Monday, July 8, 2019

Another increase in water and sewer rates

The CFO is quoted as saying it will be another 2% on top of the 2 % approved by the Mayor earlier this year.

 Notice of Public Hearing - Framingham Water and Sewer Rates

The City of Framingham will be holding a public hearing on Framingham Water and Sewer rates Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Ablondi Room of Memorial Building located at 150 Concord Street Framingham, MA.

Office of the Mayor


At July 9, 2019 at 2:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

She seems to think she can run up the bills and we will bail her out. How about she learns to live within her means like the rest of us have to do

At July 9, 2019 at 2:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see you back Jim. And nice to see you bringing up a Framingham specific issue. Hope people are planning to attend this meeting tonight to let the mayor know what you think. We turned around the BOH moving to the Callahan. Let’s turn down this rate increase.

At July 9, 2019 at 3:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else noticing how many houses are for sale in Framingham? Anyone else wondering why? Many are being priced right out of the city. So much for diversity and inclusion. We are becoming a city no one but the upper class can afford to live in.

At July 9, 2019 at 3:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anybody tell me how much the average tax bill in Framingham is actually going up? There is the 2% increase in sewer and water that has already taken effect, then the Fuller School debt exclusion payment, then the usual increase of 2.5% in property taxes, and now another 2.5 % increase in sewer and water. My water bill is already over $1400 a year, now you are going up more?

At July 9, 2019 at 3:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the district councilors have any say in this? If not, who does?

At July 9, 2019 at 3:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the mayor has clearly decided to control the type of people we have by forcing many out with increases in taxes and fees, seems we don’t need a diversity officer as we are not looking to be diverse, we only want the rich people, so take that high salary and put it towards the sewer and water bills and save us some money.

At July 9, 2019 at 4:29 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

from to Mayor's office at 4PM.. the City Newsletter

it's about her trip to Hawii, water and sewer rates, etc, etc.

the council has no say in the approval of water and sewer rates.

At July 9, 2019 at 4:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the reason for the city proposing yet another increase in these rates and when is the last time we had an increase before we became a city and how did she mess up so much she thought that her initial 2% increase was enough or was she always planning to have a second increase so she is either a sneak if she has been planning for this second increase all along or a very poor budget manager if this need for a second increase came as a surprise to her

At July 9, 2019 at 4:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

she must have seen some property she liked in Hawaii and now needs to figure out how to pay for that and make it part of Framingham so she can hang out there an still say she is in Framingham earning her ridiculous salary

At July 9, 2019 at 5:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should be a very interesting meeting tonight. Will it be broadcast live?

At July 9, 2019 at 5:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

More bullshit. When are we hoisting take a stand

At July 10, 2019 at 8:58 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

The rates were already set when the budget was approved by the finance sub committee weeks ago. This "public hearing" is just lip service to fulfill a Charter requirement. No matter who or how many spoke against the rate increase, it was going to happen.
I'm not questioning the fact that our infrastructure needs work each and every year or the costs, I just was hoping the amount of the increase may have been slowed by revenue from the host agreements the mayor signed with the 6 retail pot shops. And with the 1000 apartments going on line this year, our water consumption will be increasing, which may reduce our MWRA rates. As seen last night, much of the increase is based on old bonding we were forced to do to pay for the state and federal mandates. Some of those bonds are up in a few years from now.

At July 10, 2019 at 8:59 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

this is the url for last night's meeting.

At July 10, 2019 at 10:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information Jim. Seems that the coverage in Source was not exactly accurate so glad to have a source for the actual facts in this case.

At July 11, 2019 at 1:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple answer to getting rid of the MWRA price gouging, open up the wells.

At July 11, 2019 at 2:34 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

The well question came up... but nothing from the Mayor on where that stands. We've already spent millions I seem to remember on finding out if the wells were viable. The MWRA was not pleased as I recall.
The debt service is really driving the increases for now. The City has done what is mandated by the State and Feds and we should not have huge water and sewer projects to borrow for, just maintenance.

At July 11, 2019 at 3:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it the MWRA that isn't pleased or is it the other MWRA towns that would see major rate hikes because Framingham was no longer contributing as much to the system?

At July 11, 2019 at 4:54 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

maybe both. The Birch wells could never replace the MWRA, but could reduce the amount of our consumption which may cause our and everyone else's to increase.
Similar to solar, the more we use solar panels, the more the electric companies are going to charge to maintain the infrastructure. The rate payers (residents)can't save a few bucks with consuming less water and electricity, just backwards from what it should be. Use less and you should pay less.

At July 11, 2019 at 9:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does every town pay the say MWRA rate?

At July 11, 2019 at 9:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

same not say.

At July 12, 2019 at 1:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good question about if every town/city pays the same rates. I would assume the answer would have to be yes or how would they justify it? But would be interested in knowing the answer to that question for sure.

At July 12, 2019 at 3:51 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

So Framingham is in the middle

Community Water Sewer Combined

Belmont $660.26 $1,197.80 $1,858.05
Nahant $885.97 $895.97 $1,781.94
Milton $638.38 $1,049.02 $1,687.39
Ashland $280.29 $936.94 $1,217.23
Wellesley $371.57 $844.26 $1,215.83
Hingham $507.02 $646.46 $1,153.47
Newton $434.33 $697.67 $1,132.01
Needham $316.43 $784.94 $1,101.37
Dedham $331.13 $748.99 $1,080.11
Brookline $418.58 $616.09 $1,034.67
Chelsea $371.84 $643.52 $1,015.36
Melrose $388.54 $602.92$ 991.46
Average $346.85 $533.90 $880.04
Framingham $382.25 $487.78 $870.03
Watertown $282.33 $529.29 $811.62
Medford $312.23 $465.37 $777.60
Lynn $257.81 $473.47 $731.28
Natick $171.41 $531.71 $703.13
Cambridge $138.26 $502.68 $640.94
Malden $286.61 $351.35 $637.96
Boston $232.53 $328.35 $560.8


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