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What Is 10- Year Tax Okay CSEA Pact Bite On SLC Residents NEW YORK — How much richer would St. Lawrence County residents be today if they had not had to pay taxes during the past 10 years? How big a chunk was extracted from their pay envelopes in that period for Federal income and social security taxes? For those people who have often thought about their tax load and won- dered how much of their income is shuttled off each year without their ever seeing it, the Tax Foundation has done some figuring and come up with some answers, based upon family averages. Currently, it finds, the first 13 hours of WOrktime in any week go to pay Federal, state and local tax bills. In other words, a local worker has to put in all day Monday and part of Tuesday to earn enough for his taxes. A major part of it represents the amount Uncle Sam withholds from paychecks for his two biggest taxes- income and social security. This com- bination more than doubled in the last 10 years, due partly to higher earnings. In St. Lawrence County, as in most parts of the country, gross income rose sharply in that period. All told, the average family in the local area earned a grand total, prior to taxes, of about '$92,800 in the past 10 years, the statistics show. A considerable part . of it, ap- proximately $12,100, was skimmed off, before they ever got hold of it, to cover Federal income and social security tax deductions. Nationally, by way of comparison, incomes averaged $74,870 and taxes, $10,070. This is only \part of the tax burden, however. It is the visible part. There are, in addition, the so-called \hidden\ taxes, such as the Federal excise taxes on automobiles, gasoline, liquor, telephones, tobacco, transportation and the like. The Tax Foundation estimates that if these and the other levies passed on to consumers were included, it would be .found that the government collects .another $74 in taxes for every $100 it receives via income and social security taxes. Applied to St. Lawrence County, the figures indicate that the local population paid an estimated $8,950 per family in hidden taxes in the 10 years. Tickets On Sale For Youth For Christ Dinner Tickets for the Sixth Annual Review and Preview Banquet of the Seaway Youth for Christ Inc., being held this coming Tuesday night at the Elks Club, Ogdensburg, are available to the public at Cameron Cleaners or the Youth for Christ office, upstairs over the cleaners. Price is $3 per person. Reservations are due by tomorrow night. The purpose of the banquet, Wes Wales, executive director, said, is to acquaint adults throughout the St. Lawrence Seaway Area of just what the program of Youth for Christ Campus Life is all about. Special guests for the evening will be Earl W. Schultz Jr., eastern area vice president of Youth for Christ In- ternational, and Bruce and Sallie Horner, accomplished musicians from Syracuse. Mr. Horner is working towards a Doctorate degree in music at Syracuse University-. SLC Probation Officer To Address Lions Club William P. Collins, director of probation, St. Lawrence County, will speak at the Thursday evening meeting of the Ogde'nsburg Lions Club, at Sholette's restaurant. Collins is also a director of St. Lawrence County Council of Social Agencies, and a director and program committee member of the National Association for Mental Health. Appointed by Governor Rockefeller, Collins is presently serving as a member of the New York State Health Planning Advisory Council. Prior to coming to St. Lawrence County, Collins who is a New York State licensed Certified Social Worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, was probation officer, Madison County Courts; probation supervisor, Madison County Courts; assistant director, Community Service, Berkshire Farm for Boys. He had also been employed as a consultant for marriage counseling, Catholic Charities, Utica, and executive secretary, Madison County Society for Mental Health. Collins has also held other various state appointments to committees, and participated in workshops and seminars, and has held offices in organizations concerned with Social Work and mental health. Mr. and Mrs. Collins have four young children. Lengthy Debate: CANTON—The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Monday approving Lhe payment of salary increments to county employes represented by the Civil Service Employes Association. The Board also approved a flat in- crease of $300 for each employe January 1, 1972. The increases would be subject, however, to President Nixon's wage- price freeze. The text of the resolution follows. Resolution Approving Settlement with C. S. E. A. for Year 1972, by Mr. Livingston, Chairman, Finance Committee. WHEREAS, the contract with'C. S. E. A. for the years 1971 and 1972 called for a wage and salary reopener for the year 1972 and WHEREAS, representatives of C. S. E. A. and the Board of Supervisors have agreed to salary terms for 1972 