by Mark Curtis
The line a people stretched deep around the hallway, on the 2nd floor of Providence City Hall. People came with tax bill and checkbooks in hand ready to pay property taxes....with the deadline about a month earlier than it was just a year ago.
Dorothy Westly, a Providence Taxpayer said, "They got to have the money to do it (laughs) cause it was kind of early. Last year it was like late August, September I got it."
William Houston, another Providence Taxpayer said, "Well I am on a fixed budget, I'd rather pay them a month later, but it's not going to make much difference."
This year's property taxes are due a month earlier than last,...because this year the Providence City Council actually approved the budget on time, so...tax extensions were not granted.
ABC-6 Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "City Hall workers tell me the tax line has been a long one for a couple of days now. Unfortunately, this is the deadline and if people don't have their taxes in, they are going to pay penalties and interest."
Despite cuts, Providence still faces a multi-million dollar budget deficit...so the sooner it gets taxpayers money...the better:
ABC-6 Chief Political Analyst Buddy Cianci said, "They have payrolls to meet. It costs a lot of money everyday to run this city and cash flow is a problem."
So City Hall may be happy. But taxpayers, well, not so much.
Diego Rojas, a Providence Taxpayer said, "Oh I don't even know why. I just pay it. I pay it too much."
People who couldn't make it to City Hall can still pay their taxes online, or by mail.