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May 20th, 2012
By JOSEPH FITZGERALD
CUMBERLAND â€” As promised, Mayor Daniel J. McKee's proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 will see a modest property tax increase of between 1 and 2 percent and well under the state's 4-percent tax cap.
McKee is proposing an $82,882,869 town operating budget for fiscal 2013, which is $3,736,081 (or 4.72 percent) higher than the current $79,146,788 budget, according to information released by the mayor's office this week.
WOONSOCKET â€“ An extended work session by the School Committee on Friday afternoon has pushed the School Department close to setting a proposed budget of $70,613,739 for 2012-2013.
Deshaun Davis, 7, of Woonsocket, enjoys the beautiful spring weather Friday with his 6-year-old sister, Myla, far right, and their cousin, Arianna Soares, 9, of North Attleboro, on the swings at Cold Spring Park in Woonsocket.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Although a tabled bill that would let the city issue a 13 percent supplemental tax bill is now scheduled for a vote in the House Tuesday, it looks like the city is going to get a budget commission anyway.
PROVIDENCE â€” The bill to allow Woonsocket to assess a 13 percent extra tax on property and vehicles in the city appears to be headed for passage.
The House Finance Committee has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday afternoon at the Statehouse and a vote on the Woonsocket bill is the only item on its agenda. Legislation is seldom brought up for a vote if there isnâ€™t sufficient support to pass it, at least at the committee level.
WOONSOCKET â€” For the first time, municipal ambulance crews who believe their patients are suffering a stroke can deliver them to Landmark Medical Center.
Thatâ€™s because Landmark was certified by the Joint Commission, the nationâ€™s main accrediting body of health care organizations, as a primary stroke treatment center, the hospital announced.
The state Department of Health has also added Landmark to its official list of Certified Stroke Centers, enabling Landmark to treat more residents from northern Rhode Island who have suffered a stroke or who are likely to.
WOONSOCKET â€” Though the supplemental tax legislation is not officially dead, itâ€™s dead enough for the state to begin gearing up for Plan B â€” the imposition of a budget commission to take over the cityâ€™s finances.
Finance Director Tom Bruce told The Call Wednesday that State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly and city officials will mount a last-ditch effort to revive supplemental taxes in the House, but Gallogly is already making preparations to seat a budget commission for the city if the effort falters.
PROVIDENCE â€” Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine, Council President John Ward and Finance Director Thomas Bruce spent Tuesday afternoon trying to convince the House Finance Committee that a 13 percent supplemental tax in the city would not be just a stopgap measure to temporarily forestall the inevitable appointment of a state budget commission or receiver a few weeks or months down the road.
WOONSOCKET â€” As part of his campaign to gather feedback from small businesses, Gov. Lincoln Chafee toured a family-owned print shop here Tuesday.
Accompanied by members of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Chafee spent about 45 minutes at Sheahan Printing, where workers led him past clattering machines and pallets stacked with finished brochures, pamphlets and posters.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Monday was a day for gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders to whoop and cheer.
They were cheering for Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who signed an executive order requiring the state to officially recognize the same-sex unions of couples who were married elsewhere but live here.
At several points during his announcement, Chafee made it clear that he wants his action to be one step toward allowing full gay marriage rights in Rhode Island.