when, and if, the ^wage price freeze is ter- minated, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that all County employees represented by the C. S. E. A shall receive any earned increment under the terms of the present contract and in addition shall receive a flat increase of $300.00 on January 1, 1972 and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that money for the increase in salaries shall be computed and made a part of the Contingent Fund in the 1972 Budget, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Flat Rate salaries shall be considered by the Board of Supervisors as soon as allowed by Federal wage price controls. - ' Our Readers Write DUFFY SAYS RESOLUTION ACCOMPLISHED GOAL Editor Ogdensburg Journal Dear Sir: The resolution which I placed on the floor at Tuesday's meeting of the St. Lawrence County Board of Supervisors was soundly defeated. Yet in defeat it • accomplished its purpose even before it was voted upon. The purpose of the resolution was to bring to light the planning and financing details of the rehabilitation of the old Canton Grammar School for the County Welfare Dept. offices. . Although few planning details were available we were told that financing would be accomplished by means of a bond issue, bond anticipation notes or increased real estate taxes. There was, however, no explanation of why the Buildings and Grounds Com- mittee failed to inform the Board or the Public that bids would be received for construction work on Nov. 1, 1971. I now suggest that the voters of St. Lawrence County finally have a real choice and that they can determine how their Supervisors voted on this-issue which involves the renovation of a condemned building at a cost to them of $2,000,000 or more. The taxpayers will then be able to make their Supervisors aware of their feelings on election day Nov. 2, 1971. James T. Duffy THE JOURNAL SECTION TWO WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13,1971 PAGE 11 Republicans Charge Politics In Resolution By Duffy Canton-The St. Lawrence County Board of Supervisors, after one of the livliest debates of the year, rejected Monday a resolution by Ogdensburg Second Ward Supervisor James T. Duffy that would have required the chairmen of the Board's Finance and Building and Grounds committees to detail and justify proposed expenditures for the renovation of the former Canton Grammar School. The resolution was defeated over- whelmingly, favored only by Duffy, Ogdensburg Supervisors Allen Rishe and Daniel Cunningham, and Supervisor Ralph Greco, Town of Fine, but many supervisors spoke during the debate. Politics Charged The Board's action came after many Republicans, who dominate the board, charged that the resolution was politically motivated. Duffy is a Democrat. Oswegatchie supervisor Donald Livingston, chairman of the Board's Finance Committee, chiding Duffy, said, \This is nothing but political.\ The Board purchased the former school building last year from the Canton Board of Education for $200,000, with the intention of renovating it to provide office space for the Social Services Department and other county agencies. Duffy, who has opposed the project since its inception, contends that the project cost, estimated at a total of $1 million in 1970, could go as high as $1.8 million. Duffy, in the resolution, charged that lhe Buildings and Grounds Committee had publicly advertised for bids for the reconstruction without informing the board, arid that, in light of the possibility of county budget deficit, the chairmen of . the committees \be held accountable for an explanation in detail of how such an expenditure can be justified...\ Edwards Supervisor James Kirk- bride, a Republican, began the debate, charging that Duffy was seeking \political aggrandizement,\ but also had sharp words for the Republican- dominated Fiance and Building and Grounds committees. Kirkbride said that the project was \moving entirely loo slowly. It's taking too much time to draw plans, too much time to get bids.\ But, he continued, \This whole thing is mired in mud, political mud.\ Duffy Replies Duffy, responding to Kirkbride's charge, said, \If it's political aggran- dizement to work in the interests of the people, then I'm guilty of it.\ Duffy continuing, said that he had requested reports on the project at the last Board meeting held Sept. 13, and had not been given them, and charged that two days later bids were sought for the project. \Why was the Board not told this?\ he asked. \We are entitled to know. I have never received a report from either committee. Massena Supervisor Bennett Abrams, chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, said that the Board had authorized the calling of the bids in a resolution on June 29. Livingston Chides Press ' 'We have been slammed right and left by the news media, and the three supervisors from Ogdensburg,\ said Livingston. The majority of the board had agreed on the project last year, he continued, and sais that on the first vote on the project Duffy had abstained. He also said that the Democrats had split on the votes, some favoring the project. He claimed that the project had also been supported by county Democratic leader Walter Basmajian of Massena. . \This business about $1 million being thrown around is a line of bunk,\ Livingston continued. \If this is not political, I don't know what is. It's just one political party against another.