WOONSOCKET â€” Speaking at a business development forum Thursday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee hinted that he might withdraw his proposed hike in the meals and beverage tax if new revenue forecasts due in May are high enough.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping with those new revenue estimates we can work on the meals and beverage tax,â€ť Chafee said. â€śLetâ€™s hope those May numbers continue the positive trend theyâ€™re on.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Continuing concern over pension reform and the cityâ€™s shaky financial condition are helping fuel one of the biggest retirement waves among police and firefighters since 2009.
Fourteen workers have tendered retirement papers since December â€” six police officers and eight firefighters, according to figures supplied by the cityâ€™s personnel department.
Nearly 50 additional public safety employees, including 18 police officers and 26 firefighters, are currently eligible to retire with at least minimum basic pension benefits.
WOONSOCKET â€” The much-bemoaned financial burden of upgrading the wastewater treatment plant will begin hitting home in the form of steep hikes in sewer fees as soon as the next bills go out in May.
The average homeowerâ€™s bill of $69.23 per quarter will rise by some 12 percent, effective immediately, followed by a series of increases in each of the next four calendar years of 11, 11, 5 and 5 percent, respectively, under an ordinance adopted Monday by the City Council.