Plymouth: Sewer Main Costs Causes Municipal Bill Increases

For two years, Plymouth has replaced its replacement sewer main at a cost of $47.2 million, while taking the companies that built the original replacement main to court for reimbursement. The work is complete but the court cases drag on. The town has to begin paying for the new work. It’s paid for the new work with zero interest loans. But, just like those zero-interest credit card introductory rates, it must now pay the market rate. Town management plans to break those loans into four parts, paying them off with whatever funds it can find. The suits continue in the courts.

Here’s Plymouth finance director Lynn Barrett.

“Any reimbursement from the law suit will just reduce the amount we need to borrow from Clean Water Trust,” said Barrett.

Unless and until that hope becomes reality, Plymouth rate-payers and taxpayers can expect to see increased municipal bills.


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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.