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Of Local Governments Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., Sept. 4. 1974 FAVKTTEVILLE, ARKANSAS 13 Federal Funds Used To Study Property Tax Methods By KENNETH B. DALKCKI TIMES Washington Bureau WASHINGTON --' Here is a roundup of the news items 'gathered in the nation's capital by the stair of our Washington Bureau. TAX STUDY:. Federal funds are being uscu to finance a massive study of the property tax assessment, procedures of more than 200 local governments. The study is being mude by the International Association of Assessing Officers, which will produce a handbook to help all local governments inprove both the yield and equity of their properly lax collections. Some $415,000 in research funds was Miss America Contestants To Compete Tonight ATLANTIC CITY, -- Contestants at N.J. the (AP) Miss America Pageant get down to business tonight in the first o three evenings of preliminaries The 50 stale queens wil break up Into three groups to take part in separate talent, gown Juvenile Class Action Suit Filed NEW ORLEANS A P ) -- In a class action on behalf of four juveniles, a New Orleans lawyer is suing to force the return of about 1,000 Louisiana juveniles from institutions in Texas. The children have been deprived of any hope for normal family relationships by -being sent out of Louisiana, lawyer William K. RiUenberg claims. The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, contends that the juveniles were sent to Texas without benefit of adequate judicial hearings and, in lamed as defendants, forced he children to take drugs at lie convenience of the institutions and subjected them to corporal punishment and soli- .ary confinement. Among Hie Louisiana officials named as defendants .are Gov. Edwin Edwards, Education Supl. Louis Michot and the head of Ihe state urhbrell: ewimsuit and evening competition each night. Contestants won't have to wear the same gowns in competition they wore in Tuesday's traditional parade, which was marred by rain that drenched some as they rode atop open convertibles. About two-thirds of the queens completed their ride along the Z'/t-mile parade route before the showers struck. Two past Miss Americas. Terry Anne Meeuwsen (197.1) and Phyllis George (1071), rode in the parade as grand marshals. They will be hostesses for the Saturday night finals when Miss America 1975 is chosen. The reigning title holder, Ro becea Ann King, rode a float with a troupe of six former eon tcstants who recently entertained American troops abroad. Three floats extolled casino gambling, which this resort is Â· hoping soon will be legal here. New Jerseyans will vote Nov. 5 on a referendum' to legalize state-owned casinos. One of the queens, Libby Lovejoy of Sulphur, La., celebrated her 21st birthday Tuesday. As her convertible neared Convention Hall, the crowd serenaded her 'with "Happy Birthday." some cases, without counsel. It also alleges that the Texas institutions, 25 of which art health agency, Dr. William Stewart. Edwards said he believes a court will find that children were sent to the institutions in Texas only with the permission of their parents or guardians. approved for the project by the Department of Housing and Uran Development. A recent study by a Washing- on-based tax reform group ound that the typical local tax assessment is 20.2 per cent too ligh or too low on a $30,000 inglc-family house. Under the IB-month HUD con- Tact, the assessor organization will gauge the performance and cost of assessment techniques, develop recommendations to 'ynprove assessment admin- stratlon, and make suggestions for improved monitoring of assessment performance. POISON PLANTS: Y o u r backyard might be potentially poisonous! A pamphlet describing 19 common poisonous plants is now available for 70 cents by writing for "Typical Poisonous Plants," from the Consumer Information Center. Pueblo, Colo. 81009. The 21-page government publication notes that even the. fragrant bell-shaped Lily-of-the- Vallcy has roots and leaves that contain harmful 'substances if eaten. TIRE BAN: State and local ovcrnments are being urged jy the Federal Highway Administration to ban the use of slutted tires on their roads. Norbert T. Tiemann, FH.A Administrator, said in a letter to the nation's governors that ,he detrimental effects of the tires far outweight any benefits :hey may have. He said studies show the tires cause rutting of pavement which causes numerous safety problems and in creases roadway repair costs by an estimated $12 million per year. Tiemann said drivers get a false sense of security from studded tires which may slightly increase stopping ability ani improve traction on icy roads. But he said glare ice conditions for which the tires are usefu normally occur only about one per cent of the time in northern states. STAMP PLAN: Americans are being encouraged to buy a 15 stamp at Iheir local P o s t )ffice winch is useless in send- ng anything through the mail. The stamp is officially known ,s the Migratory Bird Hunting itamp and is commonly called