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What County Levy Means to Voter Wouldn't Cut Anybody's Tax Bill by One-Third Springfield Mo Baily News Dec. 9, 1970 21 County Officials Stress It's Not Levy Increase By STEVE HILTON Staff Writer so little time. "There's much to do," Presiding Judge W. Fred Schaeffer reminded a working session of county officeholders Tuesday. "Everyone in this room knows we're not asking the people to raise the county levy, but to MAINTAIN it at the current level of 50 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

But how do we get the facts across?" asked Judge Schaeffer, looking around the table in the county courtroom. The seemed hopeful cofficeholders, Countians would vote to maintain the present county levy if. "If we can make it clear that a 35-cent county levy won't cut anybody's tax bill by one-third," said Circuit Judge Douglas W. Greene. "I talk to people who say they hear that a 35-cent levy will mean a cut of one-third in their tax bill.

Just tell to stop and figure it out," Judge Greene advised his fellow officeholders. "Take an extreme example: a man with real property valued at $40,000. Now, that's only about $12,000 assessed valuation. That $12,000 is the figure used to determine the total tax bill. His total tax bill in Springfield will be about $771.60.

Of that $771, only $60 now goes to support county government. If the levy becomes 35 cents per $100, the guy with $40,000 in real property that's a rich man is going to save $18 on his total tax bill. school levy, the road and bridge tax, the state and city taxes will all remain the same. They won't be affected by the vote Dec. 22.

All he'll be voting on Dec. 22 is whether or not he'll pay $60 or $42 for county government. That $18 looks mighty small on the total bill of $771 for $40,000 valuation. But that $18 will mean the difference between a county government that holds the line and one that just can't provide the services that people expect," the judge concluded. "If," said Circuit Judge Jack A.

Powell," we can get it across that this vote has nothing to do with our salaries as elected officials, which are set by law. As Judge Schaffer pointed out, the average clerk in the county courthouse makes about $381 a month. Now, people don't care if we fire some clerks. What they don't realize is that these clerks are the people who provide basic county services. The sheriff will eliminate the narcotics division, and the schools will suffer.

We've already had reports of the sale of drugs in high schools in Springfield. So what's at issue is whether or not Springfield and Greene County will remain 'a good place to raise a That's the issue." "If." said Probate Judge Don Burrell, "the voters will stop and think. If they do, they'll realize that county government is the level of government closest to them. That's the level of government that files wills, inventories of estates, records marriage licenses and deeds, prosecutes felony charges of burglary, stealing, car tampering, assault, rape, murder, and arson. Those are the basic services that people take for granted.

Those are the services which, at present are supported by the 50-cent levy. Without the 50- cent levy, those basic, everyday services will be cut to the bone." "If," said Sheriff Mickey Owen, "we the facts before the people. That's the key." "What will a 35-cent levy mean to you?" the sheriff said, stabbing his finger at an imag. inery voter. "It won't mean much of a saving on your total' tax bill.

Here's what it will mean, in the sheriff's office: five patrol cars, not 15 and no town marshals county. Republic, for example, now has three marshals, and the county pays half their salary. They'd have to go. A drastic reduction uniformed patrol, eliminathothe of the narcotics bureau. Five patrol cars each shift for a county of 150,000 people.

That's not the kind of law enforcement the people want. And it's up to us to explain that's what they will get on a 35-cent levy." The other officeholders voiced the same worry: that too many will go to the polls thinking that a 35-cent levy will mean a tax reduction of one third. State statutes provide that the county government levy must be reduced to 35 cents per county's assessed valuation tops $300 million, unless voters approve a levy submitted by the county court. During the course of the meeting, Judge Schaeffer asked Recorder Russ Keller, Judge Powell, and Sheriff Owen to form a steering committee to handle ideas on how to organize an informational campaign on the levy vote. After the other officeholders left the courtroom about 4:30 p.m., those four settled down to consider the kideas brought up during the meeting: speeches to civic organizations, the marshalling of bipartisan support for the maintaining the 50-cent levy, raising money through private contributions to pay advertising costs.

