Almost 70 community thrifts insured by the Savings Association Insurance Fund would drop to lower capital classifications if forced to pay a proposed one-time assessment to recapitalize it, according to an American Banker study.

The proposed fee - a one-time assessment of 85 basis points for every $100 of domestic deposits - would be assessed on all thrifts. Many larger ones are already preparing contingency plans to deal with the charge.

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