Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description, 1887
and Council make this levy annually in the month of June, and are required to specify each purpose for which the levy is made, and the tax so levied and collected must be expended for that particular purpose and for none other, " The collector and treasurer being required, under the charter, to credit the same on his books to the particular head or item of expenses for which the same have been levied, collected or received, and in no case to pay out the money collected and credited for the purpose to or for any other."
The expenditure of the monies collected for streets, lighting the same, cleaning, grading, opening and policing the same, with the public drainage, is confined to the Street Commissioners, a body composed of three citizens of the town, originally named in the charter, to serve for one, two and three years respectively. The Mayor, with the consent of the Council, thereafter annually appointing a successor.
The charter prohibits the Mayor and Council, the Street Commissioners and all other officials from contracting any debts against the city for any purpose whatever. The Mayor and Council are required by the charter to levy a tax to annually pay off two thousand dollars of the bonded debt and the interest thereon. In the June levy, 1886, the full amount was levied to pay on the outstanding bonds, as well as on all the bonds that could be issued under existing laws. This levy is, therefore, several cents higher than the average levies of the future will be, while paying off the entire bonded debt. It is, therefore, apparent, that neither the city debt nor the tax levy can be in any way increase without first going
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Hagerstown (Md.)--Description and travel; Hagerstown (Md.)--History--19th century
Washington County (Md.), 1887