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Revenue and Expenditure

The heaviest item of expenditure is the public debt; the sum at 31st December 1883, represented by the series of annuities terminable in 1950, amounts to a total of 171,730,965 pounds. The annuity for 1883 was 3,693,303 pounds. Over and above this the city is authorized to have a floating debt of 800,000 pounds. the following are in round numbers the main items of the ordinary budget for 1883,- the exact sum varying from year to year:-

Prefecture of police (partly repaid by the state)950,000 pounds
Streets and roads ("voie publiqye" and "voierie")999,000
Primary and professional education890,000
Poor relief795,000
Water0works and drainage520,000
Public walks, plantations, and lighting392,000
Octroi or customs (the main source of municipal revenue296,000
Central administration, "mairies," and municipal council337,000
Architecture and fine arts212,000

By the addition of the expenses of the College Rollin (an institution for secondary education belonging to the city), and some miscellaneous expenses of less amount, the ordinary budget for 1883 reached the sum of 10,106,533 pounds, and by the further addition of 44,000 pounds belonging to the previous year, a grand total of 10,150,533 pounds.

The extraordinary budget shows expenses to the amount of 298,444 pounds on general funds, and 90,000 pounds on special funds. The former is specially devoted to architectural works (rebuilding the Hotel de Ville) and keeping up streets and roadway, and the latter to the erection of buildings (Sorbonne faculty of law, and canal St. Denis).

The following are the principal items of ordinary revenue:-

Octroi (municipal customs)5,996,802 pounds
Mummunal centimes added to the direct contributions948,805
Municipal share in the profits of the gas company604,000
Water0rates and income from the canals belonging to the city442,867
Government subsidy to the municipal police307,753
Fines, shooting licences220,110
Revenue for public instruction (legacies &c)Unknown
Duty on gas supplied to private persons (0.02 fr. Per cub. Met.
About 5 _ d per 100 cub. Feet)225,250
Cab-stands, omnibuses, and tramways194,937
Government subsidy for the maintenance of the public
Roads and streets164,000
Dues from goods exposed for sale in the public markets138,136
Householders’ street cleaning tax (taxe de balayage)108,416
Sale of burial-lots in the cemeteries94,284
Stands in the markets and market-places83,461
Paying and cleaning of the streets95,717
Nightsoil and sewage56,597
Rent of stands on the public streets51,782

Including less important items, the total ordinary revenue in 1882 was 10,489,373 pounds, and the arrears of formers years’ revenue paid up amounted to 1,218,883 pounds

The extraordinary budget on general and special funds amounts to 6,450,037 pounds; but a large proportion of this consists of sums which re carried forward from one fiscal year to another, till the expenses which they are meant to cover are liquidated.

The chief items in the octroi are –
Beverages2,566,118 pounds
Liquids, others than beverages608,238
Building materials525,698
Wood for industrial purposes246,693
Total (1882) comprising other less important items,5,986,541 pounds

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