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Stories of the past: Monday, September 3, 2001

September 02, 2001

50 years ago — There will not be a cemetery adjacent to the Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley despite earlier plans to locate a memorial-type park there. There had been considerable criticism in the Valley about the proposed site with the Brawley Chamber of Commerce and the medical board of the hospital going on record against it.

40 years ago — The Board of Supervisors on Friday established a $2.16 base tax rate in Imperial County. The supervisors also levied a special tax of .1261 cents to raise money for schools required by the Collier Act amendment.

30 years ago — Despite the state Supreme Court's ruling that the present method of financing schools with a locally levied property tax is illegal, the tax will remain on this year's tax bill, according to county Assessor Walter Lancaster. It is also too late to change this year, he said.

20 years ago — Under the reapportionment plan just released by the Democrats, Imperial County finds itself in a state Senate district that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Colorado River. It also finds under the plan it would have an incumbent state senator, Republican James Ellis. The county's current state senator, Bill Craven, would be representing northern San Diego County.

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