plant and equipment, and the information was to be used in analyzing industrial property tax valuations for each county. The questionnaires sent to 53 out-state counties March 31 and major metropolitan area counties later, stressed that data about profits and losses and individual company valuation worksheets would be treated confidentially. But .several firms told Carper that Touche Ross was the auditing firm for their competitors, and they didn't want to risk leaks of business information. "I told them that professionally, Touche Ross couldn't afford to do that," Carper said, "that they couldn't stay in business if they did. But it didn't do any good." Carper said the only question about income asked in the questionnaire concerned income attributable to the properly -- not about total business income. "But the ironic part of it is, the taxpayer does not-want to give us, or local assessors that information. Yet 90 per cent of them that go from the assessor to the board of assessment appeals rely on that income as the basis of getting an assessment reduction." Carper said a similar questionnaire sent out last year was more successful, - with about 200 responses from about 380 mailings. But since then, despite his pleas to the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, an organization that lobbies for businesses before the legislature, there has been a revolt. Carper said he thinks the refusal of those companies polled " was largely a misunderstanding. 15 CENTS A COPY Original Script Written by Horace Grcelcy in 1871 VOL. 69, NO. 195 GREELEY, COLORADO80631 AND THE GREELEY REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8,1977 Golf course gets cemetery funds Voting 5-2 Tuesday night, city council approved a 5265,000 loan from the Linn Grove Cemetery endowment fund for installing a sprinkler system at Highland Hills Golf Course. And, immediately thereafter, council debated some of the poor conditions at the city cemetery, hearing a report from the new cemetery superintendent, Dan . Sailer, that improvements are being sought but that much admittedly remains to be improved. · "11 is 105 years old," said Sailer, "and some of these things didn't happen overnight.". Dissenting in the cemetery fund vote, urging delay for further study of use of the fund, were Mayor George Hall and Councilwoman Irma Princic. Hall later said he ^aw no harm in a delay of two weeks or so, to allow city financial staff members time to study a number of rates of return which might be available for cemetery fund investment. "f'll go along with the majority," said Hall later. "They outvoted us. But that was my .objection." Early in council debate, Hall sought to clarify what he said arc apparent misconceptions among the public about how the cemetery fund can be used. Hall pointed out the basic principle in the S300,pOO-plus fund cannot be directly 'invested into cemetery.improvements, only the interest returned from fund investment. With some investments of cash from the fund, made a number of years ago, drawing as little as 2 per cent interest, ' Hall pointed out the 6 per cent return which would be available by the loan for a golf course sprinkler system would obviously be preferable. However', Hall later added, he had hoped for a delay to allow looks at other investments, and the interest possible, such as from multi-year certificates of deposit or federal notes. City Finance Director Leonard Wiest later explained the 5265,000 cemetery fund loan for the golf course system likely will involve a series of one-year notes, probably over 14 years. Interest returned to the cemetery fund, along with the principle amount of the loan, would be at 6 per cent. Wiest said principle and interest payments over the 14 years would total about 528,500 a year. With a recent 15 per cent hike in golf course "fees,.plus other assets coming available, Wiest said up to 533,000 a year appears available for payments back from the' golf course funds to the cemetery fund. Debating conditions at the cemetery after their vote, on the .loan, council members heard from the new city cemetery superindendent, Salter. A former city cemetery chief. in Lewiston, Idaho, Salter said some improvements are being made at Linn Grove. But he pointed out the cemetery's flood irrigation system causes problems, and that settling of graves and weeds continue to be major problems. However he said City Forester Joe Lohnes Wednesday was lo be.gin spraying there for leaf worms in trees, and is working on Dutch elm disease problems. Salter pledged to react quickly to any complaints from Ihe public which come to him. Sailer added that more equipment is needed for upkeep at Linn Grove, as well as a well-organized, 'continuing weed control program. Mrs. Princic voiced support for making increased funding for cemetery operations a high priority in council's future budget reviews. IRS audits President Carter's return WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Carter's 1975 income tax return, in which he claimed a 541,702 tax credit for peanut shelling equipment, is being audited by Ihe Internal Revenue Service, the White House said today. Deputy Press Secretary Rex Granum said Carter was notified "the early part of this year" that Ihe return for 1975 -when he paid la.xes of $17,484 on income of 5130,139 -- was being checked. "He's made his income tax returns public since 1965," Granum said. "It's in keeping with his desire to keep his financial affairs as : a public official public. "He has no problems with his returns being audited. The President is perfectly agreeable to having his returns audited." The Long Island newspaper Newsday and the Washington Star reported today that Carter's return and the 1975 returns of his brother, Billy, and their, mother, Hiss Lillian, were being audited in connection with the family's Plains, Ga., peanut business. Jimmy Carter's return showed that 5119,225 ot his 1975 income came from the family's peanut warehouse. He took an investment credit of 541,702 for his share of a new shelter at the warehouse. This reduced his taxes to $17,484 for the entire year, or 13.5 per cent. IRS officials declined comment on the probe. White House Press Secretary' Jody Powell said the audil was apparently routine and "there are no allegations o f . discrepancies or wrong doing," ac- coroing to tne btar. Tne newspaper also reported Powell said Carter was not alarmed over the audit. "Obviously . he