all better grab an oar and start rowing." Sheriff Owen Greene Countians go to the polls Dec. 22 to decide whether or not the levy earmarked for the operation of county government will remain at 50 cents for each $100 assessed valuation, or will drop to 35 cents for each $100. For the resident of Springfield, here's how the two levies stack up in terms of his total tax bill: $12,000 Assessed Valuation on Real Property Levy School State Road County City Total Bill 50 Cents $462 $3.60 $42 $60 $204 $771.60 35 Cents 462 3.60 42 42 204 753.60 Difference: $18 $7500 Assessed Valuation on Real Property Levy School State Road County City Total Bill 50 Cents $288.75 $2.25 $26.25 $37.50 $127.50 $482.25 35 Cents 288.75 2.25 26.25 26.25 127.50 471.00 Difference: 11.25 $4500 Assessed Valuation on Real Property Levy School State Road County City Total Bill 50 Cents $173.25 $1.35 $15.75 $22.50 $76.50 $289.35 35 Cents 173.25 1.35 15.75 15.75 76.50 282.60 Difference: 6.75 $400 Assessed Valuation on Personal Property Levy School State Road County City Total Bill 50 Cents $15.40 .12 $1.40 $2 $6.80 $25.72 35 Cents $15.40 .12 $1.40 $1.40 $6.80 $25.12 Difference: .60 The table shows sample levels of assessed valuation. The county levy--the revenue earmarked support the operation of county govern the only levy of the five before voters Dec. 22.

And that's how it stacks up for a resident of Springfield in $100 assessed valuation when a advised. terms of dollars and cents. -Staff Photo County officeholders begin hammering out the details of an the meeting, the officeholders seemed confident that voters informational campaign for the county tax levy election would approve a continuation of the current 50 cent levy. But scheduled Dec. 22 during an hour-and-a-half meeting yester- they attached some "ifs." day afternoon in the county courtroom.

During the course of TV Tax Return Check Coming By August, 1972, the Springfield office of the Internal Revenue Service should have an electronic device resembling a television screen which will increase efficiency notably and result in fewer frayed tempers. Eugene C. Coyle, St. Louis, IRS district director, told 54 members of the southwest chapter of the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants about it last night at a banquet at the Executive Arms Inn. It is called "integrated data retrieval system." It seems "adjustments" are made by IRS officials on taxpayers' accounts, either in the taxpayer's favor or in the government's favor, which bring the account "up-to-date." However, there is at present, the government being what it is, "lag" in the results of such "adjustments" reaching the taxpayer or even the local IRS office.

When the IDRS is developed, an agent in the Springfield office will be able to press a button and the taxpayer's account up-to-the-minute will be flashed on the screen. Coyle had a few words about the changes that can be expected this year. Just about every taxpayer 'Weeding Out' Being Done Federal Drivers' Rules Explained "The new regulations ing motor carrier driver qualifications, due to go into effect Jan. 1, 1971, will contribute to highway safety generally by weeding out the incompetent, the unfit and the unqualified," Bernard Watson, a Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety field representative told 200 persons last night at the Holiday Inn. Speaking before a combined meeting of the Traffic Club of Springfield and the Missouri Bus and Truck Association, Watson and Darrell Gregory, a bureau field representative from the Columbia-Cape Girardeau area, outlined and explained the six pages of changes in the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration regulations that take effect next month.

Watson maintained that the "weeding out" was being done to "reduce casualties to public and commercial drivers." He said there have been two reactions to the new regulations, "one is a misunderstanding of the interpretations and the other' Christian Countians Petition Judge Moody Grand Jury Is Urged In Carol Blades Case Circuit Judge Garner L. Moody of the 38th judicial district has been petitioned to call a special grand jury in Christian County to investigate the disappearance of Mrs. Carol Blades of Nixa nearly one year ago. A certified letter, along with petition signatures, was mailed yesterday to Judge Moody, who resides in Mansfield. The letter was signed by Milo Thornton, commander of the Nixa American Legion post, which spearheaded a drive for a reward fund soon after the 20-year-old housewife disappeared on Dec.

15, 1969. Time limit on the reward of $1000, to be paid for information leading to finding the young woman, has been extended to Dec. 18, the Legion announced. Original date for expiration of a 120-day period was last Friday. Petitions sent to Judge Moody total 672, which is 50 names more than 10 percent of the total votes cast in the last presidential election in Christian County, Thornton pointed out.

A list of 312 names was sent to the circuit judge several days ago and the remainder, 360, accompanied the letters sent yesterday. The signatures are those of Nixa and other Christian County residents, "all taxpayers and of voting age," the petition head. ing states. It requests the calling of a special grand jury in Christian County "as soon as possible." The Legion letter to Judge Moody asks that such a grand jury be convened about Jan. 2, 1971.

"What has happened in this quiet, peaceful community of Nixa could have happened to any family within your judicial district," the letter begins. "Therefore, any husband or parent is entitled to know what has happened to his wife or daughter, regardless of who they are," it continues. The letter in essence seeks an answer as to whether "a murder has been committed in Christian County." Mrs. Blades, wife of Larry Blades, now a service station employe in Nixa, disappeared after taking clothes to a laundry in Nixa during daylight hours. The clothes Were found in a washer and the couple's car was located on U.S.

