I-Team: MWRA Raises Salaries Along With Water And Sewer Rates

August 13, 2012 12:00 AM
I-Team: MWRA Raises Salaries Along With Water And Sewer Rates

" BOSTON (CBS) – Water and sewer rates are on the rise again for Greater Boston homeowners, but that’s not the only thing going up.

The I-Team has discovered the state authority which hiked those rates is also hiking the pay of everyone of its employees.

“It’s gold,” says Milton homeowner Paul Yovino, describing the water coming out of the tap in his kitchen sink. And like gold, the price of water is going up, yet again.

“They’re saying that the average homeowner in Milton will have a $150 increase in their water bill,” Yovino says.

And not just in Milton . The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority recently announced a three percent water and sewer rate hike for all its consumers in Boston and 59 surrounding communities.

But that isn’t the only thing that has Yovino steamed.

“The MWRA has given its employees a more than $3.8 million wage and salary increase,” he says. “I do not know how they can explain that.”

The explanation is right in the MWRA’s new budget. Higher water and sewer rates will pay for raises for every MWRA employee — including 190 managers now making more than $100,000 a year "

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