Brien to `reluctantly’ support Woonsocket tax plan
Woonsocket Rep. Jon Brien says he will “reluctantly’’ support Woonsocket city government’s request for a 13-percent supplemental property tax increase that is designed to save the city from bankruptcy.
But Brien says his support is contingent on city government and the state participating on a state-appointed budget commission that would oversee the faltering finances of the distressed old textile mill city.
Brien says the city needs to make structural