Framingham Mayor Proposes 2% Water Rate Hike

FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne Spicer is proposed a 2 percent water rate hike for users, according to Framingham Chief Financial Officer Mary Ellen Kelley.

The Mayor’s office will hold a public hearing on the proposed rates Wednesday night, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Blumer room in the Memorial Building.

“The purpose of this hearing is to compile comment and testimony from Framingham rate payers relevant to the setting of the water rates. Anyone interested in providing comments or testimony is welcome to attend,” the City posted on its website.

No press release was ever issued on the hearing.

The City will accept written testimony will be accepted up until noon on September 13.

The City of Framingham uses a tiered system for water & sewer rates.

The current rates, effective July 1 2017, are:

1 Unit = 748 gallons = 100 Cubic Feet

Tier
Water / Unit
Sewer / Unit
Tier 1 (1 – 12 units per quarter) $6.01 $7.80
Tier 2 (13 – 27 units per quarter) $6.68 $8.05
Tier 3 (28 – 51 units per quarter) $7.77 $10.80
Tier 4 (52 – 750 units per quarter) $9.16 $15.45
Tier 5 (over 750 units per quarter) $11.10 $22.44
Irrigation (lawn) use $11.24 N/A

The new rates have not been published or sent to Source.

Kelley said the proposed 2 percent water rate hike will mean an increase of about $18 for the average family, bringing the total annual water bill to just over $800.

The CFO provided SOURCE with the following chart.

Under a Town form of  government, the 5-member Board of Selectmen set the water and sewer rates for users.

State Law provided for the chief executive in a city (the Mayor) to set the water rates, and the City Council to set the sewer rates, now

The City Council will need to hold its own public hearing before setting the sewer rates.

Kelley said she anticipated a proposed 2 percent increase sewer, as well.

Cities have the option of passing an ordinance to have the Mayor set both water and sewer rates, if the Council approves. Or the City of Framingham could establish a water & sewer commission, like the City of Boston has, to oversee rates.

The new rates go in effect at the state of the fiscal year, which began on July 1, 2018. State law requires a public hearing be held before rates can be set.

 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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