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The rate payer customers of the municipal Water District fund the annual operation and multi-year infrastructure projects through a combination of their water bill based upon water consumption / usage and their property tax bill bases upon the value of their property. The Board of Water Commissioners set and periodically revise the rates and fees charged for water and services. The District is able to reduce the annual cost to the rate payers by approximately 10% with the lease revenue received from the three cellular telecommunication vendors applied to the annual operating costs.

The Board of Water Commissioners is working on revisions to the schedule of water rates and fees collected by the District during their regular second and fourth Monday 6:30 PM Board Meetings throughout each month of the summer. The last water rate increase was in 2005 and those rates were over thirty years old at that time. Customers using excessive amounts of water outdoors for irrigation, pools, car washing, etc. are advised that they will notice a significant increase in their next water bill.


Real and Personal Property Tax

 

The Water District is an autonomous municipal entity that collects quarterly real and personal property taxes to partially fund the operating cost and infrastructure projects. All Lynnfield residential and commercial property owners located within the bounds of the Lynnfield Center Water District are assessed a Water District Tax based upon the value of their property whether or not they are actually connected to and obtain water from the distribution system. The District contracts the Town of Lynnfield, the Lynnfield Board of Assessors, and the Lynnfield Tax Collector to assess and collect the Water District Tax which is listed as a separate line item on the property tax bill received from the Town of Lynnfield. The tax rate is set by the Assessors based upon the total valuation of the property within the District and the appropriations approved by the voters of the District at the Annual Meeting.


Water Bill / Rates

 

Water bills are issued semi-annually based upon the current rates. The back of the water bill (click here) provides terms and condition information. Refer to the WATER RATES page for details.


Fees

 

Fees are charged for various services provided to customers by the District and are subject to change, as of July 1, 2015 fees are as follows;

• Turn off or turn on water service to property at gate valve - $50.00 each

• Final meter reading and water bill for change in ownership $50.00 (see “Moving” page)

• Replace water meter if damaged by property owner or due to negligence – actual cost of replacement meter


 
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