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Saturday, May 11, 1974

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Threee

Safurdca~, May II, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three

City Council confronts

'75

budget:

Battle to balance

By GORDON ATCIESON
naily News Analysis
City Council will be presented with Ann
Arbor's 1975 nunicipal budget Monday,
and the way the figures add up, the local
financial pinch will become even more
paihful next year.
The $18.6 millio budget, which will go
into effect July 1, contains virt-ually no
funds for creating new programs or ex-
pandi g present city services.
Also, tititess vitters tipprivIe att ueter-
gency lax hike that appeatrs u(1 the June
10 schl-at board el .-ttioit ballot, budgetary
cutlicks svill be uecessiry restlting
it a rCduced quality 'ind scope of om
nicipal seric c iuctuding fire and [m-
lice pIroteeti n, refuse collection, atid
hmtait resotirce priogran.
PIRIlIARY CAUtF at the budgel's nit
terity is a 1-00,000II appropriation to i
dace the city's auiprecedenited ciiinccitt de-
ficit of more hain t uiillion. The slate
goi ernmitent, alaco-et auivit hic ticil fis
cil siitiou, I i i vi"t nter ordered the
Cii to liminate that debt iitbut three
Iarig the rscnt fiscal xir -the
first in the d'lii reu i ctiot l n prog:m -
tower Ii ' citmlye h5 1 tad lt be lid tiff
l t blute etle budyvt antI si I inetutde
funiis finr t ipayment of deits.
Although nearly till dleptritomnts re-
ceive larger chunks of the upcoing
budget, the additional money comes its
the form of "paper" hikes which cover
the cost of inflation and salary jumps
required by contract.
THE LARGFST single increase goes to
the.Police lepartment. That agency re-
ceived a 24 per cent hike raising its total
appropriation to approximately $4.4 mit
lion.
However, a department request for 25
additional officers was denied by the
administration when it compiled the
budget.
A number of other departments includ-
ing Fire, Housing, inspection, IHtuman
Rights, and Parks also requested addi-
tional serstoninel bitt caime itip empty-
htanded tin that sctice whtei the bitiget
was pit together,
ALONG WITH the Police Dheparltment,
the other aigencies which will receive
budget inicretises topping 211 per cent of
their current funding levels are the Per-
sonnel, District Court, and Refuse Coller-
tion divisions.
The area perhaps hardest hit in the
new budget is Human Resources, which
encompasses drug treatment programs,
child and health care, and other related
services.
Previously these operations received a
large financial boost from federal Reve-
nue Sharing dollars. In the upcoming
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Gentlemen, be seated
This man may not sit down again for weeks. It's John Lee Hoskins, a Cheyenne, Wyo., cowboy, shown disembarking after
his horse fell during a "Western Style Polo" match in Denver. The game is played with inflated rubber balls and sturdy
quarter horses-allotted one per player instead of the half-dozen ponies used in traditional polo.
Teen seeks school board
rost, challenges state law
By JEFF SORENSEN 11 High School make him a qualified "If he could qualify legally to run,
Sixteen-year-old Larry Mann filed a candidate. there'd be no problem," comments
ominating petition yesterday for candi- HRP spokeswoman Diana Autin con- Duane Renken, president of the school
acy on the Ann Arbor school board de- tends that the s c h o o1 board "keeps board.
pite a state law which requires candi- young people off the group that rules Renken claims that although the stu-
[ates to be registered voters. their lives." She says she hopes the dents have no actual vote, "They are
Mann, backed by the Human Rights board will challenge the state law. represented already at all the board
'arty (HRP), is protesting the regula- CAPPAERT SAYS that "schools are meetings by the student advocates, they
ion which requires board members to governed by the law of the state; I be- sit at the same table as the Teachers
e at least 18. Nevertheless, school board lieve the state legislature would have Association and the Parent - Teacher
ecretary Leroy Cappaert is expected 10 to omake a change in the rules." (PTO) Council."

rule against Mann's candidacy on Mon-
day.
"IT'S FUNDAMENTALLY undemo-
aratic not to allow students to run for
the school board," says Mann.
Mann states that if he is rejected as
an official candidate, he will still attempt
a write-in campaign and promises to
"bring the issues out in the open to as
many as I can."
"Being on the ballot doesn't mean I'm
elected, it only means that I can be
considered by the voters," says Mann.
MANN SAYS he's "not just going to
talk about the age issue . . . I think I
know what's going on at the schools
much better than the other members
because I'm a stuflent." a
Mann also says that his experience in
students' rights organizations at Pioneer
Nixon faces
legal trouble
See Story, Page 8

The realitiesofrenovation:
a cold dulsyclm torV read:
By JEFF DAY slow-motion fans, wooden desks, and really awful in. here," library employe
The guards at the door wear dust papery emptiness. Laurie Lanzen-Harris said, referring to
masks. The main entrance has been Upstairs in the reference room the the fact that workers had to disconnect
snow-fenced shut. Upstairs, on a side two murals-of war and peace-look all the heat in the building as part of
hall, sits a broken toilet in a pile of rub- silently across at each other over a bar- their work. "Today we've got space
ble that was once an office. Lest there be racks-size room of long wooden tables heaters, so it's not quite so bad."
any doubt as to whet it once was, a upon which chairs have been set upside BUT OUTSIDE the woden doors of her
cleaning brush sits in the pockmarked, down. office, it's fifteen degrees cooler, and
bowl. But despite the dislocation caused by the halls are still carpeted with dust
One imagines a tourguide wandering the library's $4 million renovation pro- that filled the building when the heat-
through the crumbling, dust-filled halls, ject, business goes on as usual. The, cir- ing vents came down.
narrating for a ragged crowd of sweat- culation desk has been moved to what A Burns security guard plays with her
ing freshmen: "This," says the guide was the periodical room; the reference library-issued dust mask and comments,
with a grotesque smile, "is our gradu- desk is in the newspaper room, and des- "it's been colder than a bitch. People
ate library." pite the fact that a ladder descends oti- have been catching colds, walking off the
But it's true, and all in the name of nously through a hole in the ceiling,.the job-itgot so bad, the library had to or-
progress. card catalogue is where it always was. der space heaters. I think some of the
WHAT WAS once the circulation desk Not that the renovation has been with- construction workers even brought in
is now a brittle collection of 1930-era out its problems. "Yesterday it was their own from home."

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