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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 3

Des Moines, Iowa
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Monday, May 4, 1970
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State May Be Losing Millions In Unp aid By George Mills An interstate trucking company using Iowa-highways was reported SaturdaflltcW upward of $75,000 in unpaid taxes on diesel fuel- . The, -information reportedly turned up in an audit of the it n ri a m e d company's books. Stale revenue officials would not confirm or deny the report. The disclosure comes amid Indications that: the state may be losing considerable money, perhaps millions of'dollars a year, in unpaid taxes on diesel fuel powering large trucks on the highways.. _.. In addition, it appears other states, such as Illinois, lose hundreds of thousands of dot- lars a year tax money on diesel fuel bought in Iowa and burned outside this state. Iowa has to pay tax refunds on such fuel without'knowing, whether the truckers in turn pay the tax to other states. "Iowa collects eight cents i gallon on diesel fuel and seven cents a gallon on gasoline. This money goes into the state road fund, which helps pay for build^ ing and maintaining highways, country roads and streets. The state revenue department collected $9.6 million in diesel _fucLlaxcs_in-lD69r-up-morc-than $1 million from 1968. Iowa Highway. Commission officials, however, believe truck traffic on the highways should be generating quite a bit more diesel lax revenue than that. Increased Value The number - of big oiit-of- . state trucks using the highways has increased substantially The increase-from-1968 to-1969 was close to 25 per cent and the 1970 totals are running ahead of 1969. Up to May 1 1969, the state Truck Licensing Board had issued licensing au thority to 35,397 truck power units and 57,506 big trailers from other states to use Iowa highways. On May 1 of thi year, there were 44,070 such truck units and 64,234 trailers registered. All signs point to a final 19701 lotpl of at least 55,000 truck i units and close to 75,000 trailers | from other states registered in| Iowa. In addition, there are) 12,000 Iowa-based power units licensed for interstate travel and added thousands of big Iowa trailers. Trade-off on Tax Joining this throng arc so- called "reciprocity permit" trucks coming into Iowa on irregular trips from other states. These trucks are allowed to use Iowa roads upon payment of a reciprocity permit fee, currently $1, provided Iowa trucks are given the same privileges in those states. So far this year 61,627 such incoming trucks have been recorded in Iowa. Licensing board officials said they believe the final 1970 number of "reciprocity permit" trucks will far exceed the 113,000 listed in 1969. The state Revenue Department bad only two auditors checking the fuel tax pay-, mcnts of interstate truckers in 1969 but has increased that staff to four. The two auditors completed checking the books of 107 out-of-state truck firms in 1969 and collected $109,085 in unpaid taxes and penalties. In the first three months ot total travel in Iowa that year f 14.8 billion vehicle-miles, in- luding passenger cars and rucks. These miles, of.\course, nclude vehicles powered by asoline as well as diesel fuel. As an indication of how thiich all types of vehicle travel are ncreasing, commission officials xpect final figures will show otal travel reached 15.5 billion Moines Reqitfer Pet a* 3 Men..' May 4, I970 * C08IPE6IM 1T$2MIEION WASTED Continued from Page One the waste-disposal plant, where it, is spread on a conveyor belt for sorting and separating into organic wastes such as gar;e, leaves, grass clippings; SOMETHING'S. HAPPENING i IN THE TRIBUNE TONIGHT! cicle-miles ifl 1969 "and move up to 16.2 billion miles his year. The problem with diesel fyel s that more of it is -used legitimately for non-highway purposes than for powering rucks." Diesel fuel is identical with heating oil, for one thing. Also, diesel fuel powers a lot of farm tractors and other non-highway equipment. The diversity of uses adds to he difficulty of policing diesel uel tax collections. But revenue officials have been expressing belief in the last year .hat enforcement has tightened considerably. One Problem One problem: The Iowa law allows an incoming truck to liave up to 30 gallons in its lank, if the truck operator has no Iowa fuel permit. A sizable majority of. such trucks can not possibly be checked, however. There are too many roads