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Trash fee could get dumped

May 6, 2014

WOONSOCKET – If Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has her way, the much-bemoaned “trash tax” could be headed for the ash heap of history next fiscal year.
The mayor has called a work session with the City Council on May 16 to discuss rolling the $96 a year per household fee into the tax rate, the way most communities bankroll the cost of picking up curbside refuse.
Doing so means the mayor would have to find enough slack in the budget to absorb about $1 million a year in revenue the fee generates. Acting Public Works Director Alan Brodd said the mayor wants to engage the city council in preliminary discussion about how to make that happen.
“When she took office there was a proposal on the table to double the trash fee,” said Brodd. “She stopped that. For the next fiscal year she’s trying to eliminate the trash fee.”
Read the full story in Wednesday's newspaper.

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