The Water Company and the Council

Issue 7 and Volume 66.

The Water Company and the Council The question of the proper compensation of a private water company for its service is very often the subject of a controversy and sometimes the company is treated unjustly by the council of the city or town which it supplies with water. When the company asks for the privilege of raising its rates, in order to pay its expenses, ever increasing, more often than otherwise, the cry is raised that the corporation is exercising extortion, that its rates are exhorbitant, and that no increase should be granted. One of these cases came to light recently in a small town in Ohio. The water company petitioned for the privilege of putting in force a new schedule of rates. Before the vote was taken the president of the water company appeared before the members and testified that the monthly expenses of the company were over $1,300.…

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