Municipal Government Committee OKs Baldelli Hunt Tax Rate Bill

Full House expected to vote on measure May 22.


The House Municipal Government Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt to change the tax classification of apartment buildings with four to ten units from residential to commercial, according to a release from the Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau.

The legislation will allow tax relief for Woonsocket’s small businesses as well as residential taxpayers, Baldelli Hunt said.

“At a time when our city is being squeezed from every direction to raise revenue, this is a way to ease some of the burden on most taxpayers, from the single-family and triple-decker owners to those who own and operate small businesses throughout our city,” she said.

The legislation (2013-H 6102) would move four- to 10-unit rental properties from the residential tax rate, currently $32.26 per $1,000 of value, to the commercial tax rate, $38.27 per $1,000. Thebill has one exception: Four-unit properties that are owner-occupied would be allowed to pay the residential rate, provided the owners fill out a form created by the city Tax Assessor’s office.

By increasing the number of properties paying the higher commercial rate, the city will be able to reduce both the commercial and the residential rates and still raise the same amount of revenue, said Representative Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket).

“This is, by no means, a panacea, but it will give some measure of relief to most Woonsockettaxpayers,” she said.

The bill, which is cosponsored by Rep. Robert D. Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland) and Rep. Stephen M. Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket), is expected to come to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday.

“With this change, we can ease the burden on the small businesses that are carrying a big load. We have to do something to stop the ones we have from leaving our city,” said Representative Casey.

Representative Phillips also testified in favor of the bill.


Jerry May 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Where was Lisa and all other reps one year ago when the school department announced that they were 10 million short? Did they fight for more state aid that the State has been slowly taken from us for the past 6 years back then???? It's great when reps actually fight for taxpayers in crucial times, when it really counts, but doing it because you are in the election year doesn't cut it.. Just my opinion....
David T May 20, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Well said Jerry. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees through her politicizing of last year problems and now again, trying to gain the upper hand at the city's expense while completely ignoring the underlying problem for the last 6 years since being a Rep. And before this her biggest issue was a park. If people think she's our savior, we're in bigger trouble.
bob b. May 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM
It does not matter who the reps are,the state is not about to give more money to the city,if we had a mayor with guts he would ignore all these mandates required by the state,new water plants,are you kidding me,the city is BROKE!!!!!!!
Jerry May 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Nothing will happen by anyone because no one has the fortitude to fight for us taxpayers. Remember our reps and politicians want votes, not to do the right thing and be disliked. That goes against their grain. No one likes a person who speaks their mind and tells the truth, otherwise our General Assembly and Senate and Governor would be liked, and that will never happen with this group.
Novan for Life May 26, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Hey jerry baldelli-hunt for mayor. Why is it the taxpayer has to rely on someone to fight its battles for them, there are more in need peoople getting nothing but misery. Taxpayers up until recently had it easy in the tax department, care about the warning signs that the state and the city were heading towards a fianacial cliff in which we where told to cutback and take responsibility for our fianacial house. PS NO SYMPATHY!!!


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