leading into Iowa, too many trucks entering the state, not enough officers to check^the flow of traffic. The large users report their miles traveled jn"Iowa~eacir_ month and pay the tax on the basis of 4.86 miles average travel to a gallon of diesel. Thousands of truckers are independents, however, who "trip-lease" loads, often for the large truck lines. Such "trip- leasers'^ in many cases do not reporLJheir miles to anyone and present a difficult enforce- salvageable materials, such as tin cans, aluminum cafis, glass, rags, paper; and inert, non-salvageable materials such as ceramics r concrete, rock. This sorting is mostly done by magnetic and electronic means, Hendriks said, although some hand-sorting may be necessary to pick out such things as aluminum cans. The organic wastes are ground and pulped and can then be combined with sludge from the sewage treatment plant for processing into a highly efficient natural fertilizer. The salvageable materials arc shredded in heavy-duty choppers and baled for shipment to salvage firms and Central Iowa's Best Fishing Spots Fishing is off to a great start at says Outdoor Editor Heis Tnttle, in the first of a 12- pa'rt series, appearing three times weekly, on Central Iowa's best fishing spots. His articles will include maps, photos, fishing tips and information on bait, boats and shelter facilities in each area. Charged With Fund Shortage . A ;29-yMi!iOM. DeiMoinesr msfn was arrested Sunday night and charged with embezzle* Welk Has Drawn Record Crowds at the State Fair FAIR- Continued from Page One hounds races, and time arid distance events. The Entertainment The cntertaniment headliners announced by Fulk at a press conference Sunday: Friday, Aug. 21, two shows, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Johnny Cash, Junc,.,Cartcr, Yankee No' In Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (AP) — Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators marched through old San Juan Sunday chanting "Yankee go home," and "Cuba si, Yankee no." ment by agent.- Milton L. Jensen, who gave his address as 2704 Ashby ave., had been sought since 'Apr. 29 on a warrant issued by Municipal Court Judge Howard Brooks." Police said Wayland Jaekson of Booneviller the-district .manager for Pay-Less Self-Service-Shoe Stores, discovered $1,192.79 .missing in an audit of the books of the Pay- Less Store at 5406 Douglas ave., where Jensen was ehi- ployed as manager. - ,. _ Jensen is scheduled to be arraigned in Municipal Court at 9 a.m. today. He was arrested as he was retrieving his car which had been impounded by .West Moines police. MICHIGAN GRANT the Carter family, the Slallcr| dcm an ^, 'independence ANN ARBOR, MICH. (AP) The University of Michigan has The march was sponsored byj received a $2 million grant from the pro-independence movement! the Ford Foundation to assist in to protest U.S. draft laws am!!: establishment of a "Michigan manufacturers. Stable Base The non-salvageable material also is shredded -ami-baled, -he said, and then buried in a landfill operation. But because these materials do not decompose further, they '-provide a stable base for any future use that may be made of the landfill site. The organic materials make up about 50 per cent of the total trash, he said. Salvageable materials account for about 25 per cent; non-salvageable materials-for about 17 per cent and-various-other -waste-products, such as chemicals, for about 8 per cent. Thus, about 75 per cent of these materials can be cycled back for re-use in one. form or another, Hendriks said. Cost is the determining factor in any such operation, he said. The Houston plant is a $2-million facility and was built by REGISTER PHOTO BY LARRY NEIBERGALL Parnell Pastime Patti Huff, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Huff of the Iowa community of Parnell, passes the time by playing hopscotch in front of her home. mcnt problem. ^ State revenue officials always j private capital in 1966. hav.e maintained that they get good reporting from Iowa service stations on diesel fuel tax collections, 1970, the .four auditors topped the results for all of 1969- The department reported that $159,808 was collected in delinquent diesel fuel accounts in the first quarter of 1970, or $50,000 more than in all of 1969. The big gain in audit results in the first quarter tends to confirm the report that the auditors have found at least one major tax evasion by a trucking firm this year. Also attracting particular, attention right now are the refunds paid to truckers on