News-Journal from Mansfield, Ohio on January 7, 1982 · 9
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Mansfield, Ohio
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Thursday, January 7, 1982
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, - -- - . - - - - , , t . , t 11 t 4 1 . . , , , Thursday, January 7, 1982 News Journal, Mansfield, O. Ohio 9-A Torriai Out School district to return windfall to struggling businesses LOCKLAND, Ohio (AP) Because of a quirk in the way that taxes are computed, the Lock land School District received a windfall this year. But officials of the suburban Cincinnati district have decided to refund the surplus money to homeowners and businesses. "Pthink the main thing to point out. is that our situation is Just the opposite of so many school districts," said Superintendent Gary Stamm. 1 "When business is bad, inventories are up because goods don't sell. Inventories now are at an all-time high, which means personal property taxes are also high. I don't think many people realize bow bad business is." Inventories and business merchandise are the basis Grim economic data from budget experts Legislative panel begins yearlong 'tax study COLUMBUS (AP) A House-Senate panel has started a yearlong study of Ohio's tax structure against a backdrop of more grim economic data from budget experts. The Legislative Budget Office (LBO) says tax receipts through Dec. 31, 1981, were $71.4 million below estimates of the Office of Budget and Management included in the budget that took effect Nov. 15. "The most significant tax losses are in the areas of the sales tax, which is $57 million below estimates and the personal income tax which is $13.6 million below estimates," Richard G. Sheridan, LBO director, said in a memo to legislative leaders. Receipts from the auto sales tax were $12 million below estimates through the first six months of the current fiscal 2 for 4 oz, special value 1 Special value 2 for s Weven straw trivets. Round or square. Assorted colors. 7 to 8-inch diameter. 1 Reg. 2 for 2.38 2 for s Latch hooks for craft and art projects, Hook pillows, rugs, and wall hangings. $2 Special value All purpose scissors with bent handle design. Ideal for cutting fabric. 814". Oil of Olay skin lotion works with your skins i moisture to ease drying. Pump included. year. Revenue from the non-auto sales tax was off $45 million. The total decline of $57 million represents a variance of 6.2 percent from estimates, the LBO said Senate Minority Leader Harry Meshel, D-Youngstown, said be was not surprised. "Although I hope desperately that I am wrong I think it will continue that way," he said. Meshel said the figures virtually guarantee that a 'three-part hedge in the budget against a slump in revenues would have to be triggered. That package provides for a 1-percent reduction in agency appropriations to be imposed in March if the Office of Budget and Management certifies that such a step is needed to offset an income shortfall. If the fiscal problem remains after rm.." Eli Each. special value - 2 for,S3 Reg. 2 for 3.98 $O Gallon, reg. 13.99 Tomy pocket games. Old Interior latex paint. Wall fashion puzzles, outer and trim flat in 50 colors. space, sport assortments. 15.49 semi-gloss $10 $7 - Reg. 12.99 Ceramic lamp in white or rust. Fabric-over-vinyl' shade. 14 inches high: it I I Special value e 3-piece paring knife set. Stainless steel blades. All 3 have rosewood handles. Advertised prices good through Saturdays January ot 1 082i SO so Reg. 12.99 APF pocket calculator has 8 digits, 5-key memory. Case. batteries included. : for calculating personal property taxes, and in Lock-land, those taxes provide 77 percent of the district's revenue. The companies that pay taxes in the heavily industrialized school district include General Electric, Stearns & Foster, Celotex and Diamond International. Their larger-than-usual inventories for this tax year would have meant 9500,000 more to the district. But . Stamm said that the school board decided ft did not need the money for the 775-student district and felt it would be doing a greater service to the community by reducing taxes. At its December meeting, the board reduced the district's school tax from 24.19 mills to 20 mills, effective on tax bills that will be mailed out early this year. 1 Stamm said that the decision was made after the Si Reg.2,19 I gallon goldfish bowl is made of clear, safe plastic. Garden Department. the reduction, one-time surcharges in the corporate franchise and public utility excise taxes may be imposed. The I4-member tax study committee was created by the' budget-tax boost measure. It is to determine how the current tax system affects business, industry, property owners and individuals and consider the needs of local governments, including school districts. It is to propose recommendations for tax alternatives by Jan. 1, 1983. Sen. Charles L. Butts, D-Cleveland, said at the group's organizational meeting Wednesday he hopes it will be con. cerned with tax reform instead of searching for new ways to generate revenue. Sen. Richard H. Finan, R-Cincinnati, the group's co-chairman, said it faces an uphill battle to -complete its work by the Plastic 34 bushel laundry