Legislators concerned about water rate hike proposal

Published on Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:28
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State Reps. Gary Turco, Kerry Wood and Rick Lopes and state Sen. Matt Lesser are voicing opposition to rate increases included in the Metropolitan District Commission’s (MDC) latest budget proposal

“I am deeply concerned about this rate increase for the residents of Newington and across our region,” said Turco. “While I understand we must work quickly to finance these clean water and waste management upgrades, many of which have been mandated by DEEP and are a public health and environmental necessity, I strongly encourage the MDC to look for alternative funding to reduce what would be a burden on the hard-working, middle class homeowners of our town.”

“I am very much concerned about what these increases will mean for cash strapped area families, particularly those on fixed incomes,” said Lesser. “While we need to continue to invest in our water infrastructure, I am focused on the best interest of ratepayers. I do not have the ability to vote on this proposal, but I urge the MDC board, which includes appointed members from each of the area towns, to proceed with caution.”

“The public voted for the Connecticut River to be a priority and knows there is a cost to cleaning up the existing sewage overflows,” said Wood. “However, the increases have been far overreaching and do not adhere to the original communications about the Clean Water Act and its implications on our water bills.

“I ask the MDC to be fair just as the public has been fair in supporting its operations.”

According to published reports, the residents of Newington and MDC member towns would see an average rate hike of $5.25 a month for water and sewer services under the plan.

The MDC’s Board will meet at 555 Main Street in Hartford to hold a formal, public vote on their budget proposal on Monday Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m.

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:28. Updated: Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:31.