Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 105-No. 82 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, Saturday, April 6, 1974 — Six Pages Delivered by Carrier Boy Each Evening for BOc Per Week f C Single I ^ C Copy Income Tax Collections Pouringinat RecordPace DES MOINES — Many observers close to the scene are astounded that state income tax collections are continuing to pour in at a record pace. Through the first nine months of the current fiscal year (July through March), state income tax collections are running 27 percent ahead of the corresponding period a year earlier. Gross income tax collections for the past nine months total $254.1 million, compared to $205 million for the same period a year earlier. When Governor Robert Ray presented his supplemental budget to the Legislature last January, it was predicated on income tax collections increasing by 16 percent during the current fiscal year. After years of an economic growth rate of 6 to 7 percent, the budget makers thought 16 percent was a very healthy increase, which it is. But inflation and a sizable increase in farmers' income has accelerated state income tax revenues. In the fiscal year ending last June 30, i ncome tax collections — before any refunds — totaled $288 million. Using a 16 percent growth factor, the state's fiscal experts looked forward to total state income tax collections this fiscal year of $332.5 million. A continued surge in income tax collections means the size of the surplus in the state treasury will grow by a corresponding amount. State Comptroller Marvin Selden has forecast a balance of $154.2 million this coming June 30. Part of this will be used for new programs voted by the Legislature, but the fact remains the state's pocketbook is bulging. The state's fiscal experts, however, are fearful that conditions could suddenly change. What about farmers claiming they are losing money raising cattle? Will many of the building trade unions in Iowa go on strike May 1 when their contracts expire? These are only two of the imponderables that these fiscal experts must consider in trying to project state revenues. Last January the comptroller's office figured Water System Progress Made MANNING - The West Central Iowa Rural Water association is making rapid progress in the water distribution system for the Nishnabotna sub-system, according to Raymond Ehlers of Manning, president. He added, that if the association is able to maintain the schedule set up by the engineers, the sub-system test drilling and test Dumoine will be completed be April 10. In order to maintain the timetable, the Board of Directors of the association has taken steps t6 limit and stop taking water user agreements as of April 15[ 1974, to enable them to fulfill agreements already signed. Any person wanting to sign after the April 15, 1974, cut-off date, is subject to review on a single case basis by the associations board of directors. Increase in membership and hook-up fees after April 15, 1974, has also been considered. Assuming everything goes well, the best estimates for the project follow: 1. Complete test drilling and pumping on or about April 10,1974. 2. Complete acquisition of all pipeline easements on or about June 1,1974. 3. Obtain water withdrawal permit on or about June 1,1974. 4. Complete all boundary and topographic surveys on or about June 1,1974. 5. Complete detailed plans and specifications on or about July 15,1974. 6. Have plans and specifications reviewed by the Farmers Home Administration and Iowa Department of Environmental Quality by August 15,1974. 7. Advertise and let the project for bids on or about September 15,1974. 8. Issue a Notice to Proceed on or about November 15,1974. 9. Complete construction by November 15,1975. These dates are subject to change because of factors such as weather and obtaining easements. The West Central Iowa Rural Water association was organized in March of 1970 when a group of area farmers met at the V.F.W. Hall in Manning to discuss the possibilities for better water in the rural West Central Iowa area including sections of Carroll, Shelby, Audubon, Crawford and Sac counties. After some discussion with legal counsel and engineers, a feasibility study was made for a rural water system to deliver water to farms similar to that used by the rural electric co-ops in supplying electricity to farm users. The feasibility study took until approximately April of 1971 to complete. It was decided at this time a system was feasible and it was also Water, See Page 2 Nixon Steaks Complaining that President Nixon has given the impression that eating beef is unpatriotic, two Carroll County cattle feeders and a Carroll locker will provide the president with six Top of Iowa steaks. The steaks, provided by Bernholtz Brothers Locker, were given to Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Robert Lounsberry, second from right, here Saturday morning. Lounsberry will give the steaks to the president when in Washington, D.C. next week. With Lounsberry, from left, are, Dale Bernholtz, Carroll; Don Winners, Manning; Lounsberry; and Vic Tomka, Carroll. FBI Seizes Hearst Terrorist Papers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — FBI agents have seized a recent terrorist communique and other documents in the Patricia Hearst kidnaping from the attorney for a San Francisco underground newspaper. The raid came Friday as trustees for $4 million offered M1UION by the Hearst Corp. said the money is still available to buy free