basket, 10 quart pail with pour spout, or 10 quart wastebasket. Great for organization and clean-ups. Assortment of bright colors. $3 2 sa for Reg. 2 for 4.58 11-oz panel adhesive. Ideal for bonding construction materials quickly. easily. $6 Reg. 7.99 2' steptItool. Sturdy wood construction with full-width steps for safety. -4 Quart, red. 3.99 Heavy-bodied paint stripper stays wet longer to cut through many coats. Hamilton County auditor told him that the district's personal property tax collections would be much higher than expected, mostly because of the stockpile of merchandpe held by businesses. "As soon as business gets better, (companies) will start selling again and our valuation will go down," Stamm said. "It's a very unusual situatiop we find ourselves in. Our valuation fluctuates so much. One company can move out and just destroy us." Another unusual aspect of the surplus is that personal property taxes in the district also increased because Tenneco Chemical Co. realized this year that it mistakenly had been paying taxes to the neighboring Reading school district, rather than to Lock land. That mistake has been corrected. S Peter Paul candy bare. Choose from Almond Joy, Caravel le ' York 8 for Peppermint Pattie, PowerHou se, or Mounds. Great for snacks! Reg. 6 for 1.80 . 11111111111 Emim 2 sa for Reg. 2 for 4. sig-oz wood glue. Strong; fast-setting glue is heat resistant. Dries clear. $4 Reg. 5.99 1312' tool box with plastic cantilever tray, welded hinges, heavy snap latch. end of the year: Legislators in both chambers will have to spend time in their districts campaigning in the primary and general elections. The panel is expected to examine taxes in other states, but members said they do not expect to turn up many new tax sources. Finan said a tax on soft-drink syrup levied under the current budget stemmed from a 1972 revenue study. He said proposals to extend the sales tax to repairs and installations, also in the current budget, had been proposed In 1965 and 1972. Rep. William E. Hinig, D-New Philadelphia,' will act as co-chairman along with Finan. Hinig is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Finan heads the same committee in the upper chamber. $) 38 go Reg. 5.49 6" forged-steel pliers with cushion-grip handles. Long-nose or diagonal. 2 op, 'pair, pair ) reg. 5.58 Wiper refills. 97 natural rubber for clean wiping. 3 ozone resistor for long life. $O set so Reg. 4.49 to 4.99 ao Reg. 9.99 ne circular eaw blade. Mechanic's creeper has Choose plywood or standard nylon casters for mobility, combination blade. vinyl headrest for comfort. MANSFIELD SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER 1200 Park Ave. W. 529:2111 Open Daily 10-9. Sun. 12-5 Digest IBody found near creek FREMONT (AP) A 48-year-old woman whose body was found Wednesday apparently froze to death while taking a shortcut home last Saturday night, officials say. The body of Janet Emrich, 48, of rural Sandusky County was found by a caretaker near a creek which flows through Fremont Country Club grounds. The Sandusky County coroner, Dr. Samuel Lowery, said Mrs. Emrich apparently died of exposure. She was reported missing last weekend. Lowery speculated she was taking a shortcut to her house after leaving a store and collapsed after crossing the creek. The county sheriff's dffice is investigating the death even though officials said there was no evidence of foul play. School bus driver charged WESTLAKE (AP) The driver of a school bus that struck and killed a 9-year-old Westlake school student was charged with vehicular homicide Wednesday, the city prosecutor said. Patricia Tiedemann, 51, was charged with the first-degree misdemeanor, prosecutor Jeff Largent said. She is to appear in Westlake Municipal Court Jan. 19. She is free without bond pending a court appearance, Largent said. The bus struck and killed Preeti Sandhu Tuesday morning. According to authorities, Miss Sandhu had stopped in the path of the bus to pick up something. Ms. Tiedemann had been a bus driver for 15 years without an accident, a spokesman for the Westlake schools said. Sheriff to beef up jail staff AKRON (AP) Summit County Sheriff David W. Troutman, in answer to a federal court order, will add 24 people to his jail security staff. U.S. District Judge Robert B. Krupansky has said Troutman could be held in contempt unless his office acts to comply with a federal court order setting guidelines for the operation of the county's jail. Krupansky issued the guidelines in 1975 in response to a lawsuit filed by a former inthate who charged that his civil rights were violated. The Judge's interest in the case was renewed by another complaint recently. The sheriff said Wednesday 17 deputies will be shifted to jail duty and seven laid-off deputies will be recalled for jail duty. Police base pay $26 000 CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati police will have the highest base pay in Ohio as a result of City Council's approval Wednesday of a three-year wage pact with the Fraternal Order of Police. Under the terms of the contract, the base pay will rise from $20,927 for a three-year veteran to $26,000 by 1984, said the president of the Cincinnati FOP chapter, Elmer Dunaway. The pact