BOSTON (CBS) – Will Massachusetts residents see an increase in their water bills?

A proposal has been floated that would allow the state to charge $0.01 for every 10 gallons of water a person or business uses.

The surcharge would spell an average increase of about $50 a year for every customer.

It would bring in around $230 million a year, money that could be used to fix a crumbling infrastructure.

“We are talking $10 billion in water infrastructure,” said State Senator James Eldridge, who is on a committee exploring ways to raise money to close the funding gap for necessary repairs and maintenance.

“We are approaching a crisis.”

The money would also go toward helping communities pay for water infrastructure projects.

Comments (5)
  1. Frank Davis says:

    Once again they’re trying to take more money from us at a time when no one really has the money to take! “We can’t tax this so we’ll tax that.” Vote new blood in and send a message – We are the owners of this commonwealth and country. You represent US not corporations or PACs, Stop taking from the poor and giving to the super-rich that are taking from us also.

  2. Celia says:

    I think that they should leave it to the towns/cities to increase their own water bills to cover improvements/maintenance. This is the way it is now and it seems to be working. Some how I doubt that the all money raised at the state level would actually be used to improve the water infrastructure systems. I can just envision the state law makers designating some of the water surcharge funds as surplus then using them to cover other expenses when all the other state taxes don’t cover the budget.

  3. mark says:

    We have to pay for all those illegal immigrants’ free education,free housing,free food stamps,free cell phones,free interpreters,free medical care,free cabs back from the hospital when they go via ambulance for anything,etc,ad nauseum,so on,as is,as was,….our country is going down the sewer thanks to socialists in Democrats clothing.They even tax you to take a dump.Sales tax on toilet paper!!

  4. IronManCC says:

    Sounds like they want to tax us, so they can just around and give the money to other communities who may be more in need. And God only knows what new agency they’ll decide to create to manage it all. :-(

  5. REDNECKJOE says:

    Now i know where the Beatles thought up the song I’M THE TAX MAN
    when they visited MASS. LISTEN TO THE SONG SOMETIME!!

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