Proposed New System for Livingston

Proposed New System for Livingston

Some officials of the city of Livingston, Mont., propose installing a duplicate water works system in that city. In commenting upon the proposition a local paper asks some pertinent questions upon the advisability of the scheme which include the following: “The city of Livingston has decided that it is going to construct, own and operate a water plant of its own. Following in the wake of municipal ownership predominant in many sections, it has advertised for the sale of $223,000 worth of bonds, bearing interest at 5 per cent. The bonds will go to the highest bidder, and the money derived from the sale thereof will be used for the purpose above mentioned. So far so good. The bonds will find a buyer, then the city will face the proposition of installing a plant in opposition to one which has been in successful operation for more than a quarter of a century. And it must be admitted that Livingston has one of the best water plants in the state. No charge of insufficiency, of inefficiency, of incompetency has ever been laid against it. Constructed in an early day by enterprising men, then sufficient to meet alt demands, enlarged as requirements demanded, equipped with all latest machinery, no city can boast of a more efficient or complete system for furnishing water to its residents. But these items of material interest, at least to municipal promoters, have been overlooked. As they view it, the city must become a competitor against an old established plant. The average mayor and councilman, looking rather for honor than the good of the people, is willing to become an opponent in the water world against men of experience, of years of training. Municipal betterment, as they call it, is to be placed against business sagacity, regardless of where the taxpayer may fall.”

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