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Thursday, May 29, 1975

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

Ci*ty gets budget in spite
ofConi dissatisfaction

(Continued from Page 1)
will ,be layed off," Murray in-
formed Council. "I am sorry."
Rothbart, who headed the
Community Planning and Man-
agement staff, the Building and
Safety Engineering Department,
has worked as Murray's assist-
ant since 1969.
ALTERNATE proposals jug-
gling the city's $18.6 million
general fund budget and $9.5
million in other special budgets
had earlier been prepared by
each political party. Each of
these alternate budgets was
moved by its respective origi-
nators, as substitutes for Mur-
ray's, but none garnered the
required seven votes necessary
for successful substitution.
Following these perfunctory
motions, Council commenced
negotiations aimed at produc-
ing agreement on several minor
budgetary items, and came up
with the $60,000 in amendments
to Murray's budget.
The Parks and Recreation
Department received the heal-
thiest benefits from Council's
modifications, realizing an ad-
ditional $6,800 for playground
programs, $6,500 for more nat-
ural ice rinks and $3,000 for
recreation fee subsidies to go
so low income family children.
DISTRICT Court also gained
an additional clerk-typist, Pro-
ject GROW was given $4,000,
the Building and Safety Depart-
ment emerged with another
housing inspector and the refuse
collection division received one
more equipment operator.
To balance these budget ad-
ditions, Council cut $11,500 from
the Human Rights Department.
$10,000 from police overtime,
$5,000 from conference and

training fees, $1,400 from data
processing, $1,500 from dues
and licenses and $3,000 from
equipment funds.
Jamie Kenworthy (D - Fourth
Ward) one of three Council
members who voted against the
final budget draft, explained his
decision saying, "I cannot vote
for this (budget) because it rep-
resents a total lack of sensitiv-
ity to the people out there (Ann
Arbor citizens)."
COUNCILWOMAN Carol Jones
(D-Second Ward), who engi-
neered negotiations f o r the
Democrats in Tuesday's session,
a c t e d affirmatively on the
budget, but prefaced her vote
with complaints, saying, "I am
very unhappy with this budget,
and in many ways I am un-
happy with the revisions made
tonight."
Murray also spoke to the re-
vised budget, highlighting the
tender issue of layoffs. "I know
what it is to be poor," com-

mented Murray, "and I know
what it is to be without a job. I
didn't like laying people off."
Although the budget for the
coming fiscal year is now set,
Council's allocation of the $2.4
million in CDRS funds could
substantially change the finan-
cial outlook for social and hu-
man services within the city.
The channeling of this money as
suggested by a citizens commit-
tee late last year is now being
reviewed by the Department of
Housing and Urban Develop-
ment (HUD).
With an eye to the future,
Wheeler promised Council that
he would work hand-in-hand
with Murray next year in pre-
paring the next city budget. He
furthermore called for reinstitu-
ting quarterly reviews of the
new budget, coupled with a re-
view of administrative positions
within city hall to determine
which positions were no longer
necessary.

Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
FOURTH WARD Democratic Councilman Jamie Kenworthy
relaxes for a moment during City Council's lengthy session on
Tuesday night in which the budget of City Administrator
Sylvester Murray finally went into effect.
President reaffirms strong
tieswith NATO countries

Concert site named
The closed Municipal Golf of the golf course to the Fuller
Course on Fuller Road was ap- Pool posed potential parking
proved by City Council Tuesday problems. Acknowledging this,
night as the site of the city's Council ruled that concertgoers
summer rock concert series set not be permitted to use the
to begin June 15. pool's parking facilities.
Although five other sites were However, according to Owers,
also investigated as possible lo- the golf course is grassed, and
cations for the concerts, the has sufficient area to accom-
Fuller site was determined as modate the expected crowds.
the most desirable, while not The course is also within walk-
ideal. ing distance from Campus, and
ACCORDING to Parks S .2 p t. electricity and water is pr)id-
George Owers, the proximity ed on-site.

(Continued from Page 1)
being."
SIX DAYS of hectic diplom-
acy await Ford in Europe. In
Brussels, then later in Madrid,
Salzburg and finally in Rome he
has arranged meetings with the
heads of 17 allied and friendly
governments.
Issues he will discuss include
the American role in the world,
East-West relations, the secur-
ity of the Atlantic sealanes,
possibilities of a resumed Amer-
ican-led quest for an Arab-Is-
raeli peace and the state of the
North Atlantic Treaty Organiz-
ation.
The state of NATO will be
dominant during the two-day
s'ummit conference of the 15 al-
lied leaders who yesterday were
beginning to assemble and
meet with each other here.
INSTABILITY stalks along
NATO's southern flank from
Ankara to the Azores. This
flows from the Greek-Turkish
feud over Cyprus and from the
left-wing takeover in Portugal.
Against this background Ford
has been pressing - with little
success thus far - his reluctant
NATO allies to formally recog-
nize the contrihution Spain is
making to Western security
through its military cooperation
with the United States.
Most European members of
NATO are still opposed to the
idea of associating themselves
with the authoritarian regime
of Generalissimo Francisco

Franco, which won power in
1939 with the help of Hitler and
Mussolini.
THERE ARE problems in
NATO's central sector too.
There the arms and armies of
the Communist countries are
catching up with the allies in
terms of quality and combat
capacity. Soviet strength is also
mounting in the northern sec-
tor, especially in the arctic and
in the seas around Norway.
Political uncertainties and
economic stresses have been
alarming NATO as well. Euro-
peans have been questioning the
validity of American presiden-
tial pledges in the aftermath
of the fall of America's allies in
Indochina and at a time when
Congress seems bent on pre-
serving its regained rights and
powers to check and balance
executive actions.
And leaders like West Ger-
man Chancellor H e 1 m u t
Schmidt intend to press the
need for the allies to work to-
gether more closely in the eco-
nomic, trading and monetary
fields.
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