Fox is wait and see on supplemental tax for Woonsocket; Paiva Weed is a conditional supporter
House Speaker Gordon Fox is taking a wait-and-see approach on the supplemental tax being considered to help Woonsocket close its $10 million deficit, while Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed is offering conditional support.
Fox spokesman Larry Berman says the speaker “hasn’t taken a position” yet on the possible tax increase in the northern Rhode Island city. “They have not given us a resolution,” Berman adds. “If and when they do, [Fox will] take a look at it.”
Paiva Weed spokesman Greg Pare offered this statement:
The Senate President believes that whether to implement a supplemental tax inWoonsocket is a local decision.
In other words, Pare says, Paiva Weed will support the supplemental tax for Woonsocket if the city’s government backs it. The statement continues:
She supports advancing current year education aid to Woonsocket to assist the city’s cash flow challenges, an action the Legislature took for East Providenceearlier this year. She also supports relief to maintenance of effort issues, which will allow the City Council to use revenues from any supplemental property tax increase for education without increasing its school obligations in subsequent budgets.
The Woonsocket City Council is slated to vote on the supplemental tax April 2. Legislative approval is required since the tax increase would exceed the city’s tax cap.