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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 5

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 15, 1974
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For Board Of Directors Meet The Candidates John Todd, a 34-year-old certified public iicuounlunl and assistant professor of management in Ihe Univcrsily of Arkansas College of Business Administration, has filed for Position 2 of the Fiiyettevillc Board of D i r e c t o r s . His opponents in the November gc-netal election are William (Pat) .Watkins, Mrs. Christine Bailey und Jim Lindsey. Todd, a native of Heber Springs, was an undergraduate at the University from 1957 lo 1061 and has taken advanced degrees in organizational management at the University of Texas and Harvard University. He returned to Fayetteville as a faculty member at the University here in 1971. Prior to that, he worked with a national accounting firm in Tulsa and Little Rock for five years. He has been editor for cities, according to Todd. the Southern Case Research Association and is coordinator Government Printing Bill To Be On Ballot Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS of the Small Business Institute at the University. In addition to memberships in professional organizations, he served on the Little Rock and slate Jaycees hoards of directors 1967-69. He and his wife, Gerry live at 23B1 Winwocd Drive. , THE CAMPAIGN He sees the campaign as a lime to bring up issues and ideas and have them examined by the citizens. "I have my own ideas but I think any elected representative should he aware of what people are thinking about city 'government and the ways they want it expanded and improved.'* He is opposed to a city income tax. "One more tax, piled on top of state and federal faxes, would be disastrous for many people. Such taxes have two large, practical drawbacks. They tend to be regressive for rnost low and middle income citizens', and are expensive to administer and collect." The city should actively seek out and use all federal and slate funds available to supple ment the local collection of the property tax, Todd 'said. Only as a last resort, and in a financial emergency, should an come tax be levied. "I don't forsee this happening but we do have to recognize there is potential loss of income which might result from the current court suit involving the city's property taxes," he said. Inflation is a problem which affects .both individuals and JOHN TODD "The board has a responsibil- ty to work within a balanced judget and all city must be evaluated with com* parison of costs and benefits," said. Aside from control of expenditures the board has Ihe esponsibility to prolect citizen nterest in areas where individual expenses are affected, for example, in sewer and water rates and the proposed rate ncrease for cable television." Todd favors the city manager :orm of city government and sees the directors taking leadership roles in lonrg range- planning and future development of the city. believe the board should se active in long-range planning and setting future directions for the city. This does not mean meddling in administrative matters for which the city manager is responsible but it does mean developing policies and giving direction to city government," he said. FAVORED PROGRAMS Todd thinks the following programs should be considered by the board within the restrictions establishment of a public transportation system. The candidate recognizes these" objectives 'cannot be accomplished overnight. Todd has reviewed the financial budgets for the city for the past two years and, as far as cutbacks are concerned, he is convinced that all the current programs are important to the quality of life for Faycttcvillc. "I cannot envision a cutback in the police, fire or sanitation departments," he said. We must be aware that we will not be able to increase general fund expenditures 25 per cent each year, as the 1974 budget did." FAVORS CUTBACK One cutback he would consider is the proposed delivery of sewer and water services outside the city limits. "With increased costs in materials and bond costs, I believe the board's decision on this issue should be critically re-examined. According to a recent report 25 to 50 per cent of the water and sewer service in the city is inadequate. I think ve should take care of service o Fayetteville citizens before ve start spending over $1 million outside the city limits," he said. "I think this is an important ime in Fayetteville. We need a board that can deal effeo- ively with the directions the city will take and the ways of jetting there. We need a board ,hat can keep a balanced perspective," he said. I believe I can play a significant role in the development of the city. In my professional EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a scries of articles about Ihe proposed constitutional amendments that Arkansas voters will adopt or reject in the general eleclion Nov. 5. By BH,L SIMMONS LITTLE ROCK (API-- If Arkansas voters approved Amendment 54, the state probably will buy fewer kinds of printed items. This proposal is one of the 'our constitutional amendments submitted to voters on the general eleclion ballot Nov. 5. Amendment 54 would repeal Section 15 of Article 19 of the state Constitution. That section has been construed by the courts to require :hc legislature and other state government departments to buy certain supplies and services needed by the government. Among the items arc "all stationery, printing, paper, fuel Sen. h e r e b y permitting slate gencies to do their own prinl- J.A. "Dooley" Womack f Camden, who, with Sen. Uob- rt Harvey of Swifton, was a main supporter of what has bc- ome proposed Amendment 54, aid state agency printing was -~ ~* "" main aims of Ihe of a balanced improvemenls budget: a n d street traffic safety; improvement of water and sewer facilities within the city; establishment of