Fort Worth Water Works Report
The city water works department, Fort Worth. Tex., for the quarter ending July 1, showed a profit of $3,402.68 against a loss during the preceding quarter of $7,318.56, according to the quarterly report of City Auditor Martel. This feature of the report is interesting, in view of doubt that Water Commissioner Blanke could fulfil his pre-election promise to furnish artesian water on the money furnished by the income of the department. The total revenue under the Blanke regime is shown to have been $64,819.58, against $58,728.94 during the preceding three months, while the expenses of the quarter just past were $61,416.90, against $66,047.50 in the previous report. The report shows a cut of $3,904.39 in the expense of the Holly plant, with a slight increase in general expenses and a $200 increase in the expense of the filter plant. The increase in expense of the Powell plant is $3,076.54, but this plant only recently has been placed in active operation. There is a cut of more than $1,800 in the cost of running the dual plant, and a reduction of about $400 in expense at the south side plant. The plumbing department, though a heavy expense was expected there, because of the Cotton Belt work, showed expenses lower by $1,100. The entire city expenses have shown a reduction under the new administration, but the revenue of the city, which totals $100,456.21. falls $104,000 short of the disbursements for the quarter. The amount of cash in the hands of the city shows a decrease of $303,898.27. The total assets have increased from $13,517,736.58 to $13,683,264.75. The liabilities in each case are $8,038,950.47 less than the assets.