Mayor Spicer Seeks To Increase Water/Sewer Rates For 2nd Time in A Year

FRAMINGHAM – On October 1, 2018, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer increased water and sewer rates by 2 percent.

On Tuesday, July 9, the Mayor will hold a public hearing to increase the rates for a second time within a year.

The Mayor’s office announced the public hearing just after 3:30 p.m. on July 2. There was no proposed rates and no explanation on why the increase, just the announcement of a rate increase hearing on July 9.

SOURCE requested the tiered proposed rates on Tuesday, July 2, and was told the final document was not available.

On Wednesday, July 3, SOURCE again asked for the proposed rates.

While the Mayor’s office does not have the water & sewer rate table available for the public, the City’s Public Information Officer told SOURCE ” “I just spoke with the CFO. She told me that the increase is about two and a half percent.”

So in less than a year, Mayor Spicer increased the water and sewer rates by 2 percent in October and is proposing a 2.5 percent increase this summer.

The City’s water and sewer rates fall solely with the Mayor. The 11-member City Council does not have a say in setting the rates, under the City form of government.

The rates are calculated based on an assessment from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority and how much debt service the City of Framingham has from water and sewer projects.

Residents are encouraged to attend the public hearing on Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. in the Ablondi room of the Memorial Building.

The average homeowner pays about $1,200 per year for water & sewer.

CURRENT Water & Sewer rates as of October 1, 2018

In September 2018, Mayor Yvonne Spicer proposed and eventually approved a 2 percent water and sewer rate increase for October 1

On September 7, the Mayor’s office announced a hearing would be held on Sept, 12, 2018. No information on the rates were announced when the hearing was announced.

SOURCE requested the information on the rates and on September 11 City’s CFO provided the news media outlet with information on the 2% increase.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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