Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 8, 1977 · Page 2
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Greeley, Colorado
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Wednesday, June 8, 1977
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2 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Wed.. Jane 8.1«? I Share of oil royalty for owners urged 1 Lamm to Comment Oil S6SSIOI1 ' * ^^ I _ . .. ...i.« iii. :.. *i.n fiM\!K' in n litnp fit (K ByJOHXSEELMEYER Tribune SufHVrltrr Weld County Commissioner Norman Carlson said Wednesday he believes owners of surface rights above county- owned, severed mineral rights should recieve 2'? per cent royalty payments if oil is discovered below their property. Presently, surface rights owners don't receive anything when oil is discovered. The county owns some 39,347 acres of severed .mineral rights, most of them leased to oil-exploration companies. When oil is discovered on those leased properties, the county receives 12'; per cent royalties, with the remainder going to the oil company. The new split proposed by Carlson would retain the 12'? per cent county share, but take 2^ per cent away from the oil companies and give it to the surface rights owner. "The amount of money would be minimal, but it would be better than nothing." said Carlson of the 2^ per cent split. "The only thing the surface rights owner is getting now is crop damage," he said. "After the well is drilled, the surface rights owTier gets nothing." Carlson requested that county legal staff members study the proposal in coming weeks. Other commissioners indicated at least tentative support for the plan. Commissioners Leonard Roe and Ed Dunbar, for example, say they like the proposal if legal roadblocks don't stand in the way. Meanwhile, .Roe said he has found a Colorado Senator and a state representative who are willing to sponsor legislation allowing the county to sell the mineral rights to surface rights owners. The severed mineral rights have been a small headache for count)- officials, and they've talked to reuniting the mineral rights and surface rights. A state law, however, says that county property must be sold to the highest bidder and some commissioners have expressed fears the severed mineral rights would be snatched up by oil companies if put up for auction. Any plan to allow surface rights owners to have first option on the mineral rights would require special legislation. Roe said. In action earlier this week, the commissioners voted not to split mineral rights away from surface rights when property is sold at tax auctions or through other means. The county receives about 550,000 annually in royalties and lease payments from the severed mineral rights it holds. Most of those holdings came from tax sales in the 1930s and 1940s. Council approves joint program with schools A joint city-school district effort of leisure-time and c o m m u n i t y e d u c a t i o n programs at Heath Junior High School was approved by city council Tuesday night. And, in a related matter, council agreed to look seriously during a work session at some type of city-schools work for Jackson School playground recreation uses. As council voted its THE FAMILY CIRCUS, unanimous support of the joint program at Heath, Mayor George Hall said, "Both groups (city and school staffs) are to be congratulated. They've worked a long time to achieve this." Under the program, Parks- Recreation Director Leon Kuhn had pointed out, use of Heath for community recreation and · classes would see about $3,400 in city funding for a coor- ByBilKeane dtnator, custodians, utility costs and maintenance. Funding was available from the city's Babe Ruth youth baseball fund, Kuhn Said. Program at Heath is slated to start next Monday, running through Aug. 5. Meanwhile, a resident in the Jackson School area, Robert Ross, urged council to look into assisting with sodding and other recreational use development, with the school district, at Jackson. He pointed out residents, school officials and city representatives have conducted a series of feasibility meetings looking into adding community- use recreation facilities at Jackson. Ross pointed to similar cooperation earlier at Brentwood School. Mayor George Hall spoke strongly for looking into the venture, pointing out the school property appeared "ideal" for community recreation uses, and otherwise might be sold off for residential development. Council voted 6-1 to conduct a work session on the matter. Dissenting was Councilwoman Irma Princic, who suggested the city staff act on the matter first, including iooks at other school properties which might well serve as recreational space. Hatch act revision votes announced WASHINGTON (AP) - The 244-164 roll call by which the House on.Tuesday passed the revision of the Hatch Act included: