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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 4, 1980-Page 3-C

Economics marks tie

Mayor: Louis Belcher (R) 761-5836

between city and 'U'

Almost daily we hear tales of woe
about our economy, whether from the
sparring presidential candidates or from
students who must dig that much
deeper into their pockets to pay for this
year's tuition. With pecuniary
problems on the tip of nearly
everyone's tongue, it shouldn't be much
of a surprise that financial matters are
*hbigh on the agenda when University-
and city officials meet. After living and
growing together for over 140 years, the
needs and concerns-economic and
otherwise-of both the Universtiy and
the City of Ann Arbor have become
permanently intertwined.
And while the University pays no
property taxes on its 2600 acres in Ann
Arbor, its presence plays a major role
in the well being of the city. "The
University of Michigan provides a huge
economic base for the City of Ann Ar-
bor," said Ann Arbor Mayor Louis
Belcher. He pointed out that a number
of high technology firms have located in
the city to be close to the University-
"And don't forget football Saturdays,"
he added. "They bring lots of business
to the city, too."
TO BEGIN, THE 33,000 students at-
tending the University mean thousands
of dollars of business for local eateries,
stores and the like. Add to that more
than $2 million in salaries paid annually
to University employees, with their
corresponding city taxes, and the effect
of lost property taxes seems to
But it's not a one-way street, with the
city as the University's beneficiary. All
residents of the city are entitled to city
services, such as police and fire protec-
tion, and the University is no exception.
According to Belcher, about 40 per

cent of the city's $6 million annual
outlay for the fire department is spent
on University protection. And to look to
football Saturdays again, a recent Ann
Arbor City Council report on police
overtime listed the cost of traffic and
crowd control near Michigan Stadium
for last fall's seven football games at
nearly $60,000.
spends on these services is regained
through a direct payment from the

pncation so the University could buy
new buses to replace an aging fleet.
Only last spring did AATA finally
take formal action on the request by
authorizing a study of the University
bus system.
Belcher and University President
Harold Shapiro characterize the
relationship between their respective
organizations with words such as
"close" and "positive."
Shapiro also said there are many non-
economic areas of cooperation. As
examples, he cited the summer Art
Fair and a proposed theatre festival.
The theatre project is a large under-
taking envisioned to rival the Stratford
Shakespearean festival in Canada. A
planning committee with members
representing both the city and the
University is aiming for a summer 1981
starting date for the festival, with six
University stages scheduled to be
utilized during the four to six week af-
Anotherreality,of Ann Arbor as home
of the University of Michigan is the high
cost and demand for housing. The
University operates units capable of
housing about a third of Michigan
students. The remainder must turn to
the local market where the vacancy
rate has shrunk to less than one per
cent. The result is_ an expensive and
tight market with little being done by
either the city or the University to im-
prove the situation.
But whether it's housing or road
repair, the fate of the city and Univer-
sity is a joint venture. Just" as the
University is intermingled throughout
Ann Arbor, so must city and University
planners consider both organizations'
needs if both are to prosper in the
coming decade.

1st Ward:
Kenneth Latta (D) 994-5384
Susan Greenburg (D) 761-3253
2nd Ward:
Leslie Morris (D) 769-3758
Earl Greene (D) 662-8307

3rd Ward :
Louis Senunas (R) 665-2482
Clifford Sheldon (R) 665-5893
4th Ward:
Edward Hood (R) 769-5236
David Fisher (R) 995-2054

5th Ward:
Joyce Chesbrough (R) 761-8257
Gerald Bell (R) 662-3381
The First and Second Wards in Ann Arbor represent the campus area. The
First Ward, represented by Latta and Greenburg (who was reelected last spring),
covers the area surrounding West and South Quads. The Second Ward, where Greene
was reelected in April to serve with Morris, is located on the east side of campus
around the "hill dorms."
SUSAN GREENBURG and Earl Greene were both reelected'to their campus-areas wards
last April.

