POLITICAL NOTE: City Debts

One result of the high surtaxes on incomes has been the demand for tax-exempt municipal bonds. That politicians have ably satisfied this want is shown by the constantly growing debt of our cities.

The eleven American cities of over 500,000 population owe the following sums: New York, $1,330,732,039; Chicago, $122,435,900; Philadelphia, $263,796,000; Detroit, $140,163,430; Cleveland, $136,480,932; Boston, $124,891,151; Baltimore, $119,991,060; Pittsburgh, $59,993,400; Los Angeles, $110,347,229; Buffalo, $56,850,581; San Francisco, $68,538,600.

The proportion borne by these city debts to the population shown by the per capita debt figures, gives an idea of the comparative expensiveness of different city administrations. New York leads...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!