The Increased Burden of Expenses
The letter published in our last issue, signed “Justice,” strikes a note that is applicable alike to private water companies and municipal plants. The one thing that has, as a rule, up to this time remained stationary amid the general rise in prices has been the water rate. Those in charge of both the water companies and the water departments have hesitated to incur the storm of protest that will surely follow a raise in rates and the consequence has been that they have struggled along under the heavy burden of increased prices and wages and in many cases have faced a deficit as the result. Now matters have reached such a pass that the water purveyors, both private and municipal, have got to add to their income by a raise of rates. There seems very little doubt that if this matter is put properly before the consumers they will see the justice of this action. The average American is a great lover of fair play and the water consuming public are no exception to this rule.
A parallel case is that of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. We have long faced the practical necessity of raising our subscription rates but have hesitated in doing so, hoping that matters would improve sufficiently to avoid this step, but instead prices and expenses have gone steadily upward, and now we are reluctantly compelled to announce an increase. Paper and the cost of printing have advanced from 200 to 250 per cent, and other expenses in like ratio. Whereas we are receiving at the present rate, $3.00 per annum, 5.9 cents per copy, we are paying out over five times that amount, or 31 cents per copy. The necessity for this increase, therefore, is so evident that we feel sure that our readers will recognize the justice of it. Our subscription rate begining July 1, therefore, will be $4.00 per annum.