A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 37

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THE CrrY OF HOUSTON, TXAS 37
Garbage department ............. 25,000
Market ......................... 7,000
Schools ......................... 210,000
Parks ......................... I0,000
Carnegie library ................. 10,000.
Refunding certificates ............ 21,000
Buffalo Bayou .................. 5,000
Mayor's emergency fund .......... 1,000
Westmoreland fire station and equipment
......................... 25,000
Water DepartmentGeneral
expenses ................$ 80,000
Interest ........................ 55,000
Sinking fund .................... 28,000
Total ................... ... $1,458,220
Perhaps more interest attaches to the report of
City Tax Commissioner J. J. Pastoriza this year
than to any of the others, because of some radical
changes that have been made in methods of taxation
during the year just closed.
He states in his report that in the beginning of
1911 the city officials were confronted with the neeessity
of raising the assessment over $12,000,000
to produce the additional revenue needed. He says
that while the work for 1911 was fairly well done,
the experience gained has convinced him of the neessity
of a scientific plan of aseszmen TheSomers
system largely solved the problem with its system of
equalizing the value by a mathematical rule for cl
culation. A contract was entered into with the Man-

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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/43/ocr/: accessed December 5, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .