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Sec. 11. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to authorize said company to cross the tracks of any railroad company at grade.

Sec. 12. No freight, except the property of the company operating said railroad, shall, at any time, be carried over any part of the railroad herein authorized to be constructed.

Approved, March 25, 1903.

[Senate Bill, Substitute for Senate Joint Resolution No. 88.]

(45.] AN ACT AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF NEW HAVEN CON

CERNING THE ABATEMENT OF TAXES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General

Assembly convened:

SECTION 1. There shall be in the city of New Haven a committee which shall be known as the tax committee.

SEC. 2. Said committee shall consist of the following members : The mayor, ex officio, the controller, ex officio, the assistant corporation counsel, ex officio, one member of the board of aldermen, to be elected by said board, and three other citizens, to be appointed by the mayor. SEC. 3.

Said committee is hereby authorized to direct as to the settlement, compromise, adjustment, correction, or abatement of any claim for taxes or assessments which now appears to be due on the books of the tax collector of New Haven to the city of New Haven, including interest and cost of liens.

Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of said tax collector to settle, compromise, adjust, correct, or abate such claims in accordance with such direction, and it shall be the duty of the controller to adjust his accounts in accordance with such direction.

Sec. 5. No deduction or abatement shall be made by said tax committee on the ground that the property on which said tax was laid was assessed at too high a valuation.

SEC. 6. No deduction or abatement made or directed to be made by said committee shall have any effect unless signed by at least five members of said committee.

Sec. 7. The city clerk shall be, ex officio, the clerk of said committee. He shall keep, in a book for that purpose, a complete and systematic record of all deductions and abatements made by said committee and shall transmit promptly to said tax collector a copy of the same.

SEC. 8. Neither the clerk nor any member of said committee shall receive any pay for his services.

SEC. 9. The term of said committee shall be from July 1, 1903, to July 1, 1905.

SEC. 10. Any vacancy in said committee shall be filled in the same manner as that by which the previous incumbent was selected.

Sec. 11. This act shall take effect from its passage.
Approved, March 25, 1903.

[Senate Bill, Substitute for Senate Joint Resolution No. 172.]

[46.] AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO SUPPLY DEFICIENCIES IN THE APPROPRIATION FOR SALARIES OF STATE'S ATTORNEYS

FOR THE TWO YEARS ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1903.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General

Assembly convened:

Section 1. The following sums are hereby appropriated to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to supply deficiencies in the appropriation for salaries of state's attorneys for the two fiscal years ending September 30, 1903, as follows: Hartford county, eighteen hundred seventy-five dollars; New Haven county, twenty-five hundred dollars; New Haven county, at Waterbury, twelve hundred dollars; Fairfield county, fifteen hundred sixtytwo and fifty one-hundredths dollars; Windham county, two hundred fifty dollars; Litchfield county, two hundred fifty dollars; Middlesex county, six hundred dollars; Tolland county, five hundred dollars. SEC. 2. This act shall take effect from its

passage. Approved, March 25, 1903.

[Substitute for House Joint Resolution No. 155.)

[47.] PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE FUNERAL EXPENSES OF

JAMES COMBER.

Resolved by this Assembly: That, whenever the selectmen of the town of Woodbury shall have presented to the quartermaster-general such evidence as they possess concerning the military service and the death and burial of the late James Comber, a soldier who served in Company I, Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery, in the war of the rebellion, and in accordance with the form prescribed by the quartermaster-general in similar cases, so far as the same may be applicable, the quartermaster-general is hereby directed to certify to the comptroller that said evidence has been presented, and the comptroller shall thereupon draw his order on the treasurer in favor of the selectmen of said town of Woodbury for the sum of thirty-five dollars for the funeral expenses of said James Comber.

Approved, March 25, 1903.

[Substitute for House Joint Resolution No. 157.]

[48.) PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE FUNERAL EXPENSES OF

JOSEPH E. WELLS.

Resolved by this Assembly: That, whenever the selectmen of the town of Fairfield shall have presented to the quartermaster-general such evidence as they possess concerning the military service and the death and burial of the late Joseph E. Wells, a soldier who served in Company G, Tenth Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, in the civil war, and in accordance with the form prescribed by the quartermaster-general in similar cases, so far as the same may be applicable, the quartermaster-general is hereby directed to certify to the comptroller that said evidence has been presented, and the comptroller shall thereupon draw his order on the treasurer in favor of the selectmen of said town of Fairfield for the sum of thirty-five dollars for the funeral expenses of said Joseph E. Wells.

Approved, April 1, 1903.

(Substitute for House Joint Resolution No. 190.]

[49.]

PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE FUNERAL EXPENSES OF

SAMUEL A. MAIN.

Resolved by this Assembly: That, whenever Carrie E. Main, of Danbury, shall have presented to the quartermaster-general such evidence as she possesses concerning the military service and the death and burial of the late Samuel A. Main, a soldier who served in Company E, Twenty-third Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, in the civil war, and in accordance with the form prescribed by the quartermaster-general in similar cases, so far as the same may be

applicable, the quartermaster-general is hereby directed to certify to the comptroller that said evidence has been presented, and the comptroller shall thereupon draw his order on the treasurer in favor of said Carrie E. Main for the sum of thirty-five dollars for the funeral expenses of said Samuel A. Main.

