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2The Daily Tar HeelThursday, May 23, 1991
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Residents of Rock Creek Apartments in Carrboro play water
volleyball Saturday afternoon in the complex's pool. The water
was a welcome refreshment from the 90-degree temperatures
which scorched the state. Rain followed for the next two days.
UNC Hospitals rates to increase
to accommodate greater budget
By Sidney Gasklns
Rates at UNC Hospitals will increase
July I as part of a$262.4 million budget
approved last week.
The new budget is 1 0. 1 percent higher
than the $238.2 million budget the hos
pital has operated under for the past
The budget includes a 9.6 percent
increase in room rates. The price of a
private room will increase from $350to
$395 per day, and a semi-private room
will increase from $340 to $385 per
day. The average rate increase for all
services will be 5.9 percent.
Hospital Operations Director Todd
Peterson said most hospitals adopt a
new budget every year, and rate in
creases are typical. The 5.9 percent in
crease was "substantially less than the
inflation rate for the health industry,"
The hospital has to charge extra just
to break even because not all patients
can pay their bills, and government
health programs pay only part, Peterson
said. Those who pay their bills pay
more to compensate for those who do
not, he said.
Although the hospital receives 15
percent of its funding from the state,
Peterson said the increased rates were
not related to recent state budget cuts.
State funding cuts do have an impact
on the hospital, but UNC Hospitals'
operations are not as dependent on state
funding as many other institutions are,
Most of the hospital's budget is used
to pay its 4,000 employees, Peterson
said. "Salaries and fringe benefits are
our largest single category of expense."
Hospital spokesman John Stokes said
another expense was the expansion of
the number of hospital beds from 606 to
660. The bed shortage denies some
people medical care, he said.
The hospital also is expanding its
organ transplant facilities, and a new
neuropsychiatry building is under con
struction. Both projects are very costly,
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Howes won't seek third term;
future includes travel, writing
By Lauren Chesnut
Once the duties of mayor are behind
him after next fall's election, increasing
world travel and writing a book appear
to be in the offing for Jonathan Howes.
Howes announced last week that he
would not seek a third term as mayor of
Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill resident Rose
mary Waldorf is the only person to
announce her candidacy for the posi
tion so far.
"One of the things that I want to do is
spend a little more time writing ... about
local government and governance in
general in our society. That's one of the
things I do feel a need to reflect on,"
He has an outline for a book he is
anxious to flesh out after his present
term of mayor is completed, although,
he said, it was too early to discuss the
book's possible content.
Howes enjoys travel and is looking
forward to going to Scotland and the
Baltic Republics this summer, he said.
After next fall, he said, he will enjoy
being free to do more worldwide travel,
perhaps to Asia and possibly Africa.
Howes describes himself as "a pretty
keen observer of urban life in other
parts of the world." Travel fulfills his
interest in natural and manmade land
scapes how they fit together and how
they differ. He likes to take photographs
while traveling, he said.
He has no plans to leave Chapel Hill.
His decision not to run for mayor will
not affect his position as director of
UNC's Center for Urban and Regional
Studies, and he plans to maintain his
present teaching load, he said.
'Teaching has been a good experi
ence. It's been as close as I've been able
to come to systematically reflecting on
the experience," Howes said about be
ing mayor. "I usually ran my classes so
that there was a chance at the beginning
of each class to talk a little bit about
current affairs in an off-the-record way
and to bounce ideas off students. I think
it helped me to be a better mayor be
cause students could raise questions
that nobody else could raise."
Howes has called Chapel Hill home
for more than 20 years. Before that,
Howes lived and worked in Washing
ton, D.C. He said he doubted he would
return to Washington to work.
When asked about a comment he
made last week that he might seek po
litical office again, Howes said, "I think
everybody who's involved in politics
thinks that. One of the things I like to
say is I don't think I could ever serve at
a higher level of government. I think
local government is probably the high
est level of government in our society
because it's closest to the people."
Howes said he has no specific politi
cal aspirations at this time. He con
ceded, however, "I will certainly look at
other offices as they come along. When
these things come along, you have to
take a look at them."
Howes said he did not have any in
tention to become more active in the
"I don't have any plans to be any
more partisan in the future, but if I were
to seek practically any other office,
they're all dealt with on a partisan basis,
so I would probably have to become
Howes said his best accomplishment
as mayor was the staff he cultivated.
"We have a staff that is very respon
sive, to both the public and to the coun
cil, that provides an exceedingly high
level of service in a very cost-effective
way," he said.
Physical products of his tenure in
clude sidewalks, paved streets, a storm
water management system, the new
town hall and the coming new library.
But Howes admitted that there were
a few issues during his tenure not re
solved to his satisfaction.
"I'd like to see the town be given a
more flexible revenue base from which
to operate," he said. "Right now the
locally derived revenue base is almost
entirely dependent on the property tax.
In a community like this with no indus
trial base, it really puts a tremendous
burden on the residential property tax
Alternatives could include a payroll
tax or a real estate transfer tax, the latter
of which could be dedicated to growth
related expenses like schools or addi
tional park lands, he said.
Howes said he also would like to see
Chapel Hill receive better garbage ser
vice and police protection.
But, he emphasized, "I'm not leav
ing yet. I've got six months more in this
office, a. d we are going to be doing
some pretty interesting things during
that period of time not only adopting
a budget. I hope we're going to com
plete work on a thoroughfare plan. One
of the things we're trying to do is make
it more of a transportation plan ... (to)
account for more non-automobile-oriented
transit, including bikes, pedestri
ans and mass transit."
Colleagues of Howes said they were
sorry to hear he would not run again and
spoke highly of his performance as
"I enjoyed working with Jon very,
very much," UNC Chancellor Paul
Hardin said. "I think he was a good
mayor, certainly a very open person,
easy to talk with. I certainly feel that the
relationship between theUniversity and
the mayor's office has been excellent
during his tenure."
Raleigh Mayor Avery Upchurch said
of Howes, "I considered him one of my
greatest allies and friends as we dis
cussed and worked in the region."
Chapel Hill Town Council member
Nancy Preston said she felt Howes had
been outstanding "in his wide experi
ence and wide knowledge of people and
by his very equitable handling of the
meetings." She also praised Howes'
"great ability to extemporize."
Town council member Joe
Herzenbergsaidhelikedthe way Howes
has presided at meetings.
"I think he's very fair and even
handed," Herzenberg said. "It's very
important to members of the council
that everyone think that and know that
the mayor will treat each of our eight
points of view evenly and fairly, and
Jon is very good at that."
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conservative campus leaders have criti
cized throughout the last decade.
"It's well known that most, if not all,
of the CGLA's members are homo
sexuals," he said. "That entails a viola-
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ourselves is, are we going tocontinue to
fund, support and encourage a group
that encourages illegal activity? It's in
(the CGLA's) title. It isn't the Oatmeal
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Moore said the CGLA was a special
interest group that had received funding
despite the wishes of most students. He
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Moore brought the proposal before
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sues that are so critical that any delay
Zenick said the state law against con
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sex was outdated. "Under present state
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on this campus are felons."
Cohen was more adamant. "It's no
body else's business in what position
and with whom people have sex," he
said. "Mr. Moore has persuaded me that
it is a felony for us to fund the CGLA.
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