November 24 has been decided upon as the date for a special election in Webb City, Mo., to decide upon a franchise ordinance to fix water rates. These rates, which are a compromise between the city and the water company, have been approved by the Missouri state public service commission.
The application of Elizabeth, N. J., for a writ of certiorari to review the order of the New Jersey public utility commission’s order in increasing the water rates of the Elizabethtown Water Company will be argued before the February term of the New Jersey supreme court, on the third Tuesday of that month.
The tentative new rates for Hoboken, N. J., were made public on November 8, at a meeting of the Hoboken City commissioners, in the form of a resolution fixing these charges until such time as a new arrangement is made. The new rate is $2 per thousand cubic feet for all metered water in the city. All fiat rates, until the installation of meters is complete, will be 100 per cent, above the present rates. It also provided that a minimum per annum charge shall be made on all meters as follows: 5/8-inch, $10; 3/4, $10; 1, $25; $50; 2, $75; 3, $175; 4, $300; 6, $500; 8, $800; 10, $1,200; 12, $1,800 Minimum charge rates on metered service from to 1-inch to be payable quarterly and minimum charge rates on all service from 11/2-inch and upward to be payable monthly.
Mayor W. B. Reid, of Rome, N. Y., on November 4, made the following announcement as regards the reduction of water rates in the city: Commissioner of Public Works Arthur M. Lovier has reduced the water rents for the year 1923, by reducing the flat rates 20 per cent. This means a reduction of one-fifth in the amount of water rent of each user of water, except those users whose water is metered, and is in accordance with the intention expressed in the letter from the board of estimate and contract to the common council at the time the budget for 1023 was submitted. This reduction has been made possible by the saving which Mr. Lovier has effected by reducing the expenses of operation of the department.