May 20, 2011

Tax Increases in Warwick

Marc Comtois

As reported by the ProJo, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian's new budget includes significant tax increases (both in the property tax and imposition of the car tax) on the city's residents. Additionally, the Warwick Beacon provided this helpful graphic to illustrate what it could mean for your average, two-car Warwick household:

Avedisian blames the 2010 floods, the bad economy and other unforseen events--like the contracts he's negotiated over the past decade--as well as the by-now common tactic of blaming the school department. He asks for nearly $8 million more in spending (almost a 3% increase over last year) and touts the departmental cuts and layoffs he's made to cut costs. In essence, he argues, it's a revenue problem not a spending problem. The truth, of course, is that while nearly every other line item has been cut, the contractual obligations continue to rise higher than the revenue stream. This can be addressed, if the political will is there.

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A 14% hike- With the pension tsunami hitting next fiscal year.
As I've said, by 2015 we will, with hikes like this, be in second place for the highest property taxes in the world.
After that....look out New Jersey!
Thanks progressives!

Posted by: Tommy Cranston at May 20, 2011 8:02 PM

You mean he really didn't solve the pension crisis in Warwick? I'm shocked.

Posted by: Max Diesel at May 20, 2011 8:12 PM

Avedisian and Doherty two liberal RINO's in a pod. See what a self described "moderate" republican does? Avedisian gives away the store to unions and goes after we taxpayers for more and Doherty want to go to Washington with his 110K public sector pension and free healthcare for life - for which he contributed zero - and see if he rack a Federal pension too! Wake up Rhode Island - if you want a freekin democrat just find one and vote for him or here - enough with these RINO's!

Posted by: Tom at May 21, 2011 2:51 PM
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