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GI's feel stranded
Charlie 2, South Vietnam (DNST) - 2, a fire support base just four miles
"We were gonna have a walkout, man. south of the DMZ, they are referred to
We were gonna get the guys from Carol as support troops by the briefers in
and Charlie 1 (two other fire support Saigon.
bass along the DMZ) and walk out of At the firebase itself, the technical
Charlie 2 back to Quang Tri. The GI, distinction didn't impress the GI's.
like most of the U.S. soldiers stranded There was talk of a walkout, and al-
at Firebase Charlie 2, has been seeth- though it didn't materialize their anger
ing with anger since the last armored still remains. "I mean, we're not sup-
personnel carriers from the F i r s t Bri- posed to be here, so why be here - if
gade, Fifth Mechanized Division rumb- you might have to die?" said one GI.
led away from the northrnmost f i r e- "My people have written to me that
bases along the DMZ three weeks ago. there's no GI past Quang Tri," said a
boy called Hollywood, a teenage veteran
The American command in Saigon ofteCm dinnvsnof17."
announced at that time that all U.S. of the Cambodian invasion of 1970. 'I
combatunits had been withdrawn to write back and say I'm at Charlie 2- My
mother writes back that there's no GI's
Quang Tri. Since the 112 soldiers at there so you can't be there. Where am
Alpha Battery, 8/4 Artillery Battalion, I gonna be at?"
man the big eight inch guns at Charlie See GI's, Page 6

Vietnam base

GI'S AT CHARLIE 2: I feel like I've been left out here to die-and I don't
want to die. I want to go home.

AVol. LXXXI, No. 64-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, August 10, 1971 - Ten Cents Eight Pages
Report says city may
nee own income tax

By ALAN LENHOFF
In the wake of the recent 50
per cent state personal income
tax hike, a report issued by city
officials has indicated that the
city may be forced to adopt its
own income tax in order to main-
tain its current level of services
over the next five years.
The report, sent to City Coun-
cil last Thursday, predicts that
the cost of maintaining the pres-
ent level of city services will al-
most double by fiscal 1976-77.
Basing its findings on present
revenue sources, the report pre-
dicts that by 1976-77, the city
would be nearly $7.5 million dol-
lars short of maintaining 1970-71
service levels. To provide "de-
sirable" levels of service, the
city would fall $9.7 million short.

The study cites four main fac-
tors as contributing to that great
cost increase:
-Population increases in the
city;
-Increasing wages for city
employes;
-Inflation; and
-Pension and Social Security
adjustments.
The suggested income tax
would be levied at a rate of one
per cent for residents of Ann Ar-
bor and one-half per cent for
non-residents who are employed
in the city.
However, if the State Legisla-
ture amends the State constitu-
tion, higher city income tax
rates could be imposed, or a
graduated city tax conceivably
might be adopted.

If the income tax is instituted,
Ann Arbor's city charter would
require an accompanying 7.5
mill property tax reduction. This
charter amendment was adopted
in 1969-at the same time voters
turned down an income tax pro-
posal.
Currently, Ann Arbor is levy-
ing 14.8 mills in property taxes
-or $14.80 per $1,000 of assessed
property valuation.
According to the report, if the
city were to institute the income
tax, with the corresponding cut
in property taxes, by 1976-77 "the
net increase in revenue would be
about $3,080,000" - still about
$4.4 million less than the cost
See LOCAL, Page 2

Fleming denies 'U' balked on
funding city police, fire services

By ALAN LENHOFF"
President Robben Fleming has
denied a charge originally made
in The Daily that the Univer-
sity agreed with the Legisla-
ture that there was no need to
continue police and fire protec-
tion payments to the city,
In a letter to Mayor Robert
Harris, Fleming said: "I be -
lieve this rumor may be based
on a misunderstanding of a
conversation which I had w i t h
Senator Charles Zollar (R-

Benton Harbor) on Friday July
23 ..."
"We (the University) were
hoping that the Senate would
increase the Governor's recom-
mendations by a minimum of
1.7 to 2 million dollars, includ-
ing $641,000 for police and fire
payments to the city ...
"Senator Zollar told me after
a lengthy discussion the prev-
ious day the committee hadrde-
cided to eliminate police a n d
fire money on the ground that
they could not provide it to us

MAYOR PRO TEM James Stephenson (R-4th ward) conducts last
night's City Council meeting at the Democratic councilmen look on.
The Council last night picked members for a new tax study com-
mittee. (See story, Page 3.)

Andrews: Man of many musics

By ANITA CRONE
The University has long needed someone to co-
ordinate the hiring of rock and blues groups to
perform on campus.
And in their new' part-time employe, Peter An-
drews, they seem to have found the man.
Andrews, who was first hired last December,
has tentatively lined up such groups as James Tay-
lor, the Grateful Dead, Ike and Tina Turner, and
a group of blues musicians as part of a concert
series of approximately 18 shows scheduled for
campus this fall.
"My main function," explains Andrews, "is ad-
vising student groups on bookings, dealing with
Wagents, and publicity." Andrews feels that by
working as the University, rather than as a sepa-
rate student group within the University, organiz-
ations will be more successful in getting perform-
ers to play here.
Before Andrews was hired, bookings were made
by giving a list to the auditor for student organiz-

ations, Maurice Rinkel, who then made arrange-
ments for the individual student groups.
Andrews facilitates this method by working with
all the student groups at the same time. He says
he puts dealings with agents on an "easier level"
by using a total of all the money available to get
groups to come to the University.
He also hopes to work closely with Eastern
Michigan and Central Michigan Universities in
arranging concert dates. If a group is in the area
for more than one night, its expenses decrease,
thus decreasing expenses for each college in-
volved.
Thedconcerts scheduled so far by Andrews will
be held either in Hill Aud. if the groups will play
two shows, or in the larger Chrysler Events Arena.
Andrews hopes that ticket prices will not go over
$4.50.
This way, he explains, "groups get more expo-
sure, as more people can see the concerts."
He has also rented the building on Maynard
See ANDREWS, Page 6

without doing so for others
(other university towns) ...
"We discussed this problem
for a few minutes, during which
time he made it clear that
there was no point in discussing
this further because a decision
had already been made. I then
urged him to at least consider
phasing out the payment over a
period of years."
The letter was presented to
City Council last night.
Councilman Richard Hadler
(R-4th ward) questioned the con-
clusion of the letter which reads,
"I made it clear to Sen. Zollar
that if the bill did not add police
and fire money, we would be in
no position to make the payment
since we had other critical needs
for simply balancing our bud-
get."
Hadler suggested that his pas-
sage was ample evidence that
the University had "abandoned"
the city.
The charges that appeared in
The Daily were based on a
speech by Zollar on the Senate
floor July 29. and the statement
of a source in a top legislative
agency in Lansing.
Zollar was unavailable f o r
comment yesterday on Fleming's
letter.
Unless new funds are added
by the House to the University's
appropriation bill for fiscal
1971-72, the University sub-
side of city police and fire
departments- amounting to
about $1.2 million annually -
will be discontinued,

Peter Andrews

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