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Warwick City Council President behind on paying her taxes

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by ABC6 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis 


The Warwick City Council chambers was quiet this Friday afternoon, but a storm of controversy is brewing.

ABC6 News obtaining public records that show city council president Donna Travis, has not paid her property or car taxes for 2013.

"I just think if you are an elected official you should be setting an example, especially when you have the power to raise taxes. As you know Ms. Travis voted to raise the property taxes and lower the automobile exemption," said Warwick resident and taxpayer Rob Cote.

And that made everyone's car taxes go up in Warwick.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter, "2013 is not the first time Council President Travis has fallen behind on car tax and property tax payments. She made partial payments in many years before that but caught up completely in 2012."

But Councilwoman Travis confirmed she fell behind last year, when we spoke by phone.

"I'll try to get it all caught up at the end, of you know, before July. I've got some medical problems with my husband and fell behind," said City Council President Donna Travis.

Travis told us she has a $350 dollar per month payment plan with the city, but neither Rob Cote, nor ABC6 News found any record of that in the Warwick online tax files.

"Can you imagine the fiscal chaos that would ensue if all the residents paid their property taxes and automobile taxes the same way that the Council President pays hers?" said Rob Cote.

We asked people in line paying taxes. for their reaction.

"Well I hope that she gets charged the interest due on the late payments, as everybody else," said Warwick taxpayer Lillian Freelove.

All told Council President Travis owes Warwick over two thousand dollars in taxes on her home and car.


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