St. Louis and Its Water Rates
A bill to change the water rates in St. Louis, Mo., is being prepared by Delegate Nathan Hall, and will be introduced in the House of Delegates soon. In the measure Hall takes up the question of tax on water motors for washing machines, which was unsuccessfully espoused by Assessor and Collector of Water Rates Burton during the last session of the Assembly. Hall provides a yearly tax of $1 on the motors. A proviso is attached that the tax shall not be considered a lien on the property unless the owner of the machine owns the property where the machine is located. The $10 maximum which the water commissioner must assess against all unclassified methods of using water is reduced to $1 by Hall’s bill. He also cuts down the maximum of $1,000 to $50. “If the assessor and collector of water rates finds a place where he thinks the charge should be greater than $50 a month he can order a meter put in,” said Hall in explaining the $50 maximum. The present annual charge of $5, which is registered against vaults is stricken out by Hall’s bill. He said vaults could come under the unclassified list and be taxed $1 each. The tax of $15 a year for a public bathtub is reduced to $5 by the proposed ordinance. A bill touching on the vault question was introduced in the House of Delegates yesterday afternoon by Delegate Ebrecht at the instigation of Burton. It provides that the vault charge of $5 a year shall be discontinued and vaults put under the unclassified list. The bill would reduce the minimum charge from $10 to $1.