"This is a very unfortunate, but not unknown increase," said Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting. "It shouldn't be a surprise to anybody."
The Charles River Pollution Control District has already begun a $19 million project expected to cap the residuals landfill, upgrade security, and upgrade the phosphorus removal and disinfection system, add a scum handling system and replace clarifier mechanisms, among a few other improvements. The town shares the cost with Bellingham, Millis, and Medway, but Franklin's sewer assessment will go up $700,000, said Nutting.
Then, last year, the council authorized a $7.5 million bond to improve the water system.
The increases should cost the average customer $40 more in sewer bills the first year and $50 more for water the first year.
Town Council did not take action on the proposal, but is expected to vote on it at its next meeting.
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While Jeff Nutting is quoted as saying "this should not be a surprise". In 2009, he also said
"We do have time to plan for it per Jeff as this would only kick in for 2015 and beyond."Apparently the increase is coming in sooner than 2015.