To maintain and improve the City’s wastewater and drainage collection system by increasing capacity and reducing back-ups. This mission is accomplished through inspection, routine maintenance, system repairs and emergency repairs. All work is performed is a fiscally responsible manner using state of the art equipment.
Changes from FY20
***PRELIMINARY ENTERPRISE BUDGET BASED ON RECOMMENDED FY21 RATE****
Changes in the Personal Services accounts from fiscal 2020 include the addition of a Stormwater Program Manager as well as wage increases for union positions due to previous collective bargaining agreements with SMEA Units A and B. In addition, the proposed budget includes six months of vacancy for the Tuesday-Saturday Sewer cleaning and repair crew.
There is a 2.31% overall increase ($24,980) in Ordinary Maintenance accounts, which includes a 30% ($70,000) reduction to the Professional & Technical line and an increase to the Printing & Stationary line of $57,480. The Printing & Stationary line was increased in order to better allocate billing costs between the Water and Sewer Enterprise Funds.
The Capital Outlay accounts were reduced by $1,000,000 (18.08%) due to expenditures for Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey’s (SSES) shifting away from pay-as-you-go towards borrowing.
Account changes in the Special Items section are due to a decrease in the City's Sewer Assessment (a 6% change from the estimated assessment in FY20) and an increase in indirect costs (or overhead) paid to the City's General Fund ($77,279). The Sewer assessment pays for the processing of the City's wastewater and is determined by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Debt service increased by $111,748, or 11.11%