state government to the city coffers.
This payment comes to about $1 million
a year, not nearly enough to cover the
expense. The University budget allows
some payments for police services at
special events and the U splits costs
such as police overtime with the city.
A money matter that's been under
discussion between the city and the
University concerns transportation.
About four years ago, the city ap-
proached the Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority (AATA) with a request that
AATA sponsor a $3 million grant ap-

Local represent
areas of con ce

"The second Congressional district
contains the largest student body in the
nation, with almost 85,000 students,"
said Rep. Carl Pursell (R-Plymouth)
from the state capitol in Lansing. "It is
one of the nation's more diverse distric-
Pursell represents Ann Arbor in
Michigan's Congress along with Sen.
Edward Pierce (D-Ann Arbor). While
they serve for the city's welfare in Lan-
sing, Ann Arbor's State Representative
Perry Bullard, a Democrat, lives in the
city. It is these three men who voice the
sentiment of Ann Arbor (and the
University) to the state and" federal
governments, and who promote their
own philosophies in the best interest of
:their constitutents here.
BULLARD, a graduate from the
University's law school, said student
support is crucial to his career.
"There is a tremendous economic
crises in the state right now," he said,
citing the Tisch tax reduction amen-
dment as a threat to higher education in
the state. "If Tisch succeeds, tuitition
will go up and the quality of the Univer-
sity will decline," he predicted.
"Students have an important stake in
defeating this kind of nonsense."
He said that he is concerned with
other student issues. "It's important to
make financial assistance available to
0 students," he said. He added he is ad-
vocating a lowering of the drinking age
to 19. "I've also led the legislature in
the advance of decriminalizing
marijuana legislation," he sr id.
Bullard, who serves on a number of
House committees, has sponsored
legislation including the open meeting
act, the auto lemon bill, tenants rights
legislation prohibiting eviction without
due process, and solar tax credit im-
,provement legislation.
He will oppose Ann Arbor Republican
Rary Barton, independent candidate
Ronald Graham, and Libertarian can-
didate Jeffrey Quck in November.
Democrat, is serving his first term in
the Michigan Senate. Pierce, a Univer-
sity Medical School graduate and for-
mer physican and city councilman, said
his biggest priority is working to keep
the costs of health care as low as
possible without jeopardizing quality.
"I'd like to see the general medicaid

system made into a less wasteful
system," he said.
He considers housing to be the issue
of biggestconcern to students in Ann
Arbor. "Students have a real problem
with housing," he noted. "I would think
the students could form some sort of
pressure either at the state or univer-
sity level to produce some changes."
Pierce said students must become in-
volved actively and voice their own in-
terests or their issues will not be the
priority of area legislators. "Students
make up a significant group of people,
but their voice is not heard nearly as
much as most people's," he said.
Pierce, who serves on three Senate
committees, blamed lack of education,
not apathy to student awareness. "I
don't think the educational process in
the public schools give a real
awareness of the way the political
system work," he said.
Carl Pursell, a former state senator,
county commissioner, businessman,
and high school- teacher will seek
reelection to a third term in the U.S.
House in November.
Pursell said his campaign em-
phasizes his close attention to district
constituents, legislative accomplish-
ments in education and other fields, and
his elevation to the House Ap-
propriations Committee.
"Key issues for the 80's are inflation
control, limits on government, energy,
and restoration of a sound economy,"
Pursell said. "I've been working on
these issues by supporting a balanced
budget shared by all departments,
proposing a five-year tax cut program,
and leadership on development of new
sources of energy."
Pursell considers draft registration,
unemployment, and finding a job after
graduation as issues that concern
students most. "Some of my biggest
priorities lie in the areas of gifted and
talented education, student loans, and
funding for student training
programs," he said.
Pursell will face Republican
challenger Helen Gotowka in an August
primary, and, if victorious will oppose
Democrat Catherine O'Reilly in

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