The City Government of Boston

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Rockwell and Churchill, city printers, 1895 - 289 páginas
 

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Página 165 - ... of said city to be duly executed and put in force ; to inspect the conduct of all subordinate officers in the government thereof ; and as far as may be in his power, to cause all negligence, carelessness, and positive violation of duty to be duly prosecuted and punished.
Página 17 - ... without any corresponding advantage being derived from them by the taxpayers, I cannot do better than to quote from Ex-Mayor Matthew's valedictory address, delivered in 1895, after administering the government of Boston for four years. He says, speaking of the condition of things previous to 189o : "The annual reports of the different departments I found to be much fuller than those published by most cities, but they were deficient in financial information. Statistics relating to the total cost...
Página 175 - ... no money had been spent by the city for the sole purpose of furnishing relief for the unemployed. The dangerous strategy of relieving distress by creating unnecessary work had proved a failure wherever it had been tried, he claimed. Yet he saw a dark future. The belief was gaining ground, he noted, that the community in its corporate capacity owes a liberal living to its individual members. A gradual change has come over the spirit of the people; and a large part of a population once the most...
Página 15 - ... Friction between the city government and the police board has been pronounced, at times. Mayor Mathews complained, in his elaborate valedictory address, that the withdrawal of police control from the city authorities interfered with the proper enforcement of ordinances. " The transfer," he continues, " of a purely local concern, such as the police force of a city, to the control of the commonwealth is a violation of the principle of local self-government and a constant source of irritation to...
Página 18 - ... public grounds or public buildings. "It may be said of the department reports, as a whole, that they contained little information of the kind described, and that such information as they did contain was always insufficient, generally inaccurate, and sometimes purposely misleading.
Página 140 - ... valuation. Taking the loss in tax receipts due to its ownership by the city into account, the net profit to the city amounts to about three and three-quarters per cent. per annum. While this is less than the average return from private investments in land, yet it will hardly be denied that an undertaking which paid for itself in twenty years, which has since yielded and is still bringing in a net revenue of nearly $60,000 a year, and which furnishes public accommodations of great value, has been...
Página 177 - ... reform: instead of eliminating cleavages from political decision-making, the reforms, particularly the elimination of parties, would enhance the conflict. Nathan Matthews, Jr. a turn-of-the-century mayor of Boston, issued just such a warning: As a city is a political institution, the people in the end will divide into parties, and it would seem extremely doubtful whether the present system, however illogical its foundation be, does not in fact produce better results, at least in large cities,...
Página 12 - Cambridge, and shall, except as herein otherwise provided, be appointed by the mayor subject to confirmation by the board of aldermen...
Página 140 - The property consists of 27,400 square feet of land, assessed at $822,000, anil of a building assessed at 8300,000, making the total assessed value of the estate $1,122,000. The annual income exceeds the annual expenditure by about $57,000, which is a little over five per cent. on the assessors' valuation. Taking the loss in tax receipts due to its ownership by the city into account, the net profit to the city amounts to about three and three-quarters per cent. per annum. While this is less than...

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