A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912

36 A THUMB-NAIL HIsTORY OF
I recommend that an annex to the city hall be constructed
to care for all these various features.
Thanking you for your hearty co-operation, I am,
Respectfully,
H. B. RICE.
An idea of what it costs to run a big city like
Houston may be formed from the following recommendations,
made by the mayor, for the coming
year:
Mayor and commissioners .........$ 18,600
Controller and secretary .......... 7,500
Law department ................. 12,000
Treasurer .................... 620
Assessor and collector ............. 18,000
City Hall .................... 4,000
Elections ....................... 1,000
Damages .................. 1,000
Interest on bonds ................ 265,000
Sinking fund .................... 140,000
Miscellaneous expenses ............ 15,000
Electric lights ................... 50,000
Poice .......................... 110,000
Corporation court ................ 2,500
Fire department .................. 125,000
Health department ............... 25,000
Scavenger department ............ 18,000
Electrical department ............. 8,000
City engineer ................... 20,000
Streets and bridges ............... 100,000
Repair of shell and gravel streets... 25,000
Sewer department ................ 25,000

Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed July 31, 2014.