Update: Mill Rate, Sidewalks, PFAS

Phase 1 sidewalks. Weston today

May 10, 2022 | by Ted Craft

Over the past few days, the Finance Board set the mill rate for the 2022-23 fiscal year, the city administrator reported progress on the sidewalk plan, and senior coach Nestor updated the city on progress. made to address PFAS found in city- tapped water supply.

The thousandth rate

On Monday evening, two days after voters overwhelmingly approved the Council’s recommended budgets, a mill rate of 32.97 was set.

The new rate is a two-cent increase, which means taxes on a home assessed at the city median will increase by about $2.54 per year.

The per-mile rate was originally expected to increase by just a penny, but a flaw in the formula the state plans to use to calculate reimbursements to cities for lost motor vehicle tax revenue explains the difference.

The new state budget caps the motor vehicle mileage rate at 32.46, slightly below the real estate rate in Weston, so motor vehicle owners will actually recoup some of the tax slightly. increased on real estate.

Sidewalks

On Thursday evening, City Administrator Jonathan Luiz told the Selectmen that a request for proposals had been issued to contractors for Phase 1 of the downtown sidewalk construction plan.

This is the part of the project, pictured above, where sidewalks will be constructed from St. Francis to Route 57, then up Norfield Road to the City Hall complex, to the route 57 to School Road, and thence after Hurlbutt Elementary to the middle. School.

In our sidewalk “big picture” article over a year ago, we reported that the ground could be broken this summer, and it looks like it will be, now that the process involved in making approve everything by the Ministry of Transport is complete.

SPFA

As soon as the chemicals forever called PFAS were found in the City-operated drinking water system (below levels classified as hazardous), the Department of Public Health was notified and an engineer was hired to design a solution.

This job apparently went well. On Thursday night, first breeder Samantha Nestor said tests show the designed filtration system reduces PFAS almost to the point of being undetectable. Ms Nestor said the health department was still reviewing the designs and further testing would be carried out.

Related stories:

May 7, 2022: Budgets approved by referendum

April 4, 2022: Proposed budgets with minimal impact on rate per thousand

February 26, 2021: Sidewalks: the overview

March 30, 2022: public information session on PFAS

March 16, 2022: Discovery of “Forever Chemicals” in town, school district water