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Tight race
(Continued from Page.
"Those who know me know that I
care about Ann Arbor," said Fisher,
E ho works in the Ann Arbor Bank and
rust operations department. "I don't
have any .long-range political goals. I
belong to this town."
Perkins, a native of Pennsylvania
and editor of a literary journal at
Eastern Michigan University; said she
is dissatisfied with the council's per-
formance on several issues.
"I DON'T think the current council is.
doing, a very good job in dealing with
the concerns of the neighborhood in
*elation to land-use planning and traffic
planning," she said, adding that the
energy shortage and taxation are the
"hard questions" with which the can-
didates must deal.
"I think tixation, is hurting
everybody. Inflation in Ann Arbor has
raised the price of housing a great
deal," Perkins said. -
"But a millage reduction," she con-
tinued, "which is what the Republicans
are talking about, is not going to give
nybody a materialreduction in their,
(Continued from Page 1)
Trpnsportation Authority and the
Washtenaw County Jury Board in
addition tok all "the relationships she
built from involvement in the school
functions of her four children. She
currently teaches civics at Slauson
Intermediate School.
BLETCHER IS a senior partner with
Harmon Culhane, Peterson and
Bletcher, a consulting firm for public
sector activities such as water quality
Beginning in 1972, he served as
Washtenaw County' Deputy Drain
Commissioner for four years. He has
also done graduate work' at the
University Institute for Public Policy
Studies and is working on a master'ssin
economics and public administration
from Eastern Michigan University.


The Michigan Daily-Friday, February 29, 1980-Page 5

ex ected in
tax bill."
ALTHOUGH Perkins said she does.
not have a specific answer for reducing
property taxes, she said she feels there
should be a careful study of city tax
assessment methods. '
PERKINS SAID taxes will be an
issue in the campaign because her op-
ponent "is going to make it an issue."
She is right in that assumption.
Fisher recently sponsored a council
resolution to roll beck property taxes.
"They (citizens) should be able to see
'that inflation is caused by taxation," he
said. "Many people's taxes will be
going up between 15 and 30 per cent. We
must maintain the income balance in
the city, it must not become just a
wealthy community."
THE CANDIDATES also hold op-
posing views on the issue of city-wide
energy plan. Fisher supports a city in-
vestigation into the feasibility of har-
nessing the Huron River to produce
hydro-electric power, but disagrees
with a proposal to mandate housing in-
"Don't force anything at their

4th Ward election

(citizens') residence," he said. "When
you buy a house, you know if it's in-
sulated and you're the one who is going
to lose if it is not. The problem with the
Democrats is they are too strong in
telling people what to do."
Perkins, on the other hand, supports
the energy plan proposed by the city
administration and said she believes in
"a really strong energy policy." She
also said she supports a campaign to
educate the public on alternative
methods of saving energy.
FISHER SUPPORTS increasing the
supply of city housing, which he
believes is the best way to attract com-
petition in the tight market. He cited
the construction of a senior citizen
housing project built near the campus
area as one method of making housing
available for student use.
Perkins said she is worried the price
of housing in the city will force young,
elderly, single and black residents out
of the city.
"WE'RE IN danger of becoming a
city that is affluent and middle class,"
she said. Perkins said she would like to

see "some kind of subsidized housing
which could enable us to keep a diverse
population in Ann Arbor."
Perkins also said she "is open to be
convinced on rent control," although
she does'not have any specific plans in
But the candidates do agree on at
least one issue: They are opposed to
developer John Stegeman's proposed
32-story high rise at the corner of Chur-
ch Street and Washtenaw Avenue.
"It doesn't fit in with the rest of the
landscape," said Perkins, "and on just
aesthetics grounds I would say I think
it's a poor idea."
Fisher takes his disapproval one step
further, citing extreme distaste for
developer Stegeman stemming froman
experience when Fisher rented a
Stegeman apartment while a Univer-,
sity student in the mid 60's.
"I hope I never have to vote on it,' he

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key to cam
Fifth Ward voters have sent a
Democrat to City Council only once in
recent years and Bletcher said he
thinks he has a "better than a slim
chance to win" in this GOP stronghold.
"I don't think being a Democrat is a
liability," he said.
As the Republican candidate,
Chesbrough said that is would be
"foolish to assume" anything for the
upcoming race, but admitted there was
a "little less anxiety'" for her because of
the ward's history..
Chesbrough said party labels were
not as important as dealing with
"issues as cooperatively and
constructively as possible" once on
ON TAXES, Chesbrough said she has
no specific stand yet and added that this
issue will mainly "be dealt with at the



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state level."
Bletcher agreed that property taxes
are going to get attention in Lansing,
saying there is a "high risk" of a major
tax reduction in 1981.
He expressed concern "that any tax
cut could not be passed through to
ON HOUSING in Ann-Arbor, Bletcher
said, "There would be nothing that
would shape up the rental housing
market better than a five per cent
vacancy rate."
He said he'd prefer to let the market
work to improe the situation, but also
said he'd "have no problem having
government do it."
Since the majority of the Fifth Ward
voters are homeowners, Chesbrough
said rent control is not a big issue,
although she opposes it and notes that

h Ward

voters have turned it down twice.
Chesbrough joins other Republicans
now on City Council in supporting the
delay of the shredder construction, but
strongly supports greater energy
conservation and developmept of
efficient public transportation.
delaying the shredder any longer.

J -



Local firm pleads no contest

(Continued from Page 1)

products firm, has redisposed of the
waste "at their own expense, properly
and legally."
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Dave
Lady said during the pre-trial hearing
that efforts were being made to insure
that the dumping has not posed any
threats to the environment-.
mHe said idh0 gomppny is removing
some of the soil'around the dumping
site as a safetlreca tin. E T
Department will continue to sample
well water in the areas for signs of
contamination while the state
#,Department of Natural Resources
New and Special Zippers
22 years at the same location
663-6218 213 S. MAIN ST.
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(DNR) also runs checks.
District Court Judge Carl Fink will
sentence the firm March 28. The
punishment is expected to be a fine of
not less than $500 plus as yet
undetermined prosecuting expenses.
The investigation leading to the
charges was conducted by Warren
Hutchinson of the DNR Criminal
Investigation Union. The DNR was first
notified of the dumping last November
altough the dumping occurred around
August 3f, according to Hutchinson.
AFTER BEING notified of the illegal
disposal of the waste, the department

underwent an investigation to
determine the contents of the barrels,
which it then determined to be toxic
waste, Hutchinso added.
The DNR formally leveled the
charges against the company on Jan.
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