The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 23, 1986 · Page 3
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Wednesday, April 23, 1986
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THE BAVTOWN SUN Thursday forecast Temperatures .. Shoyvprs R;un Flumes Snow FRONTS: W;irm ^_. <)( (.Illllcil St.'llii ' Skies to remain clear over much of Texas 9-4 HL&P increase fought Beach City to join rate protest By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Skies were mostly clear Wednesday under a high- pressure mass in East Texas and a trough of low pressure anchored in the Big Bend and reaching into eastern New Mexico. Patches of mid- and high-level clouds dotted the lower Rio Grande valley, West Texas and the Red River area. Otherwise, skies over the Lone Star State were clear. . Early-morning temperature readings ranged from the the 50s to 60s throughout the state. Ex- tremes were Marfa with 47 degrees and 70 at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi. The low-pressure trough produced gusty south winds from 15 to 25 mph across the Panhandle, south plains and the western part of North Texas. Elsewhere in North Texas, winds were southeast to south at 5 to 15 mph and light and variable in the far west and Big Bend. The National Weather Service said it should be windy with some blowing dust over the high plains this evening. Reagan to ask for repeal of windfall profits tax WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan, coming to the aid of America's beleaguered oil industry, is campaigning for repeal of the windfall profits tax that was imposed in the days of skyrocketing prices and gasoline shortages. Now, with the oil industry reeling from a worldwide production glut and collapsing prices, the windfall profits tax produces virtually no revenue for the Treasury but is a source of irritation for petroleum producers. Repeal of the tax would be welcome news in energy- producing states, particularly in Texas, which accounts for about one-third of the U.S. production and • js a key battleground in presidential races. 'Reagan's decision to work for repeal of the tax and to win deregulation of the natural gas industry was announced Tuesday following meetings with oil state congressmen and governors.. • Rep. Richard Cheney, R-Wyo., said the.windfall profits tax — which .would kick in again if oil prrces ;increase — "fundamentally discourages people from taking.risks that go with exploration for oil and gas. "Now, while the price is down (it's), a good opportunity for us to cle'ar away some of the underbrush that would otherwise serve as a disincentive to the kind of investment we're going to have to have," Cheney added. Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, said the tax, while producing no revenue, "places a very large administrative burden on the industry, a cost which could be used to develop and find more energy." As a candidate in 1980, Reagan had opposed the windfall profits tax, but as president he had not worked for its repeal. Announcing Reagan's decision, presidential spokesman Larry Speakes said, "While the president remains concerned about our energy security, he reaffirmed his belief that lower energy prices are of great overall benefit to the American economy." By LOUISE SHAW BEACH CITY - After hearing protests from Beach City residents, City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday night to join a coalition of cities to fight a rate increase proposed by Houston Lighting it Power Co. William Close, spokesman for HLiP, told the residents the company Js asking for a 17- percent Increase in electric rates. "We are at the mercy of our supplier," Close said in justifying the increase to the residents. Beach City resident Madge Lablt asked Close how he could justify a rate Increase when the company was building a "country club" for its executives at the HL&P canal, located down the road from City Hall. Close told Mrs. Labit that the club is being built by Houston Industries, a parent company of HL&P. The coalition, which is spearheaded by the city of Houston, is made up of cities with original jurisdiction, Rusty Senac, newly installed mayor, told the residents. Senac said the city had two choices. It could vote to join the coalition in fighting the increase before the Public Utility Commission or simply deny the increase themselves by passing an ordinance. Alderman Robert Barrow made a motion that the city simply deny the increase stating that he wanted the city to go on record as opposing any rate increase proposed by the company. He was met with opposition by Jim Ainsworth, former mayor, and Alderman Dan Johnson. Ainsworth told council he did not think the city should go with the simple denial because the city does not have the funds to fight a rate increase by themselves. "If you go with the coalition you have 50 cities fighting it with you." Ainsworth said. "It will cost no money," he added. Barrow lold Ainsworth that the PUC would grant a rate increase no matter what but that the city would go on record as wanting no increase. Cities in the coalition will have to stand behind what the coalition decides even if it accepts a rate increase. "If you join the coalition you will be hearing from them and will be asked input," Ainsworth argued. Johnson told Barrow if the city would join the coalition, it would have more clout when the company goes before the PUC with an appeal. Johnson also asked Close why HL&P did not "tighten their belts" like other area industries and get rid of some- middle management personnel Close responded that the company is cutting its number of employees and predicted a y- percent decline in personnel this year through retirement and attrition. Barrow and Paul Loll voted in favor of the city individually denying the increase. Danny Johnson and Frank Martarana opposed the motion. The tie was broken by Senac, who voted against the motion. Johnson then made the motion to join the coalition. It was seconded by Marlarana. Voting for joining the coalition was Johnson, Martarana and Lot! Barrow opposed the motion to join. In other action: •Senac lold council he wanted to call a town meeting sometime in May to give residents input into city government. "I want feedback from residents on what they would like to see council do or not do," Senac said. •Senac also asked for reports from the Tri-City Beach Volunteer Ambulance Service and the Beach City Volunteer Ambulance Service, giving (he number of calls, their location, funding, elc. Senac said he hopes lo as* the county to help in (Mi- ding the services since many of the calls are made outskto the city limits. •Senac told residents this was the city's 20th anniversary and he wanted to see the city celebrate with a special function and the putting together of a history of the city. •Alderman Dan Johnson was elected mayor pro tern. •A Sesquicentennial flag was presetted to the city by the Beach City Planning Committee. Malcolm Sarria. chairman of the committee, made the presentation. MOmPOiNCOSni j " Interior • Brush • Woterproofing PAINTING Ext«ri«r • Roll M Protei* rf CJTMU f nffrt L FRM COURTIOUS HTlMATfS Libya orders reporters out TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Information Ministry officials said Wednesday that all American and Western European reporters were being ordered out of Libya immediately. The word came from junior ministry officials at the Tripoli hotel where about 250 Western journalists were staying. Reporters were trying to contact higher officials to confirm that they were being ordered to leave. London Broadcasting Corp. correspondent Dave Loyn said he was having breakfast with other Western correspondents when Libyan officials told them they had to get on buses for the airport svithiri 10 minutes He said an official told him the move was in retaliation for deportation orders issued by Britain against 21 Libyans. A junior Libyan official at the hotel confirmed to The Associated Press that Western reporters were being ordered out. 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