Leadership

Diversion of the Water Works Surplus

Issue 3 and Volume 73.

Diversion of the Water Works Surplus Recently, in a middle western city certain civic associations suggested that the surplus of the water department, which amounted to quite a neat sum, be diverted to the uses of the general city government and commandeered to cover a deficit occurring in the administration of its affairs. This plan was successfully opposed by the city officials, who pointed out that while the surplus was large it was not by any means sufficiently so to meet the deficit and in order to do this it would be necessary to raise the water rates almost 100 per cent. The stand of the city officials in this case was a wise and far-seeing one. There might, of course, arise an emergency, where it would be necessary to employ the surplus of the water department for other municipal purposes, but, in such a case, the money so used…

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