food for the poor if Miss Hearst is released unharmed. FBI agents served the warrant on Vincent Hallinan, attorney for the biweekly San Francisco Phoenix, for the April 2 communique from the Symb i o n e s e Liberation Army, whose members dragged Miss Hearst from her Berkeley apartment Feb. 4. "They just came in with a search warrant and snatched it," said John Bryan, editor of the newspaper. Bryan said he had refused to turn the material over to authorities and gave it to Hallinan for safekeeping. Bryan said the FBI took SLA communique No. 7, a note to Bryan purportedly from the SLA and a carbon copy of the SLA communique received Wednesday by radio station KSAN. AREA FORECAST Mostly cloudy Saturday night, lows in low to mid 30s. Mostly cloudy and colder Sunday, highs in lower 50s. farm income would level off during the next fiscal year which begins July 1. After all, farmers had to pay more for their supplies and presumably would be paying less state income tax because their profits would be down accordingly. So, the comptroller based his projections on an 8 percent growth in state income tax collections for the next fiscal year, or total collections of $332.5 million. But some legislators are beginning to wonder aloud if those estimates aren't on the low side. Only time will tell. Buildings Burned at Lake City Fire heavily damaged two businesses Friday night and Saturday in the southwest Calhoun County town of Lake City. By dawn Saturday, fire fighters had brought the fire under control, but Walters Appliance Co. and the adjacent Matthews Hardware store were severely damaged. Fire fighters from Lake City, Lohrville and Rockwell City were hampered by heavy smoke, but managed to keep the flames from the nearby Bauman Jewelry. As a precaution, employes at the jewelry store removed much of their stock and fittings. The cause of the fire,\as well as monetary loss to the two businesses, was not immediately established. There were no injuries reported. Fire Chief Al Redenius of Lake City Saturday morning estimated the loss in the fire at more than $100,000. Redinius said the blaze started about four feet above the base of the floor near an electrical entrance at the rear of the Waiters building. He said the fire had a good start before the alarm was sounded. The fire chief discounted a report that gas or some kind of vapor was responsible for the fire. "It was definitely not from a gas leak," the chief said. "After investigating we are of the opinion that the fire was caused by inadequate or improper wiring." Eldon Walters, part owner of the appliance store, said there had been a gas smell in the Walters building "for some time." He said several crews had searched for the cause of the gas smell but had found nothing. Watters said a crew had been checking the gas smell Friday afternoon. Watters said his store and the Matthews firm owned by Louis Matthews have a common wall and said the fire spread to the second floor of the hardware store. He said that between fire and water there was "tremendous damage" to the Matthews store. The fire had caused the bricks to crumble in one area in the common wall, Watters said. Fire, See Page 2 Check for $12,600- Mrs. David Garst of Coon Rapids, member of the St. Anthony Regional Hospital Board of Directors, accepts a check for $12,600 from Mrs. John Whaley, president of the Hospital Auxiliary, to pay for a new pressure injector and rapid cassette changer. Looking on at left are Howard Johnson, x-ray technician, and Dr. Frank Reibold, radiologist. The new equipment will be used to study veins and arteries of the body. Hospital Gets a New Unit to Study Veins, Arteries A pressure injector and rapid cassette changer has been purchased for St. Anthony Regional hospital by the Hospital auxiliary. The $12,600 unit will be used in the x-ray department to study the various veins and arteries in the body. The new equipment will be used in the following manner: A power driven syringe will inject dye into an artery or vein at a specific interval of time. As the dye passes through a specified artery or vein, a series of films will be taken. As many as 20 films can be taken in less than 20 seconds. The conditions of the walls of the blood vessels, both when they are filled and as the dye is passing through, are then studied. Any displacement by tumors or any distortion from injury can be diagnosed. The Hospital Auxiliary has been instrumental in obtaining new equipment for the various departments of the hospital over a number of years, raising the funds through special projects. The medical staff issued a statement Saturday extending its appreciation to the auxiliary for its interest in obtaining new equipment for the improvement of patient care. Mrs. David Garst, in behalf of the hospital Board of Directors, accepted the check for the equipment from Mrs. John Whaley, president of the Auxiliary. The board expressed its appreciation to the auxiliary for current and past contributions and the many hours of volunteer service performed by Auxiliary members. Vote for Regional Schools, Move to Abolish County Units DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—A new system of providing special education' services to school districts has been approved by the Iowa House. It passed 84-4 Friday a bill which would abolish the present county and joint county school districts effective July 1, 1975, and set up area educational agencies to deliver special education instead. Proponents of the measure, which