Inefficiency in Municipal Work.
“The cost of inefficiency in municipal work,” is the title of an article by Walter B. Snow, publicity engineer, of Boston, in The American City. Many striking instances, drawn from the exhaustive report of Metcalf & Eddy, consulting engineers to the Boston finance commission, are graphically shown. Such, for instance, is the increase in hourly wage of laborers from 17 cents per hour in 1878 to over 30 cents at the present time, while the feet of pipe laid for one dollar decreased from 4 to about 1½ feet. Out of $2,500,000 appropriated for water and sewer departments. 20 per cent, is shown to have been dissipated in loafing and half as much in graft, while a large percentage of the balance was paid for construction that was unnecessary.