Lower Water Rates for Abilene, Kan.
The city commissioners of Abilene, Kan., have issued an order reducing the water rates in that city. There have been numerous complaints over the rates that were charged for the use of the city water, and the new rates made are as follows: The new water rate for owners of meters makes it possible to now use 50,000 gallons per quarter at a cost of $9, which formerly cost $14. For first 10,000 gallons, 25 cents per 1,000; for next 10,000 gallons, 20 cents per 1,000; for next 30,000 gallons, 15 cents per 1,000; all over 50,000 gallons, 5 cents per 1,000. Dwelling houses occupied by one family, minimum rate of $1 per quarter. Annual rates where meters are not in service: Soda fountain, $20; photograph gallery, $20; sprinkling, front foot, 20 cents; dentist office, fountain cuspidor, $15; all fountains not exceeding 1/10 inch nozzle, four months in the year, five hours a day, $0; one cow, $2; each additional cow, $1.60; cement curbing, yard, ½ cent; plastering, 1,000 square yards or less, $1; wagon tanks, per tank, 25 cents; churches, for motor power, 25 per cent, meter rate, The commissioners also cut off the free water to the city schools and the district will in the future pay just as any other consumer.
Because the citizens are unable to make up their minds about issuing bonds for the installation of a water system, it is probable that the village of Granville, Mich., will surrender its charter as a village and return to the township form of government. The proposal to issue water bonds has been put before the people three times and rejected three times. The business men of the town favor the plan, while those residing in the farming section oppose it.