The first page of this volume gives a summary of the money spent by the town on various services and materials. There is a salary list of Town Officers. A comparison to today’s city budgets would be an interesting exercise!
SUMMARY VIEW OF THE ORDERS DRAWN BY THE SELECTMEN, FROM MAY 18TH, 1855, TO FEBRUARY 20TH 1856.
|For support of Schools||$2027 34|
|support of High Schools||965 96|
|Town House||671 86|
|Liquor and expenses of Agencies||910 85|
|Ringing bells||12 50|
|Guide Boards||11 50|
|Commissioners and expenses||680 59|
|Snow bills||94 50|
|Board of Health||38 00|
|Railing on Village Street||93 61|
|Fire Department||31 87|
|Engine No. 4||9 00|
|” 2||80 80|
|Hearse and Hearse house||10 50|
|Salary of Liquor Agent||66 83|
|Board of Health||24 75|
|School Committee||27 78|
|Town Clerk||75 00|
|” recording Births Marriages and Deaths||51 71|
- This document is a summary of expenses for the period from May 1855 – February 1856.
- Town House = Town or City Hall
- Paupers = the poor people of the community were cared for on a poor farm
- Hearse and hearse house = money spent on funerals for those poor people cared for by the town
- Firewards = firemen
- Constables = police men
“Summary View of Orders,” 1855-1856. Peabody Institute Library, Danvers, MA.
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