160. There has been no sign of Carol Blades since, although an extensive search for her was instituted im. mediately after it was realized she was missing. At the time her husband worked in a Springfield manufacturing plant. The letter to the judge declares: "The local American Legion of Nixa feels that it is our duty to our community and ser.

vice to our community to call upon you by petition to call a special grand jury here in Christian County" to determine, as outlined in the petition, "whether Carol Blades is dead or alive." Continuing the letter states: "We feel that the sheriff's office and all of his deputies have done a good job, along with all other law enforcement officers, civic clubs, citizens in Christian County and surrounding area, and should be commended. "However, with all of this the answer is still not good enough. In an area where just about everybody knows everybody it is hard to understand how a person can just vanish in daylight without someone knowing the facts. Blue Law Charge At Nevada Dropped NEVADA (Special) Prosecutor David Donald Tuesday dismissed a Sunday closing lation charge that had been filed against Jim Cooper, of Gibson's Discount Store. It had been charged that Cooper, on Nov.

1, sold a toy and a quantity of Miss Clairol to Wilma Hendrix, agent of Roger Craft. "In plain facts if Mrs. Blades, left on her own accord she has not violated any law and the $1000 reward should have been paid, but since the reward was not paid there is but one other cause that Mrs. Carol Blades has been murdered. "In that case the time element would be that she is buried somewhere in Christian County and a murder has been committed in Christian County, in this quiet, peaceful community of Nixa." The final paragraph calls for a grand jury investigation.

In regard to the reward money, the American Legion reportedly told the sheriff of Christian County to hold the reward open for 15 more days "due to some information that might be pertinent to the case." Approximately 180 citizens contributed to the reward fund. Passage Possible Today Solons Advance Bond Issue Bill BY GARY KENNON issue plan. JEFFERSON CITY One are a capital improvement request suffered, but another was unscathed following debate and advancement Tuesday by the Missouri House of a bill spelling out items proposed under a $248.6 million state bond South Lake Area Staff Writer Parkmen Pave Way for Zoo Improvement Cost estimates for ment for the south lake area in Dickerson Park were presented to the Springfield Park Board last night and, after much discussion, were approved. Federal Projects Officer Kurt Naegler requested the approval of the $51,000 estimate in order for him to present the project plans to the State Inter-Agency for Outdoor Recreation for qualification for 50 percent matching funds. The project would include excavation of the drained lake when weather permits and building a public recreation area around the lake area.

The source of local funds will be determined at a later date. Board member Bill Maynard questioned the advisibility of committing the board for service or funds by others, and was told by Zoo Director Randall Carney and Jim Payne, board of directors member of the Greater Ozarks Zoological Society, that they were not asking the board to make any commitments, only to approve the plan. Payne said the Zoological Society was requesting "to carry the ball on this one. This organization is willing to underwrite this project," he added. Maynard then questioned if this would be first on the list of priorities, and was told that this is one of the projects which can be aided with federal funds, even though a multi-purpose building would be needed first.

"You're looking a gift horse in the mouth if you don't accept this," Naegler said. See IMPROVEMENTS, Page 30 School Volunteers To Be Honored Today Twohundred Springfield school volunteers will be recognized for their service to the public school system during a coffee at 9:30 this morning in the Administrative Service Center. The volunteers will be presented service pins and provided an opportunity to discuss the volunteer program as well as to visit with their colleagues. Along with 200 others similarly honored Monday, the school volunteers contributed 21,066 hours of service to the schools last year, according to Mrs. Jane Erb, coordinator of volunteer services.

20-Year Term For Kidnaping KANSAS CITY (AP) Ronald Earl Archer, 21, formerly of Medora, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday on his Nov. 30 conviction of kidnaping a Hardy, minister and a West Plains, pilot. Judge Elmo B. Hunter of U.S. District Court directed the sentence run consecutively with a sentence of six months-to-life given Archer last July in Burbank, on a first-degree robbery conviction.

Archer escaped from the Stafford County Jail at St. John, in September, 1969, with James John Byrnes, 44, formerly one of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives. Police said they drove to The House advanced the measure toward possible final passage today after a 3-hour debate Tuesday. During the debate, an attempt to eliminate a proposed $4.3 million allocation for projects at the federal state soldiers' home at St. James was beaten back.

Rep. William Phelps, R- Kansas City, offered an amendment to chop the funds, saying he didn't think it could be justified "to spend at the rate of $13,000 a for veterans at St. James when the state can't afford to spend the same money for 450.000 total war veterans in the state. There are 300 persons housed at the St. James home.