the Duck Stamp by Ihe thousands of avid American duck lunlcrs who have been required lo buy Ihe colorful stamp since Interior Secretary Rogers C. B. Morton is now encouraging ion-hunters to buy the stamp jecause the proceeds tram their sale are used to buy and preserve wetlands for waterfowl nesting, resting.and wintering. The stamps feature different Â·aterfowl every year with this year's design depicting a pair of wood ducks. More than, two million acres of land have been bought with duck stamp revenues and average annual receipts from their sale is now about $11 million. Noting the continued destruc' lion of wetlands by develop mcnl, Morton said the diverse value of marshes "to hunters ind non - hunters alike is soi great that all conservationists nd people interested in the en- 'ironmenl should share in the opportunity to preserve these ilal n a t u r a l resources. OIL IMPORTS: The Arab oil embargo brought home America's reliance on foreign pctro- cum in'quenching the nation's hirst for energy. But few jeople realize the intricate net- vork through which the U.S. gets its petroleum products. During a typical week in Au- ^ust, for example, the U.S. imported large quantities ol crude and refined oil from 28 countries Kinging from Saudi Arabia to Finland and Gabon a former French colony in West Africa. Venezuela was the biggest supplier during Ihe week, pro viding 10 per cent of the imported crude and 31 per cenl of the refined petroleum. Othei big suppliers in order of amourv were Canada, Nigeria anc Saudi Arabia. Small suppliers included It ily, Mexico. Malaysia, Angola, igypl and even t h e Panama anal Zone. PARK VISITS: Gasoline price likes and general, economic re- traints are cited by the Inle- Â·ior Department for the drop n the number of persons visiting National Park. I3ut those who da go to the .lark's" are staying longer --- a rend the National Park Service lopes continues because it means people are making greater use of the recreational facilities once they gel -.here. Overall visitation was down almost seven per cent during the first seven months of the year compared lo a similar period in 1973. Only Ihe National Capital Parks in Washington, D.C., showed an increase, and it was less than one per cent. Overnight stays at National Parks increased in most areas, parliculrly in the East and at Yellowstone National Park in California. Sailors Thick In New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Maybe it won't surprise you, hut there appears to be a bunch of sailors in New Mexico -- a state known for its desert. A journalist -- Pat Kailer of the Albuquerque Journal -Rays there are 803 registered sailboats and two established sailing clubs in the state. Most of the sailors must haul their craft mile after mile to a body of water. ' Apparently the d r i v e ' t o Elephant Bulte, Heron, Conchas. Navajo and other fakes isn't that troublesome. One ingredient sailors find prevalent in New Mexico is the wind. There's plenty of that, all right. Bill Rouch, the assistant director of New Mexico's Parks and Recreation Department, says there were 25,653 boats of all kinds registered in the state as of December 1973. That's about 2,200 more than were registered in December of 1972. He said 200 new sailboats were registered last year. "I can remember when 1 knew of only one in New Mexico," he said. There are two sailirrg clubs -the Rio Grande, which was founded in the late 1950s, and the New Mexico Sailing Club, a more recently organized group. Arkla To Seek Rate Increase LITTLE ROCK (AP- -Sheffield Nelson, president of Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co., says the utility will ask the Arkansas Public Service Commission today for a rale increase for larjjc mtiiislrial customers. Nelson said the proposed increase was aimed at bringing an additional $24 million a year to the utility before taxes. Nelson said the proposed increase would go into effect Oct. 4 and would raise prices from 45 lo 65 cents per 1,000 cubic feet. A large industrial user is classified as one that uses more than 1 million cubic feet of gas a day. Nelson estimated the company's after-taxes profit at $12 million, and he said profits would be used for more exploration and production efforts in the field. Columbia County Petition Circulated MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) _ Petitions have been filed in an attempt fo gel a proposal on the Nov. 5 general election ballot that would permit the sale of alcoholic beverages in Columbia County. Chad White of Magnolia filed the petitions Tuesday with County Clerk Nell Smith who said that her office would begin certifying names immediately. She said the process would lake about a wetk. White said the petitions con tained 2,350 signatures. Aboul 1,7000 valid signatures are needed to place the local option en the .ballot. Save 20% on these men's casual slacks, Sale 7.18 Reg. 8.98.Texturized Dacron* polyester knit slacks. Flare leg styling. Handsome solid colors. Waist sizes 29 to 42, Sale 8.78 Reg. $11. 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