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During the same period the expenses of the Department have been as follows:

1896 Establishment and expense May 1

to September 30... 1896-97 October 1 to September 30.. 1897-98 October 1 to September 30.... 1898–99 October 1 to September 30. 1899-1900 October 1 to September 30. 1900-01 October 1 to September 30. 1901–02 October 1 to September 30. 1902-03 October 1 to September 30. 1903-04 October 1 to September 30. 1904-05 October 1 to September 30. 1905–06 October 1 to September 30. 1906-07 October 1 to September 30. 1907-08 October 1 to September 30. 1908-09 October 1 to September 30. 1909-10 October 1 to September 30. 1910–11 October 1 to September 30. 1911-12 October 1 to September 30. 1912--13 October 1 to September 30. 1913-14 October 1 to September 30. 1914-15 October 1 to September 30. 1915-16 October 1 to September 30. 1916-17 October 1 to September 30...

$84,315 72 263,655 32 264,317 94 274,862 10 280,995 06 284,779 36 309,713 31 296,877 67 313,593 93 327,935 66 335,455 84 332,575 23 359,115 88 377,725 91 399,167 74 382,682 28 402,348 52 421,345 79 422,979 04 360,770 43 325,214 71 319,652 58

Total ...

$7,140,080 02

EXCISE RECEIPTS

For the certificate year beginning October 1, 1916, and ending

September 30, 1917 Receipts from certificates issued....

$20,139,987 89 Receipts from all night permits..

61,183 75 Receipts from fines

44,765 25 Receipts from penalities, etc...

451,034 74

Receipts from transfer fees..
Receipts from interest...
Receipts from search and seizure sales.

26,057 50 19,527 97 4,951 46

Total receipts from all sources. . County treasurers' fees deducted.

$20,747,508 56

43,032 25

Net balance distributed to State and localities. $20,704,476 31

Of this amount there was paid

into the State treasury.... $12,457,818 93 Distributed to cities and towns 8,246,657 38

$20,704,476 31

Rebates

State's share of rebates.
Localities' share of rebates.

$58,183 85 57,637 00

$115,820 85

Summary

$20,747,508 56

Total receipts from all sources, as above
County Treasurers fees de
ducted

$43,032 25 Total rebates...

115,820 85 Total expenses of Excise De partment

319,652 58

478,505 68

Net revenue over and above county treasurers' fees deducted, rebates and

and expenses of maintaining department

$20,269,002 88

COST OF COLLECTING REVENUE

$43,032 25

County treasurers' fees...
Salaries, expenses, etc., of special deputy com-..

missioners of excise..

95,511 22

Total expenses of collection...

$138,543 47

Ratio of expense of collection to gross 'amount collected 6/10 of one per cent.

Prior to May 1, 1896, the control of the liquor traffic in the State rested entirely with local license boards, under the statute of 1892, and nearly five thousand officials were employed. (Two hundred and fifteen are employed under the Liquor Tax Law.) The total sum collected throughout the State during the last year under the old system was $4,172,376.58, and the cost of collection was $252,782.77, or more than 8 per cent upon the sum so collected.

Certificate Statement

For the year beginning October 1, 1916, and ending September

30, 1917

Number of certificates issued from October 1, 1916, to

September 30, 1917, inclusive..
Number of certificates surrendered and revoked from

October 1, 1916, to September 30, 1917.

25,765

689

Number of certificates in force September 30, 1917...

25,076

Number and class of certificates issued from October 1, 1916 to

September 30, 1917, inclusive Subdivision 1 (section 8) hotels and saloons

21,387 Subdivision 2 (section 8) storekeepers

2,039 Subdivision 3 (section 8) pharmacists.

2,172 Subdivision 4 (section 8) common carriers

118 Subdivision 5 (section 8) bottlers' vehicles

17 Subdivision 6 (section 8) alcohol

29 Subdivision 7 (section 8) fruit growers

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Total all classes

25,765 Number and class of certificates surrendered and revoked from

October 1, 1916, to September 30, 1917, inclusive Subdivision 1 (section 8) hotels and saloons.

597 Subdivision 2 (section 8) storekeepers

87 Subdivision 4 (section 8) common carriers

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Total all classes

689

Number and class of certificates in force September 30, 1917 Subdivision 1 (section 8) hotels and saloons

20,790 Subdivision 2 (section 8) storekeepers

1,952 Subdivision 3 (section 8) pharmacists

2,171 Subdivision 4 (section 8) common carriers.

113 Subdivision 5 (section 8) bottlers' vehicles

17 Subdivision 6 (section: 8) alcohol

30 Subdivision 7 (section 8) fruit growers

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The following summary statement of local option statistics covering all of the towns in the State from 1897 (in which year the first vote under the present law was h:d) to 1917, inclusive, is of interest. While it shows a flucination of the vote in close towns, the decrease of forty-nine in the number of full license towns, the increases of two hundred and sixty-seven in the number of no-license towns, and the decrease of two hundred and seventeen in the number of partial license towns, and the decrease of nine towns in the State during that period, indicate the drift of public sentiment:

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