Re p. Richard Smallwood, D.St James, defended the facility as one which was founded because the state felt should do something for our indigent veterans." Smallwood said the facility was 65 percent self-sustaining. Rep. E. J.

Cantrell, D-Overland, the House appropriations chairman, also defended the St. James facility, saying it "comes closer to be self-sustaining than many other state agencies." A voice vote defeated the Phelps amendment. Racing Report Given 9-Day Fair Is Discussed Expanding the Ozark Empire Fair to a 9-day event was discussed at the fair board meeting Tuesday afternoon. Fair manager Lewis Miller said that the move wouldn't be made for this year's fair, but the 1972 fair is being considered for the addition. In other action during the meeting, a report on the stock car racing was presented, and revealed that the small car racing inside the arena has been a success.

However, financially the event has only "broken even." Miller said that the financial problems of racing could be attributed to the fact that there is no heating inside the arena. Miller said that to attract more spectators to the mini. stock car races, the season dates would be moved up. He added that a new track for the racing is being completed in front of the grandstand. This will provide a place for races in the spring, and then they'd be moved into the arena in the fall.

Jury Deliberates Nearly 5 Hours, Convicts St. Clair After 4 hours and 45 minutes of deliberation, a jury last night found 20-year-old Ronald St. Clair, 636 South Douglas, guilty of a charge of illegal sale of narcotics (marijuana). The jury recommended a 5-year sentence. The 2-day trial took place in the courtroom of Judge James H.

Keet. St. Clair was arrested by city police last Aug. 20. Judge Keet set Feb.

5 for a hearing on a motion for a new trial. St. Clair remains free on $2500 bond. Young Couple Hurt In City Accident A young Springfield couple was taken to Cox Medical Center from a 2-car crash at Calhoun and Newton shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday.

Robert Dale Presley, 19, of 1441 West Calhoun, suffered possible neck injuries, and his wife, Vickie, 19, was treated left knee laceration and possible chest injuries after Presley's car collided with an auto driven by Clarence H. Hudson, 61, of 2141 West Chestnut, Officer Ron Foster reported. HARRISON, Ark. Doug Hudson has been elected president of the Chamber of Commerce here, succeeding Sheridan Garrison. A meeting will be held at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Coachman restaurant to change bylaws and plan a work program. As 'Thank You' 30 Agriculture Leaders Given UMC Awards About 30 residents of the ten counties in the Lakes Country area were presented College of Agriculture centennial medallions at a dinner held in Raines Hereford Room here last night. More than a hundred attended. Presentations, made by Elmer R.

Kichl, dean of the College of Agriculture. University of Missouri at Columbia, were in recognition of long and effective leadership to the progress of agriculture in the area, Dean Kiehl explained. He said the awards were the college's way of a thank-you leaders over the state who had contributed to the program of a school now celebrating its 100th year. "If we honored all who probably deserve it, it would take 140,000 medallions maybe even 150,000 and that was too much of a financial burden for the college to attempt," Kiehl said. Presiding over the brief program was Alan King, Dadeville, member of the University of Missouri Agricultural Alumni Association also, incidentally, president of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association.

The association had co-sponsored the program. Selection was through nominations from association members and officials, also extension personnel and officials throughout the state. The medallion, a heavy bronze cast elliptical in shape and ly three inches long and an inch and a half wide, bears the college's centennial seal on front and the motto of the college on the back. "Finding a Better Way." Recipients, by counties: Greene Wesley Johnson, Mid-American Dairymen Springfield: Earl Hudgings, Ash Grove; George Schmitt, Route 11; Mrs. Robert Thomson, Route 2, and Tom Ellis, farm editor of Springfield Newspapers.

A sixth recipient was Dr. G.E. Karls, retired head of See AWARDS, Page 30 Poplar Bluff Lawyer Nominated by Nixon WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon nominated Tuesday H. Kenneth Wangelin, 57, Poplar Bluff, a lawyer, as disjudge for the eastern district of Missouri. William H.

Webster, St. Louis, 46, was nominated to be district judge for a new eastern district of Missouri. A member of a St. Louis law firm, Webster formerly was U.S. attorney for the Eastern Missouri district.

An amendment which gained House approval was one by Rep. Les Langsford, R-Springfield, who proposed cutting a $125,000 item from the See HOUSE, Page 30 gets a booklet from the government in December containing income tax form for the year. It has a sticker on it, with name and address. This year the taxpayer will peel the sticker loose from the outside cover and stick it onto his return where the name and address belong. Coyle said instructions to taxpayers this year will be in a separate booklet inside the main one, and not on the back of the return.