\ Duffy replied that the reason he had abstained on the first vote was that he was employed at the time by a firm which \was being considered for some work on the project, and a vote at that lime would have been a \conflict of interest.\ He also pointed out that the St. Lawrence Plaindealer (besides the Ogdensburg Advance) had criticized the project and that the Canton newspaper was not a Democratic paper. . Potsdam Supervisor Francis Healy, a Democratic who favors the project said, \I resent this being called a political football. Mrr Duffy has objected to this project from the beginning, arid many members of the majority party have also criticized it.\ Healy said that at the time the project was proposed that the county had a $1 million surplus which had been con- sidered being used for the renovations, but that now the county faced a deficit. \It will obviously cost near $2 million,. and there will have to be a bond issue to finance it.\ He asked whether ,the Finance Committee had any plans for funding. Livingston replied that the financing might be done over a five-year period at a small interest rate. Neither Side Entirely Right Madrid Supervisor Lloyd Finnegan said that he could not believe \that either side was entirely right\ He said he voted for the project befoce and still favored it. But, he said, \some Republicans are not entirely favorable so why don't theypublicly say so. I want Ihem to publicly state their positions.\ Third Ward Supervisor Rishe said, \I hate to see politics brought in here. I was the first one to spe^k against this project, and it was long before election ' day..It wasn't politics back then and it's not politics now. Rishe said that Walter Basmajian had supported the project in the beginning, when the cost was put at $1 million, but said that the Board shouldn't use that as an excuse now when the project costs .have gone far beyond that. Impact On Taxes Now, continued Rishe, \the architect has gone before a private session of the Board and indicated the cost might exceed $2 million. There should be some study of the impact of this renovation on county taxes. We can't go ahead without studying the impact, since the budget surplus is depleted and state aid will probably be cut back. \One of the architect's first comments before the Board was that, 'It is much worse than I anticipated. We have a water problem in the basement.' \The public is entitled to hear how each supervisor stands on the issue. Not just backing the majority party, but how they really stand. We hear many say privately that it's a terrible move, then, vote in favor of it.\ Russell Supervisor Paul Hutchinson, in asking that the resolution be voted, said \I've been here for 13 and one-half years, and if this isn't political, I've never seen anything that was.\ The resolution was defeated on a roll call vote. Franklin R. Little Among Six To Be Honored By SLU CANTON—St. Lawrence University will present citations to six distinguished persons during its annual Homecoming Weekend activities which, begin Friday. The presentations will be made at the Homecoming recognition program in Gunnison Memorial Chapel at 11:55 a.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend. North Country residents who will be honored by the University at the ceremony are Franklin R. Little of Ogdensburg, Darrel D. Rippeteau of Walertown, and Holman J. Swinney of Blue Mountain Lake. St. Lawrence alumni who will be honored include Clark L. Frost of Glenview, 111., Gilbert C. Maurer of Westport, Conn., and Mrs. Janet Nevins Young of Van Hornesville. The recognition program will also include the induction of St. Lawrence students into national senior honor societies and musical selections by the Laurentian Singers, student choral group. Little is president of the NorthernNew York Publishing Co., Inc., editor and publisher of the Ogdensburg Journal, and publisher of th'e Massena Observer, Potsdam Courier-Freeman, St. Lawrence Plaindealer and the Sunday Advance-News. A native of Colorado, he attended Colorado College and was Mrs. B. P. Robi inson Rites Slated The funeral for Mrs. Beatrice Premo Robinson, 64, of 158 Belmont Courts, widow of Charles H. Robinson, will be at 9 a.m. Friday at the Lalonde-Briggs Funeral Home and at 9:30 a.m. at Notre Dame Church. