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Woonsocket Taxes to Rise

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis


Owners of big multi–unit apartment buildings are among those targeted for a property tax increase in Woonsocket.

Tenants are worried that cost will just be past on to them.

"Well my landlord had to raise my rent because his has gone up three times in the past three years. (Q: And you're worried it's going to go up again?) Ah, that's what they are saying," said Susan Cassey, a Woonsocket renter.

Woonsocket resident Pauline Belair also objected, saying, "I think it should be going down, because a lot of people are in the situation that I am, that can't afford the rent."

But it's not just renters.

The General Assembly passed a $2.5 million dollar supplemental tax to be shared by all.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "One of the reasons for the tax increase - Woonsocket has been teetering on bankruptcy for years and the state simply does not want another Central Falls on its hands."

And it isn't just property taxes. Car taxes in Woonsocket will also go up slightly to cover part of the additional $2.5 million in taxes.

The increases were requested by the separate Woonsocket Budget Commission.

State Rep. Stephen Casey (D-Woonsocket) said, "It's not a pleasant issue. We're all affected by this. But it is something we have to face as a group, and come together and basically share the burden. That's what we're trying to do and we are trying to share it equally as possible."

One goal of the additional taxes is too avoid deeper cuts to city services and layoffs.


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