returns to the Senate for action on numerous amendments, said it would provide more effective services for youngsters with physical or mental handicaps and learning disabilities, and at less cost. The special education agency areas would have the same boundaries as the area community colleges. The services they would provide include such things as psychological testing, remedial reading and other programs for handicapped children. Rep. Charles Grassley, R^ New Hartford, said the measure is the fruit of three years of work by interim study com. mittees and the legislature. "The bill is not all I wanted, but there is so much here that we can take real satisfaction in it, "Grassley said. He said he and the study committee started with the view that "education of the retarded and handicapped children should receive as much consideration as girls' basketball," and the bill provides it will receive fully as much and maybe more. It will assure, Grassley said, that education of children with special problems will be treated the same as education for other children, and the financing system provided in the bill would assure that property taxes do not bear too much of the cost. "This bill is so far-reaching, such an advance in education in the state of Iowa, that I think it's going to be looked at by a lot of other states as a pattern," Grassley said. The bill provides that extra school aid for special education will be provided through the state foundation plan by "weighting" the count of special education students in computing enrollment. For example, each special education student might be counted as one and a half students for school aid purposes. Rep. Delwyn Stromer, R-Garner, chairman of the House Education Committee, wrote in authorization for the School Budget Review Committee to adjust the weighting formula annually to assure that enough money is Education, See Page 2 How Big is a Million? — Railroad Aid Bill Expected to Be Approved The Carroll Community sixth grade class of Mrs. Nick Schwarzenbach began a math project in January to illustrate the meaning of a pillion. To demonstrate, the class has set a goal of collecting a million bottle caps before school is dismissed in the spring. The class has figured that if each of the 32 pupils brings 100 caps each week, it will take 333 weeks to meet the goal. The class is now seeking bottle cap contributions so it can reach its May goal. The sixth graders are also researching the recycling of bottle caps as an end to their project. As of Friday the class had collected approximately 78,000 caps. Pupils shown with the display, from left, are, Richard Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Olson, Carroll; Tamie Mackanos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Mackanos, Carroll; Kelly McCarville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill McCarville, Carroll; Valerie Robison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Robison, Carroll; Jacque Grimsman, daughter of Mrs. Marge Grimsman, Carroll ; and Doug Hagemann, son of Mr. arid Mrs. Norbert Hagemann, Lidderdale. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A compromise measure to appropriate $4 million to assist railroads in Iowa is expected to be approved by a Senate subcommittee next week. The proposed bill would be an appropriation to the Energy Policy Council (EPC) to use in any of several ways proposed by Gov. Robert Ray and several legislators. The biggest drawback to the proposal is that the House has yet to approve the Senate- passed bill to create the Energy Policy Council. The bill gives the EPC "au- thority to use the $4 million in several alternative ways," said Lt. Gov. Art Neu. "It makes everybody happy." Sen. Calvin Hultman, RrHul- tman, a member of the subcommittee and one of several senators who worked out the compromise in conjunction with Neu, predicted the appropriations subcommittee on natural resources would approve the bill early in the week. The bill would allow the EPC to use the money for such projects as Amtrak passenger service, direct grants to railroads and property tax exemption for railroads. The council would also be directed to conduct a study of the state's rail transportation system and submit a report to the governor and legislature by March 1,1975. In the study, the EPC would be directed to —Determine the existing facilities and equipment of each railroad servicing Iowa. —Determine the type of rail service presently provided in Iowa by each railroad. —Determine the economic and energy requirements for alternate transportation in Iowa. —Develop a cost analysis to determine the effect of state financial assistance on rail transportation. —Develop a plan for rail transportation to best serve the needs of lowans. The council would be allowed to contract with Amtrak for rail passenger services between Iowa cities as well as provide financial assistance to public transit systems. The EPC would be directed to determine what rail tracks If improved would result in better transportation and to encourage that those tracks be improved. If it decides that direct assistance to the railroads to upgrade the tracks is the best way to go, it would be allowed to give the railroads money to improve the tracks. Or it could grant a 50 per cent property tax exemption on certain tracks if the railroads used that money to improve the line. In that case, the EPC would reimburse the local taxing authority for that tax.
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