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Chris12 July 22, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Our Vets have to wait months for aid and assistance. Yet our government deems the care and shelterRead Moref or illegals URGENT. What the heck is wrong here???
Nelson Aldrich July 22, 2014 at 01:49 PM
What SH left out is Woonsocket's near 9 percent unemployment rate and tied for the bottom perRead Morecapita income level. Second highest commercial tax rate (2013). All that debt in a state consistently ranked at the bottom in nearly every economic category in the nation. Hey SH, ever notice that most of those "tired" mill buildings get replaced with.....nothing. I'll bet you can't stand all those "selfish" multi-family owners either.
jack July 22, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Once the City loses the lawsuit the homestead exemption will go away like the half dollar.
Still Hope July 22, 2014 at 02:31 PM
Steve, where does the actual tax rate come from? I'll tell you. They take the adopted city budgetRead Morean d divide it between ALL revenue sources. For instance, 2014-15 budget calls for $129 Million to cover all costs. They take that number subtract the anticipated revenue from State/Fed(usually close to half), then they take the remaining budget and spread it out among revenue sources(taxes, fees, services). These rates are contingent on our costs, not the other way around. You are working backwards. You think they set the tax rate and then spend what they collect. The only reason it appears to work this way is because we have been working in a deficit for the last few years and they need to charge the max rate until we catch up. Once the 5 year plan is completed, we will be back in the black and we won't have to play catch up on the deficit. Contrary to what you might believe, the big debt like the GO Bonds are INCLUDED in the budget. Of the $129 Million, I think some $20 Million is for paying off those past bonds. As we pay off those bonds, those liabilities decrease and likewise, that portion of the budget decreases. So that $335 Million giant debt bill is meant to be paid off over time, that how bonds work. It's just like a mortgage, you know the bill is coming and it's part of your budget. As bleak as you want it to be, it's gonna be ok.
Russell Archambault July 16, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Going to the emergency room the next time you get a heart attack would have been my first choiceRead Morein the first place, unless you were looking for consumer value.
Nelson Aldrich July 15, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Yea, the mailman's doing a great job delivering mail to my door and the local deli's doing a greatRead Morej ob slicing my cold cuts to just the right thickness. Bottom line...they're doing what they're being paid to do, no more, no less. We've got saints everywhere in Woonsocket and they come with a very high price tag.
Woony the Pooh July 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Nelson - these streets that were recently striped have been neglected for years and years. As wellRead Morea s the warn out sidewalk crossings. Nobody was making under the belt comments. But now that you are negative as usual - I guess whoever held that roll before wasn't 'doing what they were paid to do'. Streets weren't swept until Fall, the equipment was left to depreciate, the roads slowly got to the point where they are now and all the lines in the road disappeared. That's a fact, not an opinion. Good thing LBH can have people actually do what she hired them for. Point proven between the old and new.
Oreo July 15, 2014 at 02:20 PM
All it takes is Money!! I mean more tax dollars! I mean my discretionary income! Yes, it is aRead Moreno ticeable improvement!
Yvette M Ayotte July 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Sounds like a great night out!!
Christen McCarthy July 14, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Thank you! It's a wonderful, feel good event! I forgot to mention: so that we can have a properRead Morehead count in regards to the menu and giveaways, please RSVP to christen.mccarthy@prudential.com or call 508-928-2883 if not sending in advanced payment. Thanks!
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