Milford Selectmen Urge Public to Attend Water Rate Hearing

Milford officials say few people showing up at the public hearing Wednesday on a water rate increase would send a message of indifference to the state's Department of Public Utilities.

Town officials are encouraging residents to attend the to share their opinions on the proposed increase.

The state Department of Public Utilities will hold the public hearing at Milford Town Hall, in the upper floor, to accommodate a large crowd. The meeting is from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

"If nobody shows up, that sends them a certain message," said Town Counsel Gerry Moody last week.

Moody prepared a series of slides, broadcast on Milford TV, which shows the impact of the proposed 83 percent rate increase on customers, including the town of Milford. The information included the following points:

  • The last rate increase for the Milford Water Co. was less than two years ago, a 33 percent increase.
  • The total water cost to town government, which ultimately is paid for by taxpayers, would increase by $499,335.
  • That amount would nearly wipe out the tax gains from new growth, which was $625,228 this year.
  • The average "low use" family of three, two parents and a teenager, would pay $265.26 more a year, to $486.45.
  • The "normal use" family of five, two parents and three children, would have a bill that increased from $978.40 a year to $1,744.38.

Editor's Note: for previous stories of the water rate request, please see the topic page.

The Water Company filed the rate request proposal with the state DPU in October, seeking to generate revenue to cover the construction of the new water treatment plant. The facility is under construction at the Water Company site on Dilla Street.

The new plant is expected to be operational this spring.

The size of the rate increase took town officials by surprise, Instead, the filing application seeks 83 percent, across the board, for all of its customers.

Because the town of Milford is a large customer, the increase in water rates would be passed on to taxpayers, who already would be paying increased water bills as customers of the private utility, Moody said.

In reviewing company documents, Moody said he learned the water utility is seeking an 11.5 percent rate of return in its increase. "It will be a big issue in this case," he said. 

Milford Senior Man December 12, 2012 at 09:47 PM
One of my grand-kids is in that concert and I am going to it. I had wanted to go to the water rate hearing to vent my frustration and anger towards the water company.
Legeis December 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Split up. The townspeople must oppose this unacceptable rate increase now. If you really must see the kids concert I certainly understand, but the reality it you must attend this meeting instead.
MilfordMomof3 December 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Even the names of the officials to contact about this would be great.
Lisa Vasile December 13, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I went to the meeting. Many brave speakers with 100's of valid comments about the lack of responsibility and lack of empathy the Water Co. has had over the years in keeping their customers safe & heard or their equipment, facility, our pipes and our health as priorities.... however there was no mention of the fact that the owners (and most employees) don't LIVE in Milford. Our family invested in a house filtration system to protect our family from cancer causing TTHM's and it is utterly ridiculous that we are trapped into paying near double for water and domino of HUGE tax increases due to town funded water use!! ABSOLUTELY a "Monopoly" ~ Noun:The exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade in a commodity or service.
Mary MacDonald December 13, 2012 at 05:00 AM
The address for written comments: Mark Marini, Department of Public Utilities Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, 1 South Station, Boston, MA 02110, Docket No. 1286.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »