ATS was first conceived on the 4th of July 1985 in the historic Benicia City Park landmarked by the gazebo pictured here to the left. On this day, numerous townspeople came together to picnic in the park, enjoy the entertainment in the gazebo and wait for the waterfront fireworks that night. Amongst the many picnickers were a few members of a local church discussing some community needs. One of these subjects was the need for a local full-time tax office. At that time both Frank and Sylvia Barata were employed as tax specialists with the IRS and intrigued by the idea of fulfilling this need.