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Stories of the Past: Sunday, June 23, 2002

June 22, 2002

>>50 years ago — Possibility of abolishing all city sales taxes and increasing the state sales tax held the attention of councilmen and mayors of seven Imperial Valley communities. Meeting in Brawley, the Imperial County division of the League of California Cities elected officers and heard reports.

>>40 years ago — Assessor Collector John Bowman told the Board of Supervisors he would like to have a state survey made of his department to determine its need for additional employees. Bowman told supervisors his department is extremely understaffed, and that it's has been necessary to call all field appraisers into the office to help with the work load.

>>30 years ago — Speaking before his own people for the first time in a week and being hailed as "savior of the Valley," Mexican President Luis Echeverria termed the desalination agreement with the United States a victory for Mexico and said, "It is not possible to govern from the office, but in contact with the nation."

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>>20 years ago — The Board of Supervisors will be seeing red today when it is presented the proposed 1982-83 budget that is nearly $3 million in the hole. Supervisors are getting the bad news of a $56.2 million total budget on the heals of the auditor-controller's announcement that the county will have to borrow money to make his payroll next month. The proposed budget, which is down from the current $58 million spending plan, includes no new positions or programs.

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