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At the town meeting held March 7, 1910, the sum of $74,300 was appropriated for the municipal light department, $10,300 to be raised by taxation and $64,000 to be taken from estimated receipts.

Wellesley. The result of the operation of the plant for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 1909, as stated by the manager, was as follows:

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The estimates submitted by the manager for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 1910, were as follows:

Expenditures:
For operation, maintenance and repairs,

$26,000 00 For interest on bonds, notes or scrip,

940 00 For depreciation fund (3 per cent. on $75,000),

2,250 00 For bond payments,

4,000 00

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At the town meeting held Jan. 12, 1910, it was voted to continue the unexpended balance of the appropriations previously made for electric lighting, and that the sum of $3,000 be appropriated for the maintenance, operation and extension of the electric light system, of which the sum of $1,000 was set apart for the depreciation fund.

At a meeting held April 4, 1910, it was voted: “ That the sum of $6,500 be appropriated for the maintenance, operation and extension of the electric light system, of which the sum of $1,250 shall be set apart for the depreciation fund.”

West Boylston. The second vote authorizing the construction of an electric light plant was passed on Dec. 20, 1909. At the same time the town voted: “ That we raise and appropriate a sum not exceeding $15,000. The selectmen and town treasurer be authorized to borrow the sum by issuing notes of the town therefor, payable $1,000 per year, for the purpose of lighting the town with electricity and furnishing light and power to its inhabitants.”

At the annual town meeting, held on March 25, 1910, it was voted : “ That the town modify the vote passed under Article I, at a special town meeting held on the twentieth day of December, 1909, by amending the same so that the number of notes to be issued by the town will be not over fourteen, of $1,000 each, and that the sum of $1,000 surplus remaining at the end of the fiscal year ending March 1, 1910, be used and applied for payment on the cost of construction of the said electric plant.”

The plant, which is a distributing plant only, was put in operation Aug. 5, 1910, but was not completed until Sept. 30, 1910.

Westfield. The result of the operation of the plant for the fiscal year ending Jan. 20, 1910, as stated by the manager, was as follows:

Expenditures:
For operation, maintenance and repairs,
For interest on bonds, notes or scrip,
For depreciation fund (3 per cent, on $240,138),
For bond payments,

$56,876 02

3,549 92 7,204 13 5,000 00

Total,

$72,630 07

Income: -
From private consumers,
From appropriation for maintenance,

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$76,132 41
13,650 00

$89,782 41

Excess of income and appropriations over expenditures, $17,152 34

The following estimates were submitted by the manager for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 21, 1910:

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At an adjourned annual town meeting, held March 30, 1910, it was voted to raise by taxation, for maintenance, $13,500. At the same meeting it was voted : “ That, for the purpose of increasing and enlarging its gas plant by additions to the present building, the purchase of new gas apparatus and the building of new bench or benches and other necessary equipment at the gas works of the Westfield gas and electric light works on Sibley Avenue, and in accordance with the vote passed under Article 51 of this warrant, the town treasurer be and hereby is authorized and instructed to issue from time to time the negotiable bonds of the town to the amount of $15,000, signed by the treasurer and countersigned by a majority of the board of selectmen, denominated on the face thereof “ Westfield Gas and Electric Light Bonds,” dated Oct. 1, 1910, and payable in annual proportionate payments as follows, to wit: $1,000 thereof on the first of October in each of the years 1911 to 1925 inclusive, bearing interest at a rate not exceeding 4 per cent. per annum, payable semiannually, and in denominations of $1,000; and that said treasurer may sell such bonds at public

or private sale, or pledge the same for not less than the par value thereof for money borrowed for this purpose as aforesaid, in his discretion."

MUNICIPAL STATISTICS. The following table contains the names of the municipalities operating lighting plants on June 30, 1910; the population of each, according to the census of 1910; the kind of supply and the

year when the same was begun; the amount invested in the plant since the inception of the enterprise, including that raised by loans and by direct taxation; the total valuation of all estates in town for the year of the return, and the amount per thousand raised by taxation for all purposes. The towns of Ashburnham, Belmont, Groton, Groveland, Hingham, Norwood, Shrewsbury, Templeton and Wellesley have only distributing plants, and buy their electricity, the first and eighth named from the Gardner Electric Light Company, the second from the Cambridge Electric Light Company, the third from the Ayer Electric Light Company, the fourth from the Haverhill Electric Company, the fifth from the Weymouth Light and Power Company, the sixth and ninth from the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Boston, and the seventh from the Marlborough Electric Company.

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