60 years ago

High School trustees call election to continue higher tax rate: Liberty Union High School trustees set in motion this week the machinery for maintaining a higher tax rate when they called a special election for Tuesday, April 14, at which time voters will be asked to decide whether the tax rate minimum should be raised form the statutory limit of 75 cents to $1.25.

The action does not mean a further increase in the tax rate, but continuation of an increase which was authorized by the voters four years ago. The increase approved at the time expires and must be renewed if the district is not to be restricted to the 75-cent rate, B.J. Callaghan, district superintendent explained.

He added that approval by the voters does not necessarily call for a rate of $1.25. The board has held the rate to $1.17 and is hopeful that the full amount authorized will not be required.

25 years ago

First City Council had many difficult issues to deal with: Some of the issues that the first Brentwood City Council had to deal with included streets, taxes, and budget, the city's boundaries and garbage collection.

The streets in Brentwood were in fairly bad shape in 1948 when the city became incorporated. Two members of the City Council, Oliver Danielson and Adolph Boltzen, wanted to make an issue of the dirt and grabbed big brooms and went around sweeping some of the streets to publicize how could they looked when they were clean, according to Danielson. The streets were one of his pet projects.

The new City Council couldn't do much until it knew how much tax money it would be getting so they could figure out a budget, Danielson said. The council did go ahead, however, and hire a police chief in order to have police protection. One of the first controversial things the council had to deal with was the city's boundaries. Danielson said there were several people who were unhappy with the boundaries proposed by the council because they felt if they were in the city their taxes would be higher. That issue caused the resignation of Brentwood's first mayor, Jack Lane.

-- Brentwood News files

Another issue the first council had to deal with was a property dispute between neighbors. The council had to have a survey done to settle this dispute Danielson recalled.

-- Brentwood News files