Question: How much are water and wastewater rates forecasted to increase in the city of Gardner’s 2011 budget?
Answer: City council members approved a budget that includes a forecasted 5 percent increase in water rates and an 8 percent increase in wastewater rates. For the average homeowner, that’s an increase of approximately $83 annually or $6.90 per month. The budget also included a 6.5 mill increase – an approximate $120 yearly increase in property taxes for the owner of an average valued home. Council members will consider formally adopting rate increases at a later meeting.