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:i i : i ?i : 8 The Sidney Herald, Sidney, Mont., Wed., May 17, 1972- 11 Richey Seniors, We're TAKING OFFICE -- Newly - elected and Installed officers of the Sidney unit of l%ta Sigma Phi are (l-r) Pat Child, vice president; Kathleen O'Sullivan, president; Pat Thorndal, extension of- ficer; Joyce Cummings, recording secretary; Lynda Forcella, corresponding secretary; and Susan Zimmerman, treasurer. Ia=way Users Group Opposes Section of Constitution  e Board of Directors of the 4 r=tan Highway Users P derati, m, an organization of ":iations and individuals 'ed to continuation of a 0,! roads program for rtn, has voted to oppose the anti- 'ersior section included in proposed new Constitution. e action came at a recent :eting and was announced by ...... F. Dye, Bozeman, 1  Jent of the Federation and t four - term member of the I gislak re. ernbers of the Highway er board said they feared nti-diversion proposal '0id become "a severe e :: er to the continuation of needed highway program in state." )uring the recent Con- at tutional Convention, the Fderation was active in an en:cessful bid to retain the lresent anti-diversion endment, which reserves !ghway user income for rd, tt and bridge construction tni maintenance. This was written into the voters of state in 1956 and approved a margin of about 3 to 1. "13y passing the anti- diversion amendment in 1956, Montana voters indicated emphatically that the money raised by motor fuel taxes, gross weight vehicle taxes and other highway use taxes should be spent on construction and maintenance of Montana high- ways. "In our judgment it was a mistake for the Constitutional Convention not to permit the people of Montana, by alternate ballot, to once again register a preference as to how money raised for highway purposes should be spent," Dye said. Of concern to the Federation is the possible loss of revenue to the highway program. In the proposed Constitution, new vehicle tax revenue amounting to $1,192,000 annually is removed from highway funds. For the coming fiscal year, nearly $3.5 million was ap- propriated for Highway Patrol purposes under terms of a 1971 legislative act. Of this amount, $2 million plus comes from highway money. Under the proposed Constitution, all costs of the Patrol will be carried by the Highway Department at an additional yearly cost of $1.4 million. Driver education currently is financed from a share of driver license fees plus fines and forfeitures, amounting to about $200,000 a year. With the loss of $1,192,000 from the new vehicle tax and the extra financial costs of the Highway Patrol of $1,400,000 and driver education of $200,000, it will mean the High- way Commission will have $2,792,000 less to meet federal matching money. At present the average matching ratio is 80 per cent federal and 20 per cent-state funds. The loss of $2,800,000 of state highway funds would result in unmatched federal funds of approximately $11,200000, or a total reduction of about $14,000,000 annually in Montana's construction and preconstruction program, according to highway depart- ment sources. "A $14 million loss in the state's highway program an- nually, at this stage, would be most serious, especially when it is noted that only five per cent of the state's  system, or 257 miles, is rated sufficient to meet current standards. The over-all system is 40 per cent deficient with 3328 miles of the secondary system still un- paved," Dye stated. Another danger of the revised anti-diversion section, the group pointed out, is the possible diversion of highway revenue from the highway fund to state uses widely removed from the highway program, such as education, welfare, state government. A vote of 60 per cent of the legislature could authorize use of highway funds for any state purpose. "We are fearful when a state financing impasse occurs, as it has so many times in the past, the legislature will turn to the highway fund to make a balanced budget. This could come in the form of a direct appropriation from state high- way funds, or the addition of new gasoline or diesel taxes, or increased GVW fees to cover the diversion," the Highway Users president commented. The Highway Users board felt the anti-diversion section in the new Constitution poses curtailment of the state's high- way building program in the years ahead, as well as the imposition of increased taxes on all highway users of Mon- tana. 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(Warren Petrik) Richey Hardware and Implement