Flat Fee For Woburn Water Likely to Continue
Two aldermen have drafted an ordinance that would keep Woburn as a flat rate fee structure rather than a "by use" fee structure for water.
Woburn residents will likely continue to pay a flat fee for water after the new meters have been installed.
As reported on the Woburn Daily Times Chronicle, Ward 2 Alderman Richard Gately and Ward 4 Alderman Michael Anderson have been working on an ordinance to establish a flat fee for water usage, rather than switching the city over to a "by use" fee structure.
Currently, Woburn residents pay a flat fee of $533, the Daily Times Chronicle reported. Most other cities and towns in the state have residents pay for water used.
As reported on Woburn Patch, the city is obligated to install residential water meters because former mayor Tom McLaughlin signed a Administrative Consent Order (ACO) with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2008. McLaughlin said in a letter that he signed the agreement after the city's attorneys convinced him that the city had no other option than to cooperate and resolve outstanding issues with the DEP.
McLaughlin added that the DEP maintains records that show that Woburn’s water usage far exceeds the usage of comparable communities that already have residential water meters.
In June of last year, after much debate, the City Council authorized a $6 million bond to pay for the new meters.
According to the Daily Times Chronicle some City Council members are worried the new metered water program could lead to charges based on usage. It also reported that Mayor Scott Galvin is currently working with consultants to figure out the best way to implement the water meter infrastructure.
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