NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 28, 1977
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(Studio) Special report with regard to rebellion of voters in permitting further property taxes and effects of it.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Closing of Toledo, Ohio, public schools, due to lack of funds till January, reasons for lack of funds and unwillingness of taxpayers to vote more money for schools reported [Toledo school supt. Frank DICK - cites opinion that this is one area where voters really have chance to express selves.] Situation in Los Angeles cited, as well as reasons for higher property taxes. [Los Angeles tax assessor Philip WATSON - describes unfairness with regard to property taxes.] Details cited with regard to California group called United Orgs. of Taxpayers, which tries to get item on June ballot to constitutionally limit amount of tax levied on property. [WOMAN - tells why she's volunteering to help in campaign.] Plight of elderly, on fixed incomes, in high property tax situation noted. [Taxpayers organization leader Howard JARVIS - remarks with regard to taxes and government operation.] Schemes to get around property taxes noted, include ordination of taxpayers as mins. In New York in mail-order church, in order to declare homes, churches, and take them off tax roles.
REPORTER: John Palmer