The mayor who was in office at the time the ordinance creating Glasgow’s occupational tax and license fee was enacted in 1966 said conditions then made it absolutely necessary.
When Robert A. Lessenberry started as a member of the common council, his recollection is that the city’s budget was $260,000. The city had every department it does now – in some form – except for the landfill. At the time, the population was between 10,000 and 11,000, he said.
He served as chairman of the Finance Committee and the Fire Committee, which has since evolved into the Public Safety Committee.
Asked whether there was any particular thing that made more revenue necessary, Lessenberry said it was needed for “everything.”
“We had no money,” he said.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of reports examining the City of Glasgow’s primary revenue sources, particularly the occupational license tax and its history and impact on the city’s fiscal capabilities.
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