Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description,
and thoroughly equipped companies. These companies are volunteer, but are under thorough discipline and are composed of good, responsible citizens. Three of these companies own large buildings, the rental of those potions for which they have no use, bringing in a considerable revenue. The city and county treasuries contributes small sums towards the support of the companies and furnish them with necessary hose. The Fire Companies are admirably efficient, and the risk from fire is reduced to a minimum, a fact which is recognized by the Fire Insurance Companies. There are two modern steam fire engines belonging to the companies and a number of hand engines. These are kept for emergencies, but the enormous pressure of water renders all engines unnecessary. The hose is screwed on to water plugs, which are thickly distributed over the town, and the stream that is thrown is of much greater volume and power than any fire engine could produce.
TAXES AND FINANCIAL CONDITION.
Few cities of like population and possessed with equal public improvements can show so low a rate of taxation and so small an indebtedness.
The last annual statement made by the Mayor of the town, June 15th, 1886, says: "We have the handsome cash surplus of $10,040.47 to the credit of the town, in addition to the levy and such other licenses and market rents as may be forthcoming." In this same report he shows the bonded debt of the town to be $24,000, and $1,000 accrued interest thereon.
The annual statement of the city Treasurer, made Dec. 31st, 1886, shows a cash balance on hand of $9,735.75,
T. J. C. Williams
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Washington County (Md.), 1887