another fire station to maintain fire insurance ratings; an integrated solid waste disposal system and discontinuation of the current land .fill operation because its negative environmental impact; development of additional recreational opportunities; and consideration o! binding, laws, journals, ports distributing department of experience, opportunity I have had to observe application of . management skills to municipal problems; I believe that such a professional approach is needed in city government today. I think it is important that the board, the only elected officials in the city, should be capable, concerned, responsive and have a high sense of public responsibility. I have attempted to acquaint myself with the situation for the past several months. I have sought out people to better understand their goals and problems which the city shoujd respond to. I have attended most board meetings. I believe I have the ability, the concern and common sense to represent the people of Fayelteville," Todd concluded. The courts arrived at their decisions because Section 15, Article 19 says such items must be obtained under contract if they are for "the usa" of the government. Some stale agency heads have come to the conclusion that their agencies could produce needed Items of printing at costs less than being pak under contract. LANGUAGE But the language of Section 15, Article 19, as construed by the courts, prohibits state agencies from obtaining print ing except under contract. Commercial printing outlet. 1 have resisted moves by stati agencies to handle their own printing. Article 19 as presently worded is on the side of the businesses. That wording would be re placed by Amendment 54 wit language that still would quire contracts, based on lowest responsible bid, for printing "purchased" by state. But it would delete the refer ence to materials obtained fo the use" o f , s t a t e government,ilegislative facilities. That au- ne of the ronosal. The hope, he said, Is that the tale can fill some of its own irinling needs without having o pay higher prices charged by ommercial operations. "There has been so much controversy, lawsuits and ev- rything about this and other aspects of state printing and much of it is due to the word- ng of that section of the Constitution," Womack said. "If we pass this measure, hen the legislature can set out iome standards in statutory aw to help straighten out the confusion and deal wilh the jroblcm more flexibly," he lid. Section 15 of the article in the e x i s t i n g Constitution also makes such contracts subject to the approval ot each of three state officials--the auditor, the reasurer, and the governor. The same section gives them authority also over contracts 'or .furnishing and repairing Ihorily would ^)e deleted allege Ihcr. Womack said no legislative runaway would result, however, since the General Assembly, by Act 572 of 1373, already has placed its construction contracts under Ihe prior review of Ihe attorney general of the state. If he disapproves of the contract, the contract cannot be made, Womack said. · 5 Philip Greeted GANDER, Nfld. (AP) -- A 21-gun salute and in honor guard greeted Prince Philip as he began u visit to this Canadian province. He later laid a wreath Monday at Gander's war memorial, unveiled a plaque at im arts and recreation center and met with various officials. Monday night he attended a banquet marking the end of eel- ebrations for the 25lh anniversary of the province's entry into confederation. He continues his tour today. EXPERT WATCH REPAIR · » ' ' · ' · / w ~ . SWIFTS Killed In Wreck CABOT, Ark. (AP) -- Matilda Donna Holden, 19, of near Cabot was killed Monday when the car she was driving crashed into another car head- on on Arkansas 38, State Police said. Four other persons -- Lester C. Spence, 45, of near Ward, Margaret Colbert, 23, of Ward, Lisa McDonald, 5, and Roy Colbert, 5, both of Austin -- were injured. Officer William Maisano of the Cabot Police Department said the accident occurred when the car driven by the Holden woman crossed the center line and struck a car driven by Spence. Christmas Portrait Special! 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In 1945, former French Premier Laval was executed for betraying his country to Nazi Germany during World War H. In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goerring committed suicide by taking poison one day before he was to have been executed. Ten years ago: Composer Cole Porter died in Santa Monica, California at the age of 72. Five years ago: President Abdirashid Ali Shermarke of Somalia was assassinated by a member of the police force One year ago: Fierce tank battles between Israeli a n d Egyptian forces w e r e taking place in the Sinai desert, and the Israelis said they were pushing toward the Syrian capital of Damascus. Today's birthdays: Economist and writer John Galbraith is 66 years old. Broadway director Jose Quintero is 50. Thought for today: Words will build no walls -- Plutarch, Greek biographer, about 46 to 120 A:D. Fatally Injured HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Gary Garrett, 26, of near Hot Springs was killed Monday in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 70 one mile east of the Garland County line, State Police said. Troopers C. R. Atkinson and Jim Elrod said the accident occurred when Garrelt lost control of the pickup truck he was driving while passing another vehicle. The troopers said Garrett's truck then struck a bridge abutment and overturned. Julie Speaks PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Julie Nixon Eisenhower s a y s he Watergate break-in was a minor incident compared to the cover-up, which left the public "more cynical a n d skeptical about politicians and politics." Mrs. Eisenhower, the daughter of former President Richard M. Nixon, is cohosting the Mike Douglas Show being aired this week. 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