Colorado - Evans, D, yes; Schroeder, D, yes; Wirth, D, yes; Armstrong, R, yes; Johnson, R, yes. ,. Idaho -- Hansen, R, no; Symms, R, no. Montana -- Baucus, D, yes; Marlenee, R, yes. Utah - McKay, D, yes; Marriott, R, no. Wyoming -- Roncalio, D, yes. By CARL MILLIARD Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) -The 51st Colorado General Assembly struggled for 151 days, stalled on many problems, solved some, and set aside others before agreeing to come back June 21 for final adjournment. Gov. Richard Lamm, a Democrat, has withheld his assessment of work done by the Republican legislature, but is expected to break his silence Thursday. Republican leaders in both the House and Senate point to a few accomplishments, but are generally glum about major achievements. Lawmakers hopefully will take action on undecided issues, such as property tax relief and labor legislation when it comes back in two weeks. What did the legislature do in 151- days? It reached no final decision on property tax relief, but it did set new guidelines for county officials to use in curbing spiraling assessments. It passed an anti-smoking bill that has no enforcement section.' It approved an anti-obscenity bill that attempts to stop sellers from selling pornography, and buyers from buying it -- but if the courts reject the new law it could leave the state nothing in the way of protection from smut peddlers. !t okayed 5537,000 for a maximum security prison unit, but hasn't made up its mind whether to build an all-new unit or revamp the old one. .And it doesn't have a management plan designed to operate the unit. It fought over necessary changes in the Colorado Labor Peace Act, then killed a bill that tied those changes to a prohibition on compulsory' unionism for public employes. · It okayed a one-cent per gallon gasoline hike in one house, but ignored it in the other,planning on making that $15 million decision when it returns. It abolished some small state agencies, including the State Athletic Commission, under the Sunset Law approved in the 1976 session. Several others the Racing Commission, the Tramway Board, and the Board of Shorthand Reporters, were reformed and continued. But the fate of two major ones, the Public Utilities Commission, and the Division of Insurance, won't be decided until next year. While doing that, it created more than a dozen "advisory commissions" or councils to various organizations and agencies to implement various programs and projects. It failed to make major changes in the public school finance act, but it did pump more than $20 million in additional slate money into (he program, causing a minute reduction in school district mill levies. It rejected pay hikes for the state's top rlecled officials, judges and district attorneys, but okayed nearly 51 million in pay hikes for elected county officials. It forced itself into a decisive decision on a bill changing the two-year-old bilingual-bicultural education act, and also on ·creation of a severance tax. Both of those issues caused stirs in previous sessions. The implementation of a sev- erance'tax was set aside when ' Democrats controlled the House in 1976, and a ballot proposal creating such a tax was defeated in November. Republicans, consulting with the mining industry, put togi'th- er a bill drawing abtiut $11 million in revenue, about half of what Lamm had asked for at the slart of the session. That money is rapt'cU'd lo play a vital part in a S7.C million bill lo increase the food tux credit in the stale income tnx. The bilinguiil-bicultural education bill is aimi'd at culling program costs without hurting those children who need (ho program lo increase tln-ir academic progress in the kindergarten through third grade levels. The bill calls for spending of 52.4 million. There were a myriad of other bills moved on lo the governor for his consideration. Several were aimed at helping Ihe elderly by giving Ihem additional property lax breaks, and setting up a pilot program for iheir dental health care. Taxes on their retirement pensions and insurance annuities were reduced. Family farms might be kept in the family in a time of economic uncertainty through a bill changing (he method of assessing agricultural land for inheritance lax purposes. And cloud-seeding, hopefully a method nf heading-off more dis- aslrous droughts, would be continued. Taxpayers, burdened by welfare and social services program costs, might get a break through improved fraud detection, and work programs for recipients, created under two oiher bills. What took the legislature so long lo pet moving, and to move slowly once it started? One reason was the introduction of more than 1,300 bills, which overworked com- millees and legislative staff. Many bills came late in the session. 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