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SWANSEA'S RATES .I

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SWANSEA'S RATES I COUtiOLS DECISION Moviiag the minutes off the Finance Committee, and chairmen of committees, and the adoption of the annual budget, at the Swansea Council on Wednesday, Councillor Maodosiald said that the com- mittees had kept well within their esti- mates for the past year, and this had, ot oouise, substantially helped in dealing with the next, years's rates. The increases in the estimates were as -follow Borough }{.¡1.te. JE10.606 District Rate k 4,829 Education .£ 6,143 I Total ^21,578" This represented an increase in the I Corporation rates of 6d. in the £ this, with id. estimated increase in the Guar- dians' precepts for the year, making a total increase of It)d. Of course the Cor- poration have no control over the ex- I penditure of the Guardians. I It a 10s. rate was levied it would repre- j| sent about 15 per cent, increase on the j pre-war rate of 8s. 8d. The Corporation, Ul (jommon with all other employers of labour, have had to pay bonuses to its employes, and this had approximately oost, to workmen, 220,500, or about a 9d. rate; to officials, t2,600, or just over a penny rate. War allowances had also cost over £ 6.000, representing nearly a 3d. rate. He moved the adoption of the minutes and the budget, with the exception that the figures of the recept for general dis- trict rate purposes be amended to ^104,788, and that for the borough rate purposes to £ 35,378. The effect of this would be that the rates would be increased by 6d. only, for which the Guardians would be re- sponsible for 4d., the Education Commit- tee 2id., and the Corporation (general purposes) would be reduced by fd. Mr. W. W. Holmes seconded, and pointed out that the Borough Traesurer had saved several thousands of pounds' expenditure. The rates had increased since the last six years by £ 67,000. Of that £ 20,000 had been incurred by grant- ing bonuses to workmen; klS,000 was spent on the Education Committee, and £ 15.000 had gone to the Guardians. Con- sidering that during the War practically !l-11 the tramps had been cleared out of the country. One would have thought that there would have been saving effected by the Guardians. Th. Councrl themselves were helpless. They had to obey the precept sent in. That precept was sent in with- out explanation or details; there was some explanation due to the Council. Some explanation should be forthcoming as to why they had to contribute another 215,000 for the coming year. I The budget was subsequently adopted.

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