wouldn't submit something he felt was wrong," Powell was quoted as saying. As for reports the audit may have been politically motivated by the Ford ad- minislralion. Granum said "There's no feeling on our part" that such reports were true. - ' Billy Carter told UPI the peanut sheller cost 5800,000. Jimmy Carter, who owns about 60 per cent of the warehouse, stated in the tax return thai his share of Ihe new sheller was $410,646. Billy Carter said in a May interview in Nation's Business the IRS was checking "my record's, Mother's, the warehouse's, the service station's, Jimmy's and Ihe farm's." "All six of us at one lime -- and a t . random," Billy Carter said. . Bundy roadblock nets marijuana CARBONDALE, Colo. '(AP) - Road blocks flung up on routes leading from Aspen failed to ' net accused slayer Theodore Bundy, but police didn't come away empty handed. Two Michigan men were arrested when officers found 500 pounds of marijuana in their car. The two men, Ted Pendleton, 50, and John Masterbrook, 29, were being held in the Garfield Counly jail loday for investigation of possession of more than one ounce of marijuana and possession with intenttosell. Authorilies estimated that the marijuana could have been sold for about $280,000. . Bundy, whoescapedTuesdaybyleaping from the second floor of the Pitkin County Courthouse', wasstillatlargethismorning. and a house-to-house-search jvas Being"conducted in Aspen. : ' . ,, Weather '.'··"·' 1 p.m. temperature: 88 NORTHERN COLORADO '-- Widely scattered mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms, otherwise partly cloudy through Thursday. Continued very warm daytime temperatures. Highs today and Thursday mid 80s to 90s. Lows tonight 50s lo lower '60s. Inside the Tribune (52 pages, 4 sections) "It's just like those who read newspaper artieles-they read what they want to read. We tried to make it as palatable as we could. We Iried to be fair. We didn't even take part in the random selection of those businesses to be sent questionnaires. "We left that up to Touche Ross so we could be totally impartial. We gave the company the number of industrial properties in each counties, and using that as a statistical background, they selected the.businesses." Carper said his division's work is going lo be harder next year because of an amendment added to a tax assessment package awaiting the governor's signature. Tired scouts Members of Denver area Boy Scout troops slack old automobile tires during a recycling drive which will provide local tire retreading dealers with much-needed tires and the Scouts with much-needed cash. An estimated 500 Scouts, from 13 area troops, will spend a month collecting old tires for retreading and will collect $1 a tire from tire retreaders. (AP Wirephoto) Abby 25 Agri-news 13 Classified 45-51 Comics 36 Crossword 36 Editorial . 4 Heloise 25 Horoscope 34 Hospital 6 . Markets 38 Obituaries 6 Sports 4144 Theater 39 TV log 36 Weather 6 Wm'spgs. 23-25 The amendment, drafted in the Senate, says "the Board of Equalization or the property tax administrator shall not require any person to furnish financial information concerning commercial or industrial property, except as to the value of the real property for rental purposes only." That bars further questionnaires. And the legislature has also cut Carper's staff by 15, including 13 appraisers and two clerks. But six of those appraisers could be restored, he hopes. "\Ve won't have time to make surveys, and we're not going to be able to follow up on industrial assessments and a lot of other things,"he said. Trunkless free If it looks to you like the .tree on the right hasn't got a trunk, you're correct. It.seems it was an outgrowth of a branch on the pine tree on the left. The tree-or trees-are located in a cemetery in Bertram township near Cedar Hapids, Iowa. (AP Wirephoto) Larry Rothe, 39, of 42B35th Ave. died at Weld County General Hospital Tuesday afternoon, some two hours after he was injured in a forklift accident at the Monfort Packing Plant. 'Rothe was loading beef into a truck when he drove the forklift onto a loading dock. The truck, however, hadn't backed all the way to the loading platform and the forklift toppled off the edge, pinning Rothe between the building and his - machine. Another forklift was needed to free Rothe. Other Monfort employes cared for Rothe until the Weld County Ambulance attendants arrived to transport him to Weld County Hospital. Rothe had been employed with the plant since 1961, and for the last seven years worked as a forklift operator. It was the first death in the plant since it opened operations in 1960. Rolhe was married and had two children, ages nine and six. Today's press run: 20,077 If you have not received your Tribune by 6:30 p.m...call 352-0211. ByRONTOI.I.EFSON Tribune Staff Writer A citizen, carrying a petition, walked up to the podium Tuesday night and spoke to city council. And, although this citizen had a few years to go before he would be able to vote, and was wearing a Cub Scout uniform,hcwas asking questions about a topic that makes any local government official squirm a bit -- dog control. Why, asked young Mark Kosmicki, can't the city look to other alternatives, such as a more aggressive animal adoption program, instead ofits policy of having stray animals at the Humane Society shelter gassed after three days. Mayor George Hall pointed out animals at the shelter are not gassed, but rather are humanely destroyed in a high- allitude chamber after being held for three days. Councilwoman Irma Princic agreed that having people adopt stray animals held at the sheller would be preferable. But she pointed out Ihe city government has a responsibility to residents for. keeping large numbers of stray animals from running at large. There were some suggestions that animals available for adoption at the shelter might be more widely publicized. Signing Mark's petition to council were members of his Webelos Den at Meeker School's Cub Pack 245: John Osborne, Cap Mclnlyre, Terry Specht, Jim Hardcastle, John Windolph, Jeff Nickerson, Brian Heinze and the group's adull leader, Keith A. Mclntyre. Mclntyre later said that while the boys are working on Webelos citizen achievement awards he thought they might enjoy attending a city council meeting. "But the petition was Mark's idea," said Mclntyre. "I wasn't aware of what he was doing until I looked over his shoulder." i

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