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The Qimax, Richmond, Ky., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1917.
The Reasons Why the City of Richmond
Shodld Prepare to Buiild A Sewer System
amid Improve Its Streets
No. 1 . Richmond needs a sewer system and better
streets more than any other one thing.
No. 2. If we do pot carry the bond issue in this
election, we cannot vote again in the matter until two
years from now, no matter how cheap building mater
ial may become in the meantime.
No. 3. The opportunity to build streets and sewers
cheaply, will come as soon as the war ends, when
building material will unquestionably drop to the low
est level. The war will probably end next summer,
and a vote for the bond issue now means that we shall
prepare the city to take advantage of the low price of
material for construction at that time.
No. 4. The sum asked to be voted is adequate, un
der normal prices, to build a complete sewer system
and pave the principal streets of the city. The survey
of the engineer for a complete sewer system made last
November shows an estimate of cost to be $155,885,
with prices for material figured at greatly increased
prices. Under normal conditions, and only under
such conditions, will the city construct, this complete
system can be installed for approximately $100,000.
This will leave $50,000 for the construction of streets,
upon which State aid will be received, and this to
gether with $28,000 more, State aid hinds, which will
be allowed by the Fiscal Court for the next two years
in lieu of the City'-vStaejaid for the past three years,
will provide a fund sufficient to pave the principal
and most used streets of thecity.
No. 5. The bonds to be 'voted on November 6th,
will not be issued until the cost of material drops to a
normal level and actual construction begins. No in
terest or Sinking Fund will be required until the bonds
are issued, and therefore no burden of taxation will be
put upon the people until actual construction begins.
No. 6. When the sewers and streets have been
built the increase in taxation will only amount to a few
cents on the hundred dollars of property value, and the
increase of property values, which these improvements
will give to the city will, in fact, more than cover this
increase, with the result that the individual taxpayer
will, in fact, not pay any more taxes than he is paying
at the present time. It will, therefore, not increase
No. 7. To safeguard the public interest and to as
sure the people that the bonds will not be issued until
conditions are normal, and that when so issued, the
money will be economically and wisely spent, the City
Council has created a commission of five of our most
representative citizens and taxpayers, to-wit: R. R.
Burnam, R. E. Turley, R. J. McKee, T. K. Hamilton and
J. H. Dean, who have been delegated with the power
and responsibility of aiding, advising and counseling
the Board of Council in the bond issue and in the sup
ervision and the direction of the expenditure of said
No. 8. To vote these bonds will make it possible
for Richmond to take the greatest step forward ever
made in her history, and the construction of better
sewers and streets will mark an era of great business,
church and social development, and thereby make it
possible for the city to grow and prosper.
A Vote For the Bonds Is A Vote For
A Bigger and Better Richmond