Framingham Proposing 5% Water and 9% Sewer Rate Increase

If the rates are approved, the average family would see an increase of less than $100 for water and sewer.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
Water and sewer rates for Framingham are being proposed at 5 percent for water and 9 percent for sewer, or a combined 7 percent, said Framingham CFO Mary Ellen Kelly to Selectmen Tuesday night.

The rates are less than what residents could have seen. With out the town moving money from retained earnings from the water and sewer accounts, rates could be set at a 10 percent increase in water and 13 percent increase in sewer, explained Kelly.

Framingham Selectmen told the chief financial officer they would like to see the average family not to pay more than an additional $100 in water & sewer rates, after being "zapped" with heavy rate increases in recent years.

The CFO is recommending $730,000 from the sewer retained earnings fund and $988,000 from the water retained earnings fund  be transferred to offset the rates and to get to a increase of less than $100 for the average family.

If selectmen vote later in June or in July to set the rates at these recommendations, the average senior would see a yearly increase of $13.92 the average family would pay $99.48 more for water & sewer.
Paulo Simes June 11, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Also why is there zero information has to why these increases/costs are going up? Why exactly is the water more expensive now than last year and why does it cost 9% to flush my turds exactly?
Roland Kittredge June 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM
I am confused, is the increase for a QUARTER OR YEAR?
mostmoderateD June 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM
A lot of people will be joining Planet Fitness just for the sake of getting unlimited free showers for ten bucks a month...
Daniel June 11, 2014 at 04:53 PM
All of the business located in Framingham and the residents are required to absorb these costs. Doesn't make sense to me, especially since, as other's have mentioned, rates went up recently.
JoJo June 11, 2014 at 05:13 PM
How out these people just cut back on the town spending and forget about employee raises! ENOUGH ALREADY This is why people are moving out!!!!


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