Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Assessor says he'll need three weeks to send out bills, Board OKs police uniform allowances.
The Woonsocket Budget Commission briefly discussed canceling accounts payable as an option in the event the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill, to be considered by the full RI House tomorrow, doesn't pass. The RI Senate has already passed its version of the bill, S-0820, sponsored by by Senators Marc Cote (D-Dist 24) and Roger Picard (D-Dist. 20). Should the House bill, H-6103, sponsored by Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, (D-Dist. 49) and co-sponsored by Reps. Stephen Casey (D-Dist. 50) and Bob Phillips (D-Dist. 51), pass Wednesday, more time will be needed to reconcile it with the Senate bill. Last week, Council President and Budget Commission member John Ward noted there's a shrinking window to pass the supplemental tax in time to mail out…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Council President John Ward says time is running out to pass tax and send out bills.
With local senators' supplemental tax bill passed May 9, the next step in the fate of the $2.5 million the Budget Commission intends to add to the tax base rests in the House tonight, a day past the deadline to send bills out in time. The House Municipal Government Committee will hear the bill tonight at 5 p.m., but Budget Commissioner and Council President John Ward said the goal was to get the bill approved, then send out tax bills ahead of June 30. "Which means that the goal was to have it by yesterday. So We're already running late," Ward said. The process, albeit with a smaller supplemental tax, is following a course similar to last year. This time, however, the companion bill, House 6103, is sponsored directly by Rep. Lisa …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Freshman House member to aid in laws governing workers comp, labor laws.
Rep. Stephen M. Casey (D – Dist. 50, Woonsocket) has been appointed to the House Committee on Labor and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for the 2013-2014 legislative session. The House Labor Committee deliberates legislation relating to workers’ compensation and labor laws. The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs handles all legislation impacting the lives of Rhode Island veterans and those currently in military service. Speaker of the House Gordon D. Fox made the announcement on Thursday, Jan. 10. Representative Casey is one of 16 freshman members of the House of Representatives this year.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Discussion to be televised on Capitol TV.
The House Finance Committee's consideration of whether to authorize Woonsocket to issue new tax bills to help plug a $10 million deficit will be televised today on Capitol TV. Should the Finance Committee, and ultimately, the full House, approve the bill, it could raise as much as $6.6 million for the financially strapped city. The city will seek an extra $3.15 for every $1,000 of assessed residential property value. For the owner of a home worth $150,000, that would mean a $472.50 bill. The supplemental tax would also tack on $4.51 for commercial property, and $5.81 for motor vehicles. The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill April 26. It was passed by the full Senate May 3. Today's House Finance Committee hearing on the matter …