There will be fewer sheets to send in as the return will have to be filled in on both sides. "We've corrected just about every complaint we had on last year's form 1040," said Coyle. Coyle said that those filing returns for income of less than $5000 had been decreased by 1,000,000 returns. On the other hand, he said the taxpayers itemizing deductions had been increased by a million. Coyle called attention to these differences on 1970 returns: 1.

Personal exemption has been increased from $600 to $625. 2. Single persons with an income of less than $1700 need no longer file a return. 3. Married couples making less than $2300 need no longer file a return.

"This will reduce the work load by 6,000,000 taxpayers," said Coyle. Coyle also mentioned some changes for big taxpayers those with payroll taxes of a month to pay more and in some cases, payers of excise taxes. They are required to make deposits of the tax money at regular intervals. Under one change, they will be allowed to make these deposits by check instead of by cash. Under another change, there will be no government penalty if deposit is as 90 percent of the correct amount.

These changes go into effect Feb. 1. Speeding Car Stopped, DW1 Ticket Issued Johnny Mack Chavers, 22, 3309 South Dayton, was cited on an intoxicated driving complaint after police reported stopping his speeding auto at Jefferson and Portland about 9:40 last night, Office Jerry Patton said Chavers, who registered .23 percent alcohol on a test, was driving 55 to 60 miles an hour and weaving. JOPLIN-A request by the Missouri National Guard for five acres of land in Wildcat Park, as a proposed site for a new armory, will be explained to the Joplin park board today. At Stave Company Suffocation Is Blamed In Death LEBANON (Special) An employe of the Independent Stave Company here died of suffocation Monday morning after becoming entangled in a conveyor belt which pulled him into a smoke stack, an autopsy report has revealed.

The body of Orval Everett Barker, 56, was found at 7:45 a.m. Monday entangled in the conveyor which had been recently installed to supress smoke. He was found by fellow employes who apparently were not present at the time of the accident. Mr. Barker is survived by his wife, Edna; three sons, Everett, Charles and Jerry, all of the home; two daughters, Judy of the home, and Vera Lee, Rolla; his father, William Oscar Barker, Springfield; five brothers, Oral of Enid, Junior, of Fredonia, Floyd and LeRoy both of Springfield, and Cecil of Lebanon; five sisters, Mrs.

Gossett, Hawaiian Gardens, Mrs. May Harper and Mrs. Doris Davis, both of Niangua, Mrs. Winona Pride and Mrs. Willa Jean Miller, both of Springfield.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Little Vine Church with the Rev. Henry Long officiating. Burial will be in Little Vine Cemetery under direction of Colonial Chapel. is the personal interest displayed by drivers and carriers alike." "The general feeling among the carriers and drivers is that it's a good regulation," he continued, "and they feel as we do that they would not cause the loss of any driver's job if the driver is conscientious about the safety of the then motoring that shares highway with him and he is physically and mentally fit to operate a commercial vehicle." The new regulation will apply to both private and for -hire carriers crossing state lines and to Missouri intrastate carriers under Public Service Commission authority.

Among the new additions to the regulations is one providing that it is a violation of the U.S. criminal code for any person to aid, abet, encourage or require a motor carrier or driver to violate the rules. Watson explained that such violations, after an investigation by a field representative, See DRIVERS, Page 30 $200,000 Asked For Expulsion Hardy in a stolen car and kidnaped the Rev. Gary Lynn Martin, forcing him to drive them to West Plains. They chartered an airplane at West Plains and reportedly forced the Rev.

Mr. Martin and the pilot, Charles Hopkins, to accompany them to Des Moines, Iowa where the two were released. Archer was arrested last April 15 in Burbank and Byrnes was picked up two days later in Los Angeles. Last month Byrnes was sentenced Oklahoma City to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of interstate transportation of a stolen airI plane. A Monett man is seeking $200,000 damages for what he claims was an illegal expulsion from Local 156 of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association.

Plaintiff Charles E. Forrester alleges in his petition, filed yesterday in court that on July 6 he was expelled from the local on "false and fraudulent" charges, and blacklisted by the organization. Forrester claims the expulsion was the result of his exercise of the right of free speech, protected under the Landrum-Grif. A Act, and seeks $200,000 in acfin tual and punitive damages. Named as defendants are the international union; inter.

national vice president Albert Meinert of Ferguson; Local 156 of Joplin; and Local 156 officers Paul Edwards, Bob Cooper, Clifford Starchman, Delbert W. Cooper, and Carl Daniel, all of Joplin..

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