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are from 2 to 4p.m. and7 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday. Mrs. Robinson died at 6 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 12, 1971) at Hepburn Hospital, where she had been a patient since Monday afternoon. Surviving are a son, Thomas Robinson of Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Terry (Shari) Harris of Scottsville, N.Y.; two brothers, Carl and Jerry Premo, both of this city; a sister, Mrs. Eugene O. (Margaret) Peo, Riverside Drive, city;' and five grandchildren. • Two brothers, Walter and Edgar, predeceased her. Mrs. Robinson was born in Ogden- sburg, Jan 21,1907, a daughter of George and Josephine Berrio Premo. She was graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy. On Aug. 25, 1936, she was married to Charles H. Robinson at Notre Dame Church. He died 20 years ago. She was employed at the St. Lawrence State Hosptial for 23 years, retiring three years ago. Mrs. Robinson was a member of Notre Dame Church Parish and the City Guild of Hepburn Hospital. Mrs. Velma Arquitt, 61, Died Today CANTON—Mrs. Velma Coleman Arquitt, 61, wife of Raymond Arquitt of 62 Miner St.\ this village, died at about 6:45 today (Oct. 13, 1971) at Potsdam Hospital, where she had been a patient for 11 days. Funeral arrangements, incomplete at press time today, will be announced in Thursday's Journal. Friends may call at the Lawrence Funeral Home here, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Surviving besides her husbands are a son, Wayne Arquitt of Baldwinsville; a daughter, Mrs. George (Beverly) Hill, this village; a brother, Harold (Bert) Coleman, this village; four sisters, Mrs. Maude McEuen, Mrs. Everett (Clara) Crowe and Mrs. Pliny (Celia) Liscum, all of this village; and Mrs. Delia Webster of Morristown; nieces and nephews. Mrs. Arquitt was born at Morley, Aug. 13, 1910, a daughter of Albert anS Effie Stark Coleman. She attended Morley schools and was married to Raymond Coleman June 27, 1929 at the Grace Episcopal Church here, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. George A. Perry, then rector. Mrs. Arquitt was a telephone operator in the -Canton office for a number of years. SAVAGE ATTENDS MEETING George Savage, Regional Manager of the State Department of Commerce, is attending a three-day meeting of the Association of Industrial Development Agencies in Saratoga Springs. One of the subjects of discussion will . be the use of industrial development bonds as a means of financing new in- dustrial plants. graduated from Princeton University in 1922. He has been president and sole owner of the northern New York newspapers since 1958, except for the St. JLawrence Plaindealer which was purchased in 1969. A native of Nebraska, Rippeteau is a partner of SargenUWebster^Crenshaw & Folley, Arcnilects-Engineers-Planners, which has offices in Syracuse, Water- lown, Schenectady and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in architecture. A national director of the American In- stitute of Architects, he is also a past president of the New York State Association of Architects, a director of (he Empire Stale Chamber of Com- merce and of the National Bank of Northern New York. Swinney, director of the Adirondack Museum since 1965, will become director of the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum in Rochester on Jan. 1, 1972. A graduate of Colgate University, he has served as registrar and director of admissions at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, director of interpretation at Old Sturbridge Village, Mass., and director of. the Idaho Historical Society in Boise. He is a member of the councils of the American Association for State and Local History, the New York State Association of Museums and the American Association of Musuerhs. Frost, a 1917 PhiBeta Kappa graduate of St. Lawrence, is a retired vice president and midwest editor of the Investment Dealers' Digest. He has been very active in St. Lawrence alumni affairs and is a charter member of the President's Associates. A 1950 graduate Of St. Lawrence, Maurer received the M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School. He joined the staff of Cowles Com- munications, Inc. of New York City in 1952 as an advertising sales represen- tative for Look Magazine. He is currently vice president and director of corporate planning of FAS Inter- national, Inc. Mrs. Young was graduated from St. Lawrence in 1951. Active in alumni activities, she served as the first and only woman president of the St. Lawrence Alumni Association in 1966-68. Until her marriage earlier this month, she was assistant director of personnel and a divisional officer of Mutual of New York in New York City. Child Injured Seriously In Two-Car Collision Four persons were injured, one critically, in a two-car accident at 12:30 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of Route 37 and the Dump Road in the town of Waddington. A. Barton Hepburn Hospital told The Journal this morning that Brenda Kay Landon, 2, is in critical condition with serious skull injuries. The accident occured when a vehicle reportedly owned by Donald Kerr, Sr. and operated by Donald Kerr, Jr., 21, of