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Watertown's Water/Sewer Rates Going Up 5%

The town's water and sewer rate hike is the first in two years.

Watertown's water/sewer rates will go up 5 percent, the first rate hike in two years.

The increase in the rate will pay for the budget increase of about $392,000 for the Water and Sewer enterprise funds, said Town Auditor Tom Tracy. The increase takes effect in Fiscal 2013, which begins July 1.

The 5 percent increase means:

  • A family using 200 gallons a day will pay 15 cents more each day or $54.75 a year.
  • A household using 325 gallons a day will pay 26 cents more a day ($94.90 a year)
  • Someone using 410 gallons a day will pay an extra 34 cents ($124.10 a year)

The cost of the Watertown Enterprise Fund is $5.9 million and the Sewer Enterprise Fund is $8.8 million, for a total of $14.7 million in fiscal 2013.

Town Council Vice President Steve Corbett pointed out that water and sewer rates did not increase last year.

"So it's 5 percent over two years," Corbett said. "We don't enjoy increasing the rate but we need money to cover the town's cost for Water and Sewer enterprise funds."

Sonny Beaches June 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
What exactly are these "Funds" used for?
Randy Plante June 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I love the comment ,"we didn't raise the rates last year" so lets double up.... not lets find a way to cut costs and stop spending....

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