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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...in perpetuity, were
exclusive or monopolistic in character, and invariably brought
little revenue to the city. 5. The franchise grants or contracts
were loosely drawn and the conditions embodied therein were trivial
in character; no provision was made for financial regulation. 6.
Consolidation of the independent lines was accompanied by
over-capitalization, high rentals, and stockjobbing. These
observations force us to conclude that today, with the awakened
interest in public affairs, the city should formulate a definite
and comprehensive program with respect not only to its
street-railway franchises but also to other public 235 235
utilities.1 The time has come when the city can no longer 1 In this
connection it is interesting to note the recommendations made by
the Committee on Franchises of the National Municipal League at its
Detroit meeting, November 22, 1917: "I. That every state remove the
handicaps from municipal ownership by clearing away legal and
financial obstacles, so far as they are now embedded in
constitutional and statutory law. "2. That every state provide
expert administrative agencies for the regulation and control of
public utilities. These agencies should have full jurisdiction over
interurban services and over local services where the local
authorities are unwilling or unable to exercise local control. They
should have limited jurisdiction wherever the local authorities are
in a position to exercise the full normal functions of municipal
government, and should even have jurisdiction with respect to
accounting and reports in the case of utilities owned and operated
by municipalities. "3. That every city where public utilities are
operated primarily as local services definitely recognize these
|Country of origin:
Columbia University Science
||246 x 189 x 7mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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