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Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition: Thanks To House Delegation

WTC praises representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Jon Brien and Robert Phillips.

The members of the Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition would like to express our thanks to Representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt,  Jon Brien and Robert Phillips for hearing the pleas of the Taxpayers of the City of Woonsocket, RI and defeating the Supplemental Tax Bill.  

We fully support their decision and offer our ideas and suggestions to our representatives.  Know that you are not alone in this battle to save our city.

We understand that taxes are a part of life and, as citizens, it is our duty to pay taxes and support our government but, it is also the responsibility of our government to spend our tax dollars wisely and in our best interest.  

Furthermore, in this time of fiscal crisis, we do not expect the city employees to bear an unreasonable share of the financial burden.

It is our contention that all of the citizens and employees of the City of Woonsocket share this burden in a fair and equitable manner that will bring all to the bargaining table, including the taxpayers.

The Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition is here to inform and educate the taxpayers of Woonsocket as well as advise and monitor our elected officials.  

"You don't have to belong to a union to be united", and, as taxpayers in this city, we are ten thousand strong.  We urge all citizens of our great city to take a larger role in the community and hold our elected officials accountable for actions that affect our livelihood and overall quality of life.

Especially when it comes to spending our tax dollars.

Again, we would like to thank our representatives and hope that the Budget Commission follows their example.

Jerry June 17, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Robert, apparently Misty understands it better than you. You still think WED has done nothing wrong. Perhaps you failed in common sense in school.
Mike Kind June 17, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Misty Harbor, last year, the City Council did the equilvqlent of using a credit card to fund a deficit, for which we will be paying high interest rates for years. If the proposed tax had passed, we still would have had a deficit of over $3 million because the needed concessions from City employees had not even been formally requested, let alone agreed to. We continue to underfund pension liabilities, a practice which will result in catastrophic consequences in just a few years. We need a total reset of the City's finances and obligations, we need to re-configure the tax base, we need more responsible management of the School Department, and we need to address issues such as the anti-business NIMBY attitude of some of our citizens. This attitude has caused Walmart to leave, frustrated our largest taxpayer, and squelched development. A year ago, before I learned the true gravity of our short- and long-term situation, I would have ruled out bankruptcy. Today, I see no alternative.
Novan for Life June 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Jerry did i mention WED no stop bringing up the past and move on!
Novan for Life June 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Ok misty clearly like jerry your pal you both like living in the past again move on! Quite frankly either way if that supplemental tax passed everyone except in section 8 would have felt the effect. By the way misty you should thank Ms. Baldelli-Hunt and Rep Jon Brien for not allowing the city to dig deeper in your pockets for now. BE GRATEFUL NOT MISERABLE :)
Joe June 18, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Misty Harbor, You won't get an argument from me over the need for reform and reductions in the social welfare costs that are killing us. But that does not mean we should embrace a 13% Supplemental Tax increase (that will repeat again in 1 month) in the abscence of a plan. The elected officials calling for a Supplemental Tax increase have done nothing else but ask for more taxes. What makes you think that Bankruptcy is going to happen? Maybe now, without the crutch of a Supplemental Tax increase, our local leaders will put together the comprehensive plan that they should have crafted months ago. And even if we end up in bankruptcy, because our local leaders waited so long to take decisive action, why do you think the tax increase will be higher than the huge increases they are currently asking for? Worst case under bankruptcy, we end up with the same big tax increases that our Mayor and Council President is asking for. Best case, a bankruptcy gives us a big tax increase and restructures some of the unaffordable costs that we have. Either way, bankruptcy is not the cause of our problems, it is the result of our problems.

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