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Colorado River problem
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368 ALLISON ON THE COLORADO RIVER PROBLEM TABLE 24.—(Continued.) Mexico's proportion of total profits based on the amount of money she paid in to secure said profits, is 35.74% of $1,523,313.23.............................. Mexico's proportion of all interest as per above................................ Mexico's over-payment of all operating costs and interest for four years...... In the same manner, Mexico's proportion of total profits for 1922 is 37.32% of $453,254.24.................................................................. Mexico's proportion of all interest charges for 1922 is...................... Mexico's over-payment of all operating costs and interest for 1922 is........ $544,432.15 490,343.46 $ 54,088.69 $169,154.49 $108,471.35 $ 60,683.14 la Baja California, S. A."; the original costs and maintenance of all the canals and structures north of the International Boundary Line, with the exception of the Hanlon Heading and Laguna Dam structures, should not be charged against Mexico. If this were done, the overcharge which Mexico has paid on operating expenses, principal, and interest on bonds, etc., would be more than double that shown by Table 24. The investigation summarized in Table 24 indicates the following facts: 1.—During the four years considered, Mexican lands paid in cash not only their acreage proportion of the operating costs of all work and expense incurred by the District, but also $54,088.69 in excess of their acreage proportion of all interest on bonds, warrants, taxes, and every other expense incidental to the capital investment of the District on both sides of the line. 2.—Again, for the year 1922, Mexico has paid in cash all its share of the operating costs on both sides of the line, together with its share of all the interest items for capital investment of the District on both sides of the line, and has paid in excess, $60,683.14. There should be added to the latter item, the sum of $68,020.06, paid in cash by the Colorado River Land Company, S. A., in 1922, on the levee work of the District in Mexico, making an over-payment by Mexico of more than $128,703.20. To the total of both these items should be added a differential arrived at, as follows: The Irrigation District virtually delivered water to the individual user on the American side of the Line, inasmuch as it allowed an average of 10% for seepage and evaporation losses in the Canal System, besides maintaining most of the main canals. In Mexico, the water charge is made directly at the main canal of the District, with no allowance for seepage and evaporation and for canal maintenance. Another item to the advantage of the American side, is the fact that none of the Water Companies paid the District in advance for the water; in fact, most of the Water Companies have been in arrears several months at a time, whereas the Mexican users pay in advance, before water is put into the Mexican Canals. Therefore, to equalize the differential in water charges alone, there should be added to the water payment of Mexico in four years the sum of $167,015.36, making Mexico's total over-payment for the four years, $221,104.05. In the same manner, the over-payment made by Mexico for 1922 should be $128,703.20 plus $46,974.06, or $175,677.26. It will be noted that the expense per acre for water used in Mexico greatly exceeds that for the United States; for instance, the total cash

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