Taxes. The valuation of the property of the several companies as fixed by the local assessors may be found in detail in Appendix D. The aggregate valuation of all the companies is $59,690,400. Certain companies, however, have electric light plants, and the assessed value of such whenever separately returned is as follows: The value of the gas plants as assessed by the local assessors is then, in round numbers, probably not far from $50,000,000, as there are electric plants at Adams, Athol, Beverly, Charlestown, Clinton, New Bedford, Newburyport, North Adams, Spencer and Williamstown, which are not given in the last table. The total sum paid by the companies for taxes, including State supervision, after apportioning to electric account that part of the gas companies' taxes belonging to their electrical departments, was $1,235,643.06, an average of 7.4 cents per thousand feet of gas sold; being an increase over the amount paid the previous year of $70,833.99 in the total, the average for every thousand feet sold remaining the same. Dividends. The amount paid in dividends by the several companies, the rate and amount per thousand feet of gas scld, will be found in detail in Appendix D. Thirteen companies paid no dividends. The 54 companies paying dividends paid out in all for this purpose the sum of $3,709,824, which is an average rate of 9.04 per cent. on their capital stock. Reductions in Price. The following companies reduced the maximum net price of gas per 1,000 feet during the year ending June 30, 1914: Price. MAXIMUM NET PRICE. AVERAGE PRICE. 1914. 1913. 1914. 1913. The following pages show the prices charged by the several companies June 30, 1914, and the average price, per thousand feet, received from sales by meter in each of the two years ending June 30, 1913 and 1914: COMPANY. Gross Price. REMARKS. 1 25 Athol, $1.25 Discount 20 cents per M if paid before the 10th of the month; special rates of $1 and 90 cents, respectively, to certain consumers. $1. 05 $1.05 $1.04 $1.04 2.00 Discount 50 cents per M for fuel purposes, 75 cents per M for engines. Minimum charge, 50 cents a month; $1 per M for brazing purposes; $1.25 per M for factory purposes, 2.00 2.00 1 48 1 55 Attleboro, 1 20 Discount 20 cents per M if paid on or before the 16th of the month, Atwood, L. Sidney (Chatham), Bernardston, Beverly, 15 00 1 30 15 00 Acetylene gas, Acetylene gas, 25 cents a month minimum charge, Discount 20 cents per M on all bills paid on or before the 10th of the month; one customer guaranteeing 1,000,000 to 4,000,000 feet per year, $1 per M net. Prepayment meters, $1.20. Minimum charge of $1 a quarter. Danvers: $1.55 per M, with discount of 20 cents for prompt payment; prepayment meters, $1.45, 1 Maximum gross and net prices, exclusive of Danvers. 1 50 Discount of 10 cents per M if paid before the 10th of the month. For 500,000 cubic feet annually or over, $1.25 net, Discount 10 cents per M if paid before the 10th of the month. Minimum charge of 50 cents a month is made to consumers whose net bills average less than that amount during the year, 1 75 If more than 20,000 feet are used, $1.45 per M. Gas for fuel purposes, $1.45 to $1.25, according to quantity used. Yearly minimum charge of $6, if monthly bills are not at that rate the difference is added to monthly totals, Blackstone, $1.30 Boston Consolidated, 80 Brockton, 1 15 90 1 60 Discount 10 cents per M if paid by the 10th of the month. Minimum Discount 10 cents per M if paid within 10 days from date of bill. For Discount 10 cents per M if paid in 10 days. Meter rent of $2 unless $7 worth of gas is used yearly, $2 per M if more than 1,000 feet a month are used, Gas for power, $1.20 to 75 cents per M according to amount used. For in- Discount 20 cents per M. Special rates of $1.25 and $1.20, respectively, Acetylene gas, discount 5 per cent. if paid in 10 days. Minimum charge, 50 1 15 Discounts: 10 cents per M from 500 to 3,000 feet; 15 cents per M to 30,000 90 2 50 15 00 Dedham, 1 10 1 10 1 10 1 09 Greenfield, 1 663 Discount 10 per cent. if paid before the 10th of the month following. Minimum charge, 50 cents per month or $6 per year, 1 50 1 50 1 40 1 48 15 00 Acetylene gas, . 15 00 15 00 15 00 15 00 15 00 Acetylene gas, . 15 00 15 00 15 00 15 00 Discount 10 cents per M if paid within 10 days. City of Haverhill, 80 |