Approved, April 1, 1903.

[House Joint Resolution No. 244.]

(50.) AMENDING THE RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF ANSONIA

TO ISSUE BUILDING BONDS.
Resolved by this Assembly:

SECTION 1. That section one of the resolution, approved May 14, 1901, authorizing the city of Ansonia to issue building bonds, is hereby amended by striking out the word

“sixty” in the fourth line thereof and inserting in lieu thereof the word “seventy-five,” and by striking out the figures “1901 ” in the sixth line thereof and inserting in lieu thereof the figures “1903,” so that said section when amended shall read as follows: That the city of Ansonia be and it is hereby authorized to issue bonds under the corporate name and seal of said city, to be signed by its mayor and countersigned by its clerk, to an amount not exceeding seventy-five thousand dollars in the whole and bearing a rate of interest not exceeding three and one-half per centum per annum.

Said bonds shall bear date July 1, 1903, and shall be for the amount of one thousand dollars each, and it may be stipulated therein that the principal and interest shall be payable in gold of the present standard and fineness. The principal of said bonds shall be payable twenty years from the date thereof, and both the principal and interest thereon shall be payable at such place as the board of aldermen of said city shall designate.

SEC. 2. Section two of said resolution is hereby amended by striking out the word “sisty” in the fourth line thereof and inserting in lieu thereof the word “seventy-five," so that said section when amended shall read as follows: Said bonds shall be known as and called Building Bonds of the City of Ansonia. The board of aldermen of said city shall designate the amount of such bonds that said city shall issue, not exceeding in the whole the sum of seventy-five thousand dollars, prescribe the form of said bonds, determine the place and manner of payment, and fix the rate of interest they shall bear, not exceeding three and one-half per centum per annum, payable semi-annually, and shall at least thirty days before the date of issue advertise for proposals or bids for such portion of said bonds as it shall have before that time designated to be issued at said date; said proposals to be under seal and opened in public by said board of aldermen at some time and place by it appointed. No bid shall at any time be accepted at less than par, or the face value of said bonds and the accrued interest thereon. SEC. 3.

3. Section four of said resolution is hereby amended by inserting after the word “ buildings " in the fourth line thereof the words

and furniture and fixtures therefor,” and by striking out the word “ committee” in the fourth and fifth lines thereof and inserting in lieu thereof the words “respective committees,” and by adding after the figures “ 1900” in said fifth line thereof the words “ provided not more than twenty thousand dollars of said seventy-five thousand dollars shall be applied toward the fire department for site, building, and its furnishings and fittings, and not more than fifty-five thousand dollarg shall be applied toward the city hall for site, building, and its furnishings and fittings," so that said section when amended shall read as follows: The proceeds derived from the sale of said bonds shall be paid to and received by the treasurer of said city, and shall be expended only in the purchase of a site or sites and the building of a city hall and fire department building, and furniture and fixtures therefor, under the direction of the respective committees appointed at a city meeting

held September 18, 1900; provided not more than twenty thousand dollars of said seventy-five thousand dollars shall be applied toward the fire department for site, building, and its furnishings and fittings, and not more than fifty-five thousand dollars shall be applied toward the city hall for site, building, and its furnishings and fittings.

SEO. 4. Section five of said resolution is hereby amended by striking out the figures" 1921” in the eighth line thereof and inserting in lieu thereof the figures “ 1925," so that said section when amended shall read as follows: The board of apportionment and taxation of said city, for the purpose of providing a sinking fund for the payment of said building bonds, shall, during the month of February, 1902, as a part of the regular appropriations of said city for the ensuing year, make an appropriation to the amount of two thousand dollars, to be paid to the commissioners of the sinking fund of said city, and during the month of February in each successive year, until and including the month of February, 1925, as a part of the regular appropriations for the said city for the then ensuing years, make an appropriation of a like amount of two thousand dollars, to be paid to the commissioners of the sinking fund of said city.

Approved, April 1, 1903.

[Senate Joint Resolution No. 54.]

[51.) AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE AMERICAN BRASS COMPANY.

Resolved by this Assembly: That The American Brass Company, incorporated by a resolution of the general assembly, approved June 7, 1893, shall have, possess, enjoy, and exercise, in addition to the powers now held, possessed, enjoyed, and exercised by it, all the powers enumerated in section 3355 of the general statutes, and may issue its stock and securities in exchange for and purchase of the stock and securities of other corporations wherever incorporated or located, and may conduct its business, or any part thereof, in any and all of the other states and territories of the United States of America and in any and all foreign countries.

Approved, March 31, 1903.

[Substitute for Senate Joint Resolution No. 32.]

[52.] EXTENDING THE TIME FOR COMPLETING THE BUILDING OF THE RAILROAD OF THE TORRINGTON AND WINCHESTER STREET

RAILWAY COMPANY.

Resolved by this Assembly: That the time within which The Torrington and Winchester Street Railway Company may complete the

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