Public Service Volume 16-17

Public Service Volume 16-17

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ..."The deficits of the street railway department naturally cause concern to the civic authorities, among whom says and means are considered for checking the loss and building up the service to something approaching a self-supporting basis. To have our public utilities stand upon their own feet, with a gradually growing revenue in proportion to cost of operation and maintenance--the people enjoying the increasing benefit--is the first aim of civic legislators who hold to the principle of municipal ownership and the policy of no surrendering of franchises. The principle almost always works out costly to young communities branching into city ways and city comforts. Saskatoon is learning of this cost and in its experience has the cold comfort of knowing it is in the company of other communities, some of considerably larger population. "A drawback in connection with installing and operating publicly owned utilities is that too many voices are listened to. where expert knowledge is most needed. Those who are engaged to manage a plant or system may either run into excessive expenditure, knowing that their employers are not experts. or they may merely carry out orders handed down to them. There is lacking that business concentration which is to be found in the management of private concerns and which is essential to business success. "Perhaps the best is being made of Saskatoon's street railway system; the general public is not in a position to criticize beyond the service they are getting and the service at present seems to be about all that could be expected. The public does know, however, that the system has never had an expert street railway man directly in charge, one who is equipped by experience to direct every branch...show more

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  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 676g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236917774
  • 9781236917775