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MUNICIPAL OWNERSHIP. Official replies to inquiries relative to action about a municipal gas or electric lighting plant have been received from 182 towns and cities, including all the cities and substantially all the towns in which the population exceeds 1,500 and in which no such action has previously been taken. Except as stated on pages 149, 150, following, none of these have taken action during the year.

Pages 143-148 contain a tabular statement intended to show briefly all action within the State in respect to the municipal ownership of gas or electric light plants prior to 1910. The pages following contain carefully prepared abstracts from the reports of town officers showing, in two sections, the history of this subject during the last calendar year. The first section (pages 149, 150) exhibits the action of those towns which are not engaged in the lighting business, but have during the year considered propositions to undertake it. The second section relating to municipal plants in actual operation contains two parts: the first part (pages 151-177) setting forth certain financial data relative to the preceding municipal fiscal year, with the estimates and appropriations of the current fiscal year, taken from information furnished the Board by various town officers, and the second part (pages 178–195) setting forth certain general financial and physical data relative to the plants from the returns made to the Board as of June 30, 1910. In Appendix B will be found, under date of June 30, 1910, the separate balance sheets, profit and loss and manufacturing accounts from the annual returns of the different municipalities. Appendix E contains detailed statistics relative to the municipal plants, compiled from the annual returns of June 30, 1910.

Tabular Statement showing Action about Municipal Gas or Electric Plants prior to Jan. 1, 1910.

Votes favorable to Acceptance of the Munici

pal Ownership Act.

Votes against the

Acceptance
of the Municipal
Ownership Act.

Remarks.

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Investigating committee report in 1895. Votes favorable to acquiring an electric lighting system

were 52 to 4, and 53 to 1. Nov. 1, 1907, the town acquired plant formerly of Greene Electric Light, Power

and Manufacturing Company. Electric distributing plant of local company taken by town

May 3, 1898. Current bought from Somerville company until Oct. 1, 1902, and thereafter from Cambridge com

pany. Adverse committee report in 1897.

Aug. 20, 1896

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Plant for electric street lighting only, started Oct. 15, 1892.

Commercial plant completed October, 1894.
Proposition rejected by the voters at annual election in

December, 1893.
Adverse committee report accepted in 1891.
City council refused to submit question to voters, 1893.

Proposition rejected by the voters in 1896. Adverse

committee report in 1906.
Investigating committee appointed in 1897.
Popular vote upon establishing an electric light plant,

December, 1894. Yes, 1,504; no, 182. Began to operate
plant in May, 1896.
Vote of July 14, 1908, favorable to acquiring a plant for the
manufacture of gas and electricity, was 223 to 27. No

vote taken in 1909. Electric plant built and put in operation in January, 1900.

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1 The votes stated were passed by the city council.

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Tabular Statement showing Action about Municipal Gas or Electric Plants prior to Jan. 1, 1910 Continued.

Votes favorable to Acceptance of the Munici

pal Ownership Act.

Votes against the

Acceptance
of the Municipal
Ownership Act.

Remarks.

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Under special act. Plant for electric street lighting only,

started Jan. 2, 1889. Plant for commercial lighting built

in 1896.
Investigating committee appointed in 1897. Adverse com-

mittee report in 1899, and a ten-year contract made with

the local company.
Investigating committee appointed in 1892. No report.
District established by Acts of 1909, Chapter 496.
Adverse committee report adopted Nov. 27, 1894. Adverse

committee report in 1895. New investigating committee
appointed in 1901. Proposition referred to a new com-

mittee in 1905.
Adverse committee report adopted Oct. 5, 1891. Proposi-

tion referred by the aldermen to the next city government
in 1899. Vote of Feb. 1, 1904, annulled and rescinded

on Aug. 1, 1904. Adverse committee report in 1906.
Investigating committee, 1891.
Plant began operation November 20, 1909.
Plant began operation April 1, 1907.
Votes of municipal council to acquire gas and electric light

plants respectively.
Investigating committee, 1891 and 1892. Electric distrib-

uting plant purchased from Weymouth company. Cur

rent bought from that company. Motion to acquire electric light plant lost for want of

requisite two-thirds vote, the vote standing 135 yes and 86, no.

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1, 1904

Framingham,
Groton,
Groveland,
Haverhill, 2

April

Oct.
s Dec.
1 Dec.

5, 1909
22, 1906
8, 1892
3, 1909

July
Dec.

2, 1909 26, 1906

Dec. 30,

1891

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