calls for a 10-percent increase immediately and pay boosts of 7.3 percent and 7 percent, respectively, for the second and third years of the contract. Police also gained a dental plan and time-and-a-half pay for overtime. Police chief fired Christmas tree costly CINCINNATI (AP) A Cincinnati man who chopped the top off a 20- foot Colorado spruce in a city park last Dec. 14 to avoid the high cost of a Christmas tree has been ordered to make tenfold restitution. Steven Kurtz, 25, pleaded no contest Wednesday in Hamilton County Municipal Court to a charge of criminal damaging. Kurtz' defense attorney asked Judge Albert J. Mestemaker to provide "innovative" sentencing because,of the nature of the offense. "Oh, it'll be innovative all right," said Mestemaker. "The cost of a 20- foot Colorado blue spruce is more than a new Toyota, you know." Mestemager suspended a 9750 fine and a 90-day jail term when Kurtz agreed to plant 10 new Colorado blue spruce trees, with each to be at least 6 feet tall, in the Mount Airy Forest before June 30. Park officials said that the cost of the trees would total about $1,250. CUYAHOGA FALLS (AP) The police chief of this Akron suburb has been fired on grounds that he attempted to hide his son's role in an Oct. 11 incident at an Akron restaurant. Chief Gene Fawley's dismissal came five days after Mayor Robert J. Quirk fired Fawley's son, who was a probationary police officer. Akron police said that the younger Fawley was led out of the restaurant and was questioned about carrying a gun. There was no arrest made. Quirk said when he learned of the incident he was upset that the chief did not tell him about it. The dismissal will force Fawley, 51, who had been on the force since 1954, to forfeit his $23,000-a-year pension. Fawley said that his dismissal was politically motivated because he had tried to investigate the mayor and other city officials. He had been chief since July 1979. It is not yet clear if Fawley will appeal the firing. Capt. Donald Kirkhard, a 20-year officer who is head of the Cuyahoga Falls department's uniformed division, was named acting chief. Police hunt for leads on missing secretary TOLEDO (AP) Toledo police probing the disappearance of a legal secretary last August say they're no closer to solving the crime today than they were months ago. "She just vanished, and we've checked all the rumors that developed, but they all turned out to be groundless," police Sgt. Sam Mihailoff of the missing persons unit said Wednesday. So Toledo officers are now asking 3,000 coroners and medical examiners across the nation to check unidentified bodies to see if they include the missing woman, Cynthia Anderson, 20, of Lambertville, Mich., just north of Toledo. on the morning of Aug. 4, 1981, Miss Anderson went to work at a Toledo law firm. She was seen working alone in her office at about 9:45 a.m. by a custodian. But by 10 a.m. the telephones in the office were not being answered, police said. At noon, attorney James Rabbitt, 36, a partner in the firm where Miss Anderson worked, entered the office. He later told police the offices were locked, the air conditioner was running, the radio was on and the telephones were ringing. But Miss Anderson was not there. Babbitt thought she was at lunch and went to lunch himself. When he returned, Miss Anderson was still missing. Rabbitt called police. They talked with friends and relatives but no one knew where she might be. A search of her home in Lambertville, Mich., turned up no evidence. - Miss Anderson's car was in the park. ing lot outside the office building. Her tan purse Was not pn her desk. There were no signs of a struggle in the office. And there the trail of Cynthia Anderson began and ended. Reports that she was seen in Texas were never confirmed, Mihailoff said. Now, through the Cleveland-based International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association, Toledo police are circulating a description of the woman and a photograph of her, along with a letter asking for help. Mihailoff said the letters are to be distributed to members with the assocation's next newsletter, probably at the end of January. "In terms of evidence, the case is right where it was several months ago we've gotten nowhere," Mihailoff said. "We've checked out a lot of leads. But in terms of the bottom line, the answer is nothing." Mihailoff said the case is considered an active one, and the FBI has looked Into the matter informally. "They won't enter the case on a formal basis because there's no evidence of a crime," said Mihailoff. "The woman just vanished." Various organizations have offered rewards totaling nearly $10,000 in the case, but the money has produced few leads. The detective said a thorough investigation of her background led police to discount rumors she had fled on her own. - "Everything we know, everything we've found out lead us to believe she wouldn't do that," he laid. , 1 Mihailoff says Toledo police are working on the premise that foul play took place, but they have no evidence that premise is correct. - , , . ''.'IIIIIII" Lgroinl :RAT 1.1 , altrizji Ok v1 s,,,................Ns ' .4k- V -,,,q, - , ' 4411r ' .' 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