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Stories of the Past: Monday, April 8, 2002

April 08, 2002

>>50 years ago — More than half the registered voters in the Imperial Valley's seven incorporated cities voted in Tuesday's elections, which kept in office incumbent councilmen everywhere but Brawley and Westmorland. Unofficial reports showed a total vote of 5,734 out of a total Valley registration of 11,545.

>>40 years ago — Although the tax rate in Imperial has fallen in the last eight years, tax bills are higher than in 1954. This oddity has occurred because in the 1955-56 period, the city raised the assessed evaluation to 72 percent of the fair market value. This was done because residents were unable to get home loans due to a low-assessed evaluation.

>>30 years ago — The Board of Supervisors adopted a precise zoning map for the Winterhaven town site following a public hearing in which the action was not opposed. Winterhaven, one of the last county urban areas not zoned, will be able to grow, Imperial County planners believe.

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>>20 years ago — State Sen. Jim Ellis said he is looking forward to going back to the farm. Ellis, a San Diego Republican, grew up on farms in the Midwest. Under the new reapportionment plan, Ellis' 39th state Senate district would include Imperial County.

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