fuel bought in Iowa and reportedly burned in other states. For example,, if an interstate trucker reports he bought 100 gallons of diesel fuel in eastern Iowa and burned 90 gallons in Illinois, he would be law to a entitled under Tnwa refund of the Iowa state tax on the 90 gallons, or $7.20. But Illinois does not audit such truck fuel tax records, nor does Wisconsin. Want Proof Maybe the trucker voluntarily pays that tax in Illinois — but more likely he doesn't. Illinois i s understandably exercised about the situation, and there are recommendations that no state should pay refunds without first getting proof that the tax has been paid to other states. The amount of such refunds paid by Iowa also is rising. Iowa paid out $420,543 in refunds .in 1969, or about $35,000 a month. In January of this year Iowa refunded $39,448 in motor fuel taxes to interstate truckers and in February the figure reached $50,441. The Iowa Highway Commission estimated in 1969 that dies e 1-burning trucks traveled more than 860 million miles in Iowa in 1968. At an average of 4.5 miles to the gallon, the commission said, that traffic should have generated $15.3 million in diesel taxes for the state. Even now, diesel collections in Iowa probably are not much more than $10 million a year. The commission officials based their estimate for 1968 on Convention of lotva Insurance Agents Lyle Huggins, president of the National Association of Insurance Agents, will be the featured speaker today - at the sixty-fourth annual convention o f the Independent Ins u r a n c-e Agents of Iowa at Hotel Fort Des Moines. The convention will continue' through Tuesday. Ik a 608 Walnut St., Des Moines USE YOUR MASTER CHG. w Bright nite and Open Mon. Night Til 9 won derful A sleek and spirited style. With the look, the line, the shape of things to come. The Irene is available in white leather or black patent. 4 1 /:>10, AAAA-C .,...$18 U-il Slightly Higher ' Private Firm It is operated by' a private company under contract to the city, which pays a dumping fee of $3.78 per ton for the first 300 tons per day and $3.40 for tonnage in excess of that. The plant has a capacity of 360 tons per day. Hendriks estimated that a plant large enough to handle the solid wastes from the Des Moines metropolitan area would cost about $7.5 million. The area produces about 1,000 tons of waste a day. Hendriks, who has been geology professor at .Cornell since 1947, said he became interested in trash disposal because of the gollution that present methods cause and the .drain on natural resources by Uhe present economy. brothers, Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three. Tickets from $2 to $5. Tuesday .Aug. 1 25; two shows, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. —Engclbcrt Humperdinck, the Burgundy Street Singers, 31-piecc orchestra. Tickets, ?2 j to $5. •-'• ; Wednesday, Aug. 26 — One night show — Red Skclton. Tickets $2 to $5. Thursday, Aug. 27 — One night show — Porter Wagoner Show, with Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Spec Rhodes and the Wagonmasters; Faron Young and the Deputies; Jim Ed Brown and the Gems; Blake -Emmons- and -Don—Wauser-.— Tickets $1.50 to $4. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29. One show each night — Lawrence Welk with his orchestra and television performers. Tickets $2 to $5. Fulk said the signing of Skelton, called the "greatest living clown," was the culmination of many years of effort. Holds Record Welk holds the fair record for amount of money grossed by an Puerto Rico. for'Society of Fellows" for further 1 graduate student study. YOUNKERS 1 MKKLK II A V entertainer during his appearance here at the fair here in 1966. Weik grossed about $125,000 in five nights and drew a record crowd of 18,000 one night with a.gate of $28,000. Humperdinck, whose, real name is Arnold George Dorsey, recorded -a, song r "Release Me,"' which sold 4te million copies. Fulk said this year's fair will have a theme of "Soaring Into the 70s". Report Theft at Church in DM. Officials of St. John's Lutheran Church,. Sixth avenue and :eosauqua Way, reported to po- ice that burglars stole two electric typewriters valued at 1600 from the church's offices Saturday night. EXPLOSION IN FRANCE GRENOBLE, FRANCE (REUTERS) — Three explosions went off near a courthouse, a prison _and the_offices of the American-owned International Business Machines (I.B.M.) Co., here Sunday. There were no injuries and only I minor damage, police said. 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