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Woonsocket Supplemental Tax Bill Vote Set For Tuesday

Bill was held till Woonsocket delegation weighed in with their support.

After hearing the Woonsocket delegation's support for the supplemental tax bill, the House Finance Committee has scheduled a vote on the measure Tuesday.

The bill, which would authorize Woonsocket to levy an additional tax on property and motor vehicles to raise up to $6.6 million, was tabled by the Committee on Tuesday, May 15.

Larry Berman, communications director for the Speaker, said bill was tabled because nobody from the Woonsocket delegation testified on the bill, which left their position on the measure in doubt.

"The House leadership was waiting for them to weigh in on this," Berman said. He said members of the city's delegation have since stated they're in favor of the bill.

The vote on the bill (2012-S 2872A), sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel Da Ponte (D-Dist. 14, East Providence, Pawtucket), is scheduled Tuesday, May 22, at 3 p.m. in Room 35 on the basement level of the State House.

The hearing will be televised live by Capitol Television, which can be seen on Channel 15 by Cox and Full Channel subscribers and on Channel 34 by Verizon viewers.  

Still Hope May 17, 2012 at 09:01 PM
"Schools, roads, and sewage treatment are not free." -Me
Tommy Tutone May 17, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Tomorrow morning,you can proudly go to work for Woonsocket.Give up another weeks pay or whatever,bear any burden,suffer any hardship,for your masters.
Mike Kind May 17, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Woonsocket is insolvent, that is, unable to pay current bills from current funds. Thus, we meet the first test for the legislature's passage of a supplemental tax. Their next question will be : What effort has been made to seek the cooperation of all parties to mitigate the problem? Truthful answer: This has not been done. Next question: What strategy have you worked out to provide both a solution to this and your long-term liabilities, many of which you'll have to deal with in just a few years? Our answer: We don't have such a plan. We need a creative receivership which can address these issues without the need to consider local politics. The first step in improving property values will be to deal with our short- and long-term structural challenges. Property values will never rise until we convince the world that we are dealing with our issues once and for all. We have reached the limit on the credit card we used to solve this problem last year, and will be paying high interest on it for several years to come. The day of reckoning is here.
Steve May 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM
MIke, agree 100%. Still no plan moving forward, but somehow there may be a different outcome? What are they thinking? Two times is the magic number? I heard today that Lisa Baldelli Hunt is putting in a amendment to do a forensic autopsy on why and how we got here, but what on earth does this have to do on where we're going? Again, no plans going forward should equal no passage, but Mike, something is telling me it's going to pass this time. Don't know what gives me this feeling, but RI politics never cease to amaze me! Just take a look at the recent Democratic polls showing Cicillini is ahead! Need I say more.....
Tommy Tutone May 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM
You're right Mike,but they'll kick the can down the road anyway.Hey,almost time to go,i'm tapped out.
Roger Harris May 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Passing the tax bill will not solve Woonsocket's financial issues. $10m deficit, which everyone is blaming the school department for, a $6.6m is not making the situation go away! What will Mayor Fontaine and City Council come up with next year??? There are people right now facing hardships too great for another tax increase. We just keep on keeping on, as my aunt Annie use to say...
Still Hope May 18, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong. The state has reformulated the school aid and Woonsocket will again be getting a more significant share. Also Woon is scheduled to get aid retroactively over the next few years, which officials are fighting to get as an immediate lump sum now. To me this would serve to shrink the gap and provide for future budgets, all this without a supplemental tax increase or hosing the pay and pensions of the teachers. What else are we asking for?
Still Hope May 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
DitW. I apologize for the jab at your removed quote. I just find the rhetoric on these boards to be damning to any healthy discussion. It's nice that we keep a healthy dialog amongst each other, while keeping the nonsense to a minimum. We are in this together and likewise we will get out together. Keep your head up and put faith in your elected officials to get the job done.
David T May 19, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Why didn't any of our 3 General Assembly Delegates speak up at the House Finance hearing on the tax bill? Were they being bashful? Were they waiting to hear the outcome then read and hear about the majority's feelings on the matter, then side with the majority? Brien and Hunt were basically negative in the press leading up to the vote. At least Phillips was openly for it, though I wished he spoke at the hearing. Why wouldn't they testify one way or the other? Now Hunt and Brien are expressing support for it, days after the hearing. Did they learn something new in that time to help them finally make a decision or did they get the sense that most people have resigned to accepting the tax increase? I had plenty of information weeks ago to pick a side. Yes, it was tough to come up with a decision, much to sort through and consider. But I did it. What is up folks? Am I missing something, some brilliant strategy aimed at helping the city, that's way over my head??? Agee or disagree with them, John Ward and Jim Cournoyer, 2 people with different points of view on this, made their decisions weeks and weeks ago and found the time to express their decisions publicly. To the politicians who took the "lets wait and see" approach to this, whether you did it intentionally or not, it made you look bad, at least to me. But, I could be wrong and you could be brilliant strategists doing something good for our city.
pitbull tickler May 19, 2012 at 05:52 AM
To commemorate the latest Rhode Island scandal, I propose we add some new expressions to state's slang. Here are a few suggestions: "Wave a bloody sock" -- To insist that you deserve extra special treatment because you're so full of wonderfulness. Example: "He waved a bloody sock and told the EDC to write him another fat check." "go paint a sock" -- Peddle that bullcrap elsewhere. Example: "Curt asked the state for a few million more, but the governor told him to go paint a sock." "schillingesque" -- An adjective used when someone suggests welfare mothers and Obama are to blame for all America's problem ... Example: "With schillingesque bravado, the Woonsocket politician proclaimed the city's fiscal woes and global warming will both go away if we tear down a few subsidized apartments."
Tommy Tutone May 19, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I like it,here's a couple... a "shelling"- Taxpayers being hit with a "fifth quarter" tax bill for criminal million dollar deficits two years in a row. a "shellacking"-Taxpayers now being brainwashed to think that the fiscal year is 15 months long.
maggie May 20, 2012 at 12:21 AM
why isnt the mayor and city council adding a supplemental tax to all city employees who we paysalries to and dont live in the city they should help us share the burden

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