May 23, 2024

The Needham Channel

Your Town…Your Neighbors…Your Television!

Is Your Money Going ‘Down the Drain’?

Last October, the water and sewer costs for residents and businesses went up, and it got us to thinking:
Why does this happen?

Certainly, things get more expensive as time goes on, but we wanted to figure out what the process was for establishing when rates are raised, and where the money goes. It seems like a simple enough question, but it was enough to launch us in a whole new direction…

… and a new series was started!

Welcome How Needham Runs 101. The first episode explains the expenses involved in maintaining Needham’s water and sewer systems, which is a key component that determines your monthly or quarterly water and sewer bill.

An informational series which simplifies the practices and principles of governmental operations. We walk through questions you might have wondered as a taxpayer and a citizen:

What determines your property taxes?
Who oversees the town’s expenditures?
How does the town fund a ten-thousand-dollar project?

Join us as we look for the answers by cutting through lengthy documents and talk to decision makers in those fields.