Woonsocket City Council Discusses Potential Supplemental Tax
More taxes or receivership.
Those are increasingly the only options left to Woonsocket, after a 10-million dollar deficit has decimated their schools, and set the city on the path to bankruptcy.
There was no vote or public discussion on the supplemental tax measure that could raise almost 7-million for the city.
But there was a lot of discussion about what the city can do to help itself moving forward.
The meeting on Wednesday night brought out nearly 100-residents and even Governor Chafee.
And there were a lot of questions from the city council about what, if anything, a supplemental tax might accomplish.
“If all the people in this city agree to do this and there's some kind of mismanagement again, where is the responsibility going to fall?” said councilman Daniel Gendron.
The city council spent more than 2-hours debating the merits of a supplemental tax that could bring in nearly 7-millions dollars.
Many say that the tax would keep the city, from going into receivership, which is an option that councilors said many residents seemed in favor of.
“Most of the phone calls I've been getting have been from people to say that please don't raise my taxes just go bankrupt, and I just want everybody to know that's not always the best way.” said councilman Robert Moreau.
The best way forward still remains unclear, as many city councilors seem to have issues with the potential tax measure.
But as time ticks by, many believe it may be the last option left, before receivership becomes a reality.
“This is not an easy situation for anybody and if this is eventually what we decide to do, it will make it even harder fro the people of the city to survive.” said Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine.
Now before the city votes on the supplemental tax measure, at their next city council meeting, on April 2nd, they will hold a public meeting to get input from residents.
That meeting will happen this coming Monday, March 26th, at Woonsocket High School.