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The Michigan Daily
Vol LXXXV, No. 15-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, May 28, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Council nears decision
on city's 1975 budget

City Council continued deliberations on
budget proposals for the 1975-76 fiscal
year well into the early hours of this
morning, but it seemed increasingly ap-
parent that City Administrator's Sylves-
ter Murray's basic plan would go into
effect July 1.
City budget proposals different from
those developed by the administrator
require the approval of seven of Coun-
cil's 12 members. Under the present
three-party split, however-six Demo-
crat, five Repblican, and one Human
Rights Party council member-no one
political group has sufficient strength
to defeat Murray's budget.
MAYOR Albert Wheeler firmly stated
last night that "The budget before us,
as revised by the city administrator; is
not the Democratic budget. If we had
the votes, it would not be the budget at
Murray did agree to make several
major adjustments in his original pack-
age. He announced plans to lay off one
assistant city administrator, reduce hous-
ing expenditures by $21,000, and cut

back fire department overtime. He also
said he would accept any budget amend-
ments seven Council members could
agree on, even if Council did not accept
any one completely revised program.
At press time, Council seemed to be
headed toward approving an increase
in the funding for the city's parks and
recreation program of nearly $25,00 .
Nearly $11,000 of that would go to play-
In other areas, however, Council mem-
bers remained widely separated. Earlier
motions to accept each of three alter-
nate budgets proposed by the three par-
ties were soundly defeated.
COUNCIL also earlier formally accept-
ed the results of the April 7 election,
naming Wheeler mayor in a slim victory
under the city's new preferential voting
In addition, Council considered several
technical ordinance amendments and
new zoning and planning proposals.
Other items remained on the agenda, to
be discussed at the conclusion of the
budget deliberations.

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE a blaze which broke out at an apartment house at
825 Tappan last night. A large crowd of spectators gathered to watch the flames,
which began about 9:00 p.m. and were not extinguished until past midnight.
Witnesses claim that the fire first smoldered for a full hour before firemen
doused it with water.

- Ford orders hike
' in oil import tariff

s By AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - President Ford last
sight ordered a second $1-a-barrel tariff
on imported oil in a move aimed at im-
proving the nation's balance of trade.
I will not stand here idly while the
United States of America runs out of
gas," Ford told a national radio and tele-
vision audience.
BUT THE HIGHER import duty and
additional mbasures proposed by Ford to
conserve energy is expected to contribute
to the nation's inflation rate by raising
- the prices of gasoline, fuel oil, and other
petroleum products.
-- Each $1 increase in the duty adds
about 1/2 cents to the pump price of a
SPECTATORS are framed in an unusual sculpture as they attend the gallon of gasoline.
Washington Square Outdoor Art Showing in New York. The show, billed Declaring that Congress had "done
as the largest outdoor exhibit in the world, will continue through June 8. ,inothing" on energy legislation, Ford said
-:-' ::;<:::::" -:>"- , :::.:.:::..::.:,: that the new $1-a-barrel tax would be

effective Sunday. "The Congress cannot
drift, dawdle, and debate forever with
America's future," the President as-
FORD ORIGINALLY imposed a first
$1 tax on imported crude oil Feb. 1, but
delayed action on the second dollar to
give Congress time to come up with an
energy conservation program. The
House, however, has postponed action
on a bill designed as a substitute for
Ford's energy proposals until after it re-
turns from the Memorial Day recess.
Ford also said he would ask Congress
to remove the ceiling on the price of
about half of the U. S. oil production that
is fixed at $5.25 per barrel. This would
add an additional 5 cents to the price
of a gallon of gasoline within two years.
The White House said the higher duty
See FORD, Page 9

With wire service reports
Tanzania has rejected the rans(
mands of M a r x i s t guerrillas a
exchange for the release of three
kidnapped ten days ago from a
research center there-while the
hostage, an Ann Arbor woman, wa
unharmed Sunday bearing the dem
her captors.
Barbara Smuts, 24, of 4011 Tht
Dr. appeared early Sunday morning
Tanzanian town of Kigoma near t
of the original raid, carrying lett
manding the release of two Zairian
cal prisoners held in Tanzania, gui
munition and $500,009 in cash.
BUT ALTHOUGH the TanzanianI
ment has flatly rejected all the de
American officials met yesterday

woman released by rebels
cuss alternate ways of recovering the three The kidnappers, according to message
remaining hostages-two Americans and relayed by Smuts to her father, are soldiers
om de- one Dutch woman-now hidden in the jun- of the Popular Army of the People's Re- T,,
nade in gles of Zaire. publican Party of Zaire. "Our captors em- They told us that the
persons Smuts has said that she also intends to phasized that they are not bandits or pirates
wildlife remain in Tanzania to work for the release who are out for political or personal gain, capture W a S n o t di-
fourth of the three students. The kidnappers have but that they represent an organized mili-
s freed set a 60 day deadline on their demands. tary and political front," the message rected a g a i n s t the
ands of Expressing joy at his daughter's release, stated.
Smuts' father said yesterday, "t'm de- SMUTS ALSO said that she was treated D u t c h or American
ornoaks lighted that she's back but worried about very well, and given adequate food, cloth-
in the the friends who aren't." ing and shelter. people. . . O..ur cap-
he site "IT WAS just a week of desperation,." he "They told us that the capture was not
ers de- added. "We had no word that progress was directed against the Dutch or American tors emphasized that
politi- being made until we heard that Barbara people," she explained, "but was intended
ns, am- was safe." to further their own cause which was the they are not bandits or
Mr. Smuts also stated that Barbara's liberation of all the people of the Congo
mother had recently arrived in Tanzania from the government of President Mobutu." pirates."
govern- and sent word that she was "confident that A third-year behavioral studies student at
mands, everything was being done to release the Stanford, Smuts had been researching wild
to dis- other three." See TANZANIA, Page 6


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