Baltimore Water Board Makes More Equitable Charges
The Water Board of Baltimore, Md., has recently made important changes in water rent charges, which, in its opinion, will be more equitable The water rent charges for churches and private schools were put on the basis of the seating capacity; churches of a seating capacity under 500 will from now on have to pay $3.25 a year; over 500, $6.50. Private schools of a seating capacity under 100 will be charged $6.50; over 100, $10 a year. Heretofore the charge for all schools had been $6.00 a year. Barber shops will be charged on the basis of the number of chairs; those with less than four chairs to pay $5 a year; those with more than four chairs, $8 a year. Formerly the only discrimination made between barber shops was the classification of large and small shops. The board abolished the charge of $13 a year for stables and in lieu thereof determined to apply a charge based upon the housing capacity of the stables; namely, $2 per year per stall. The employees’ charge of 50 cents per capita per year applied to factories not under water meters was eliminated by the board, which was of the opinion that under the old system double taxation was applied. The factories will now be charged a primary rate according to frontage and a fixtures rate for all sanitary fixtures. The front foot rates for stores were reclassified as follows: Under 10 feet, $8; 10 to 20 feet, $10; 20 to 30 feet, $12; 30 to 40 feet, $14; $40 to 50 feet, $16; 50 to 60 feet. $18; over 60 feet, $20. The previous rates were: Under 17 feet, $8; 17 to 22 feet, $10.50, and over $22 feet, $13.