Dartmouth Board of Works
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The Dartmouth Board of Works is not just a department of the city government, but a semi-independent branch of the government in its own right, largely setting its goals and activities as it pleases. Thanks to a series of historic decisions and compromises, it is responsible for all the physical infrastructure of the City of Dartmouth, including its streets, sewers, and nexus towers (the Dartmouth Bus & Tram Company, which operates all public transportation in the city, is wholly owned by the Board of Works). In theory, its powers are broad, though in practice the Board of Works is kept in check by the courts, the Council of Mayors, and the office of the Lord Mayor.

The Board can determine the layout for newly-built streets and sewers, as well as alterations to existing streets (which are done to both improve the flow of traffic as far as that is possible, and to increase the flow of magical energies to the nexus towers). However, if this infringes on the property of someone else, the Board of Works is required by its charter to provide "adequate compensation". Invariably, the compensation offered by the Board of Works is below the real value of the estate, and equally invariably the owners of the land sue the Board for higher compensation - often absurdly high in the hope of stopping the project entirely, though usually this is more often the start of a lengthy series of negotiations between the Board and the land owners. In this way, important infrastructure projects will be dragged out for years before the first hole is dug, although in poorer areas legbreakers hired surreptitiously by the Board will usually facilitate a speedy ending to the negotiations. In contrast, negotiations for projects in wealthy areas such as Hensington, Duriam and The District can get very intense, since usually some locals will be for the project and others against it. Many feuds between the First Families were started, or at least maintained, over such issues.

The Board of Works generates income for its operations from two sources: Sale of azoth from the city's nexus towers, and an "estate tax" it levies against all property owners within the city, based on the estimated property value of the land in question (modified by size, area of the land, and numerous other factors). As usual, the poorer property owners have little choice but to pay, while the wealthiest families contest the estimates and often manage to stave off paying the tax indefinitely. Commentators often joke that the Board of Works is the main reason that Dartmouth is able to sustain a bigger population of lawyers than any other of the Flannish Cities

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