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What It Costs To Run The City Of Ann Arbor

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Parent Issue
Day
6
Month
February
Year
1903
Copyright
Public Domain
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City expenses are creeping up. The figures show it. What does it cost to run the city of Ann Arbor, outside of the sewers and paveinents, whicb are largely paid for by taxes laid iipon abutting property rather than the city at large. Here are some figures as gathered from the reports of the various treosurers of the city for the past ten years. The sewer and paving funda are excluded from the computaüon as wel] as all transfers of funds, the amounts representing merely the anual cash paid out by the city in the ordinary funds in the last ten calendar years: 1893 $ 40,489 Tl 1894 15,778 71 1895 86,960 02 1896 T(i.T2:ï 05 1897 56,379 86 1898 57,792 69 1899 56,540 2 4 1!KX) 52,93 4 87 1901 í 65,242 36 1902 98,129 94 Total for ten years $(00,951 48 These are the figures as shown by a computation from the treasurers' reports. As the Argus has picviously shown, a deduction of $30,190.03 should be made from the treasurer's figures for 1902, for the amount wrongfully paid out of the street fond for the State street paving and whlch should be returned from the paving fund where it now is. This would cut the 1902 figures down to $67,939.91. It will clearly be seen that even then the ordinary expenditures, exclusive of paving and sewers, have been much larger in the past two years than in any two previous years. The cost of running the city may be better understood if we take each fund by itself and show how ruuch was paid out of each fund in the past ten years. It is to be understood that occasionally money has been paid from on e fund when it should rightfully have been paiü from another, instances of which we may give later on, but the Argus has slmply taken the monthly reports of the treasurer and added them to make its coinputation. To have gone into the matter further would have involved the treniondous labor of goiug through each order paid for ten years and flndtng out from testimony outside the record just what the order was really for. As it is the labor of ünding Il'O reports, soine of which have disappeared from the files in this long period of time and must be found in the printed proceedings. of throwing out transfers of funds from expenditures and adding up each fund will be recognized as not light. In some years the contingent fund has been heavily drawn on for expenses which belonged to other funds, but this has not been traced. But here are the figures of 10 years expenses by funds: CONTINGENT FUND. 1893 $14,01., 01 1894 12,779 51 1895 17,870 32 1896 10,144 72 1897 14.771 Gl 1898 17,912 00 1899 18,226 90 1900 21,688 83 1901 20,545 82 1902 23,087 71 STREET FUND. 1893 $ 1,951 48 1894 5,569 29 1895 11,265 33 1896 20,581 78 1897 15,194 99 1898 13,241 87 1899 14.325 OC 1900 11,858 41 1901 9,721 09 1902 48,242 71 As previously explaiued, $30,190.03 should be deducted from the treasurer's statement in 1902 for the State street paving. This would leave $18,052.71 paid out of this fund in 1902. This includes as well all the street work of the years the sidewalk grading and all the bridges and culverts, including the flood daniages. These bridges and culverts were properly payable from the bridge, culvert and crosswalk fund, but were actually paid from the street fund. These figures for 1902 show conclusively that the cost of repairing the flood damages was nothing near the $15,000 which has been claimed. PÓLICE FUND. 1903 $ 2,068 71 1894 2,697 45 1895 3.430 51 1896 3,365 76 1897 2,925 10 1898 3,398 56 1899 3.CC1 30 1900 3,406 88 190x 3iC0l 81 1902 4oo3 55 POOR FUND. 1893 $ 1,95! 98 !894 2,501 86 !895 2,409 90 i 1896 2,124 92 1897 1 .'M 1 80 1898 2,590 84 1899 2,086 68 1900 1,990 71 1901 1,764 45 1902 1,999 67 FIRE FUND. 1893 $ 6,017 !2 1094 6,363 37 1895 0,700 10 1896 7,136 76 L897 7.:;."l 16 1898 7,442 06 1899 8,230 93 1900 8,459 73 19W 7,653 97 t9O2 8,886 05 WATER ir.M). 5.510 70 189 1 5,735 55 1895 5,765 75 L896 0,015 00 1897 6,115 00 L898 6,195 00 1899 ...' 7.12'. 66 1900 3,349 10 1901 6,697 13 19Ó2 7,011 99 In 1900 the sum of $3,245 was pald for water out of the contingent t'und, md Increasea that fund by that figure, whilo eausiug a big drop In the water fuud. The actual expense for water in 1900 was $0,594.10. BRIDGE, CULYERT AXD CROSSWALK PUND. 1893 $ 3,113 10 L894 . .■ 6,517 62 L895 5,826 61 1896 7,852 35 1897 4,784 95 1898 3,084 13 1899 2,299 80 1900 1,991 30 1901 6,207 53 1902 '. 4,778 09 CEJIETFJtï FUND. 1893 $118 86 1894 t 117 1895 151 50 1898 195 54 1899 279 85 v.m 100 37 1901 73 32 1902 103 07 DOG FUND. 1897 $' 55 u.-, 1898 12 50 1899 40 00 1900 57 00 1901 22 64 1902 16 50 The amounts paid out to the school district or county treasurer is not iucluded iu' these figures. IMYERSITY HOSPITAL BONDS. 1893 s::.72O 1894 3,600 1S95 3,480 1S90 3,300 1897 3,240 1595 3,120 CITY SITE. 1596 $5,000 STREET OR ALLEY OPENING. 1899 $ 300 1901 2,896 The only other thing aside from paving or sewer not included in the above list of eipenditures is the $17,900 paid tme the Homeopathie hospital in 1899. It is believed, however, that some of the sewers expense has been included In the street fund. The contingent fund has at timea been a favorite fund for chairaren of committees interested in other funds to dip luto for paymenta of expenses properly chargeable to their funds.