Thursday, April 30, 2009

US Census Bureau at Lake Isabella

Some of you may be wondering who the people driving around and talking to residents at Lake Isabella are. Well the answer is the U.S. Census Bureau. Every decade since 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau has conducted a constitutionally mandated census to determine the number of people living within the United States and our territories.

We became a Village in 1998 and was able to participate in the 2000 Census. Here are the results that came from that Census:

2010 starts the begining of a new census count. One of the primary goals of the 2010 Census is to increase the national mail back response rate. This not only reduces the overall cost of the census, but it also increases the accuracy of the data. The Complete Count Committee is a major vehicle for planning and implementing this goal.

As always your answers to the U.S. Census Bureau are confidential and protected by law. All U.S. Census Bureau employees have taken on oath and are subject to jail term, a fine, or both if they disclose ANY information that could identify you or your household.

You can find out more about the federal laws surrounding the census and other relevant information at:

Let's help get the most accurate information for the Village of Lake Isabella.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The History of the US Income Tax

Since it is tax day, we figured we could share a historical perspective on how the tax came to be. The following is "borrowed" from the Tax Foundation.


The nation had few taxes in its early history. From 1791 to 1802, the United States government was supported by internal taxes on distilled spirits, carriages, refined sugar, tobacco and snuff, property sold at auction, corporate bonds, and slaves. The high cost of the War of 1812 brought about the nation's first sales taxes on gold, silverware, jewelry, and watches. In 1817, however, Congress did away with all internal taxes, relying on tariffs on imported goods to provide sufficient funds for running the government.

In 1862, in order to support the Civil War effort, Congress enacted the nation's first income tax law. It was a forerunner of our modern income tax in that it was based on the principles of graduated, or progressive, taxation and of withholding income at the source. During the Civil War, a person earning from $600 to $10,000 per year paid tax at the rate of 3%. Those with incomes of more than $10,000 paid taxes at a higher rate. Additional sales and excise taxes were added, and an “inheritance” tax also made its debut. In 1866, internal revenue collections reached their highest point in the nation's 90-year history—more than $310 million, an amount not reached again until 1911.

The Act of 1862 established the office of Commissioner of Internal Revenue. The Commissioner was given the power to assess, levy, and collect taxes, and the right to enforce the tax laws through seizure of property and income and through prosecution. The powers and authority remain very much the same today.

In 1868, Congress again focused its taxation efforts on tobacco and distilled spirits and eliminated the income tax in 1872. It had a short-lived revival in 1894 and 1895. In the latter year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the income tax was unconstitutional because it was not apportioned among the states in conformity with the Constitution.

In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the U.S. tax system. The amendment gave Congress legal authority to tax income and resulted in a revenue law that taxed incomes of both individuals and corporations. In fiscal year 1918, annual internal revenue collections for the first time passed the billion-dollar mark, rising to $5.4 billion by 1920. With the advent of World War II, employment increased, as did tax collections—to $7.3 billion. The withholding tax on wages was introduced in 1943 and was instrumental in increasing the number of taxpayers to 60 million and tax collections to $43 billion by 1945.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Earth Day 2009 Event

Lake Isabella residents are invited to celebrate Earth Day with the Isabella County Recycling Center. This Saturday, April 18th the Recycling Center will offer the following service free of charge:

*Free yard waste drop-off for Isabella County residents.

Also... the first 200 vehicles will recieve a free tree sapling.