METERAGE IN KANSAS CITY.
Because of the somewhat absurd and unreasonable outcry against the use of meters in Kansas City, Mo., its board of public works has consented to a reduction of water meter rates in certain districts, and retained the minimum rate of seventy-five cents a month to all meter consumers using 3,000 gallons or less. No change will he made in the fiat rates, which it was proposed to reduce by ten per cent.—and this on the advice of Chief Clerk John Lawrence, who opposes any such change, the proposal for which originated with the joint committees of the council. The reductions allowed in meter rates are as follows: First 10,000 gallons, twenty-five cents from thirtyone cents; second 10,000 gallons, eighteen cents from twenty-two cents; third 10.000 gallons, seventeen cents from twenty-one cents; fourth 10,000 gallons, sixteen cents from eighteen cents; fifth 10,000 gallons^ fifteen cents from seventeen cents. These reductions, it is claimed, will reduce the revenues of the department $00,000 annually. There are 2,596 meter patrons paying the seventy-five cents minimum rate a month, and they will not be in any way benefited by the reduction. I11 any case, they had made no complaint. The principal objections were the 4.682 meter raters using within the first 10.000 gallons a month and meter consumers who use as high as 100,000 gallons a month, all of whom will be benefited, and this, on the ground that it was wrong to add additional burdens to larger consumers and on whom the water committees of the council proposed to raise the rates from five cents to eight cents and a fraction. It was represented that, if this were done, it would he a blow to many of the targe manufacturing interests of the city, and discourage possible and probable commercial industries from locating in Kansas City.
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