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THE CONNELLSVILLE WATER DIFFICULTY.

Issue 10 and Volume 26.

THE CONNELLSVILLE WATER DIFFICULTY. According to a report just presented to the town council of Connellsville, Pa., by a special committee appointed to confer with the Connellsville Water company and to look up the water works’ question generally,the borough can neither legally build a municipal water works system nor purchase the present plant. The latter step is impossible, as, even at the lowest appraisment that might be put upon at the plant and the utmost inflation of assessed valuations in the borough for purposes of taxation, the cost of the works would far exceed the seven per cent limit of indebtedness which the borough can incur, even with the consent of the citizens at a special election. Under the law as stated, the town can increase its indebtedness seven per cent., or §140,000. Its present indebtedness is §37,500, leaving a margin of something like §100,000 to buy the water works.…

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