Leadership

THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS.

Issue 2 and Volume 1893 14.

THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS. Whoever is at fault for the awkward financial situation of the St. Paul Fire Department, it presents a serious problem, not only for the fire commissioners, but for the public. The so-called Bell charter fixes the limit of the expenditures of this department at $215,000, which is a reduction of $20,000 below what the board deemed necessary. But adjusting their expenditures upon that basis, they came out the first year with a saving of $6000. The next year, 1892, they proceeded upon the same basis, but struck a snag at the end of the year in the ruling of Controller MeCardy, that they were not entitled to $215,000, but an amount made up as follows: $15,018) for the general fund; eighty per cent of $200.000 allotted to them from the tax levy for the current year, making together $175,000, plus such additional sums as might be realized…

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