City Government by Commission

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CHAPTER XIII
RESULTS IN DES MOINES, CEDAR RAPIDS, AND OTHER
IOWAN CITIES

EQUALLY satisfactory results to those attained in Texas have been achieved in Des Moines and the other cities of Iowa which have adopted the commission form. John MacVicar, who has had experience under both the old and the new forms of government, having been a mayor under the old and a commissioner under the new, in an address before the Boston City Club, said that: "In place of it being unwise to place the power of tax levying and tax spending in one body, in Des Moines it has been demonstrated that it is a wise thing to do so. Our city council recently had before it the matter of a tax levy for the coming year. Des Moines taxes are rather high, but our bonded indebtedness is extremely low, amounting to about $1,300,000. We pay cash for most of our improvements. Our people are quite as strenuous in their opposition to increased taxes as any community is liable to be, and when the council published a statement that it would be necessary to increase the tax levy four or five mills, a protest came from the people. The council showed that the people had voted this

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