Furnace St., Norfolk, was struck broadside by a vehicle operated by Gary C. Landofb, 23, of 818 North fownsend St., Syracuse. The vehicle which Landon was driving was reportedly owned by William Teller of Central Square. The vehicle which Kerr was driving was reportedly headed south on Dump Road and entered the intersection of Kiwanians Route 37- The vehicle driven by Landon was reportedly heading east on Route 37 when it collided with the Kerr auto. Also injured in the accident were Kerr, who sustained cuts to the head and chest and possible collar bone fracture, Landon, who received cuts and bruises to the head and arm and Roberta Landon, 22, a passenger in the vehicle which Landon was driving. She sustained numerous facial cuts, and possible chest injuires. Kerr, Landon and Roberta Landon are all listed in satisfactory condition at the A. Barton Hepburn Hospital where they were.admitted by Dr. David D. DePue. Criminal action is pending against Kerr for failure to yield the right of Way. The investigation is continuing. Trooper G.R. Morris of the New York State Police investigated the accident. Postmaster Carroll H. Belgaf d will be installed as president of the Ogdensburg Kiwanis Club at the 41st annual in- stallation program tonight at the Elks Club. Lt. Governor Robert B. Squires of Massena will be the installing officer. Other officers of the club that will take Office include: FranklinB. Sheldon, first vice president; George Bruyere, second R. O. Wallace Died Today At Age 79 HEUVELTON—Ralph O. Wallace, 79, of Hardserabble Road, Town of Lisbon, died at9:10 a.m. today (Oct. 13, 1971) at his home.' He had been critically ill for . the past two weeks, and ill for the past year. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Fox Funeral Home of Heuvelton, with the Rev. Albert A. Cameron, co- pastor of the St. Lawrence Valley Parish, officiating. Burial will be in Flackville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday afternoon and evening at their convenience. Surviving are his widow, Reria; one son, Darwin R. Wallace of the Hard- scrabble Road, Lisbon-- a daughter, Mrs. Douglas (Doris) Merkley of CayUga, N. Y.; a sister, Mrs. Hubert (Marion) Silver of 909 Pickering St., Ogdensburg- 12 grandchildren; and several cousins. Mr. Wallace was born in the Town of Lisbon, Aug. 9, 1892, son of Welby and Delia -Smithers Wallace. He attended Lisbon rural schools. On Jan. 9,1918, he married Reha Fuller of Flackville, at lhe home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gilson C. Fuller, Flackville, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. George W. Strong, pastor of the Flack- ville Methodist Church. Mr. Wallace was engaged in farming on the Wallace homestead farm until his retirement in 1958. He was director of the St. Lawrence County Farmers In- surance Company, 1956-1971, assessor for the Town of Lisbon, 1957-1968, and superintendent of the Flackville Cemetery Association for a number of years. Mr. Wallace was a member and past master of the Van Heuvel Lodge, No. 941, F. & A.M. vice president; Msgr. Robert J. Gif oux, secretary^ treasurer, Mark Gazih, arid William Brunet, Arthur Hastings, Howard Pelo and Gilbert Scott, direc- tors. Morley G. Pringle, the immediate past president, will preside at the program. Rabbi Dayid Kozak will give the invocation and Captain Edward A. Forster will give the benediction. Speakers will include Lt. Gov. Squires, past president Ronald E. Letham, immediate\ past president Morley Pringle and the incoming president, Carroll H. Belgard. Attendance awards will be made by the Rt. Rev. Msgr.' Giroux, the club secretary. The activities will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a dinner at 7:30. Byrnes Scores County Board Mayor John F. Byrnes said this morning that he was \very . discouraged\ by the Board of Super- visors vote Monday, killing a resolution by OgdenSDurg Supervisor James T. Duffy that would have required the chairmen of the Finance and Buildings and Grounds committees to give a report on the proposed renovations for the former Canton Grammar School. Byrnes said that the Board's action was \an injustice to the citizens of the city,\ and that \the public has a right to know\ about expenditures and building plans. The mayor said he had talked with two potential bidders for the project, and that both agreed that the planned renovation of the building was a \gold- plated job.\ The Board purchased the building last year, and plans to renovate it for use as a county office building. Westside PTA Meets Tomorrow The regular October meeting of the Westside PtA will be held Thursday night at 8 p .m. in the new Madill School cafetorium. Items on the agenda include plans for lhe March fund raising project and an explanation of the school breakfast arid lunch programs. President Jim Spooner will introduce all teachers. Refreshments will be served irriT mediately after the meeting.

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