UNANIMOUS FOR METERAGE.
In the City of Havana, Ill., considerable of a controversy has arisen between the city council and the citizens as to a recent ordinance passed directing the people to install meters at once or have their services discontinued. A very strong opposition has developed to the enforcement of this ordinance, so strong, in fact, as to compel the reconsideration of the whole matter by the council. It seems that the argument of those opposing the new law is that the city should stand the expense of the purchase and installation of the meters, not the citizens, who claim to be already overburdened by the high cost of living. Of course this is a matter that must be decided by the community in question, and it is one that is largely governed by local conditions. There are many elements entering into the question, such as the condition of the city’s treasury, and its ability to meet the expense attendant upon the purchase of the meters, the tax rate that the citizens are already called upon to pay, and the problem of the issuance of bonds. All these questions are local in their nature and must be decided according to circumstances. But the significant thing in the whole matter is the fact that all the parties to the controversy are agreed upon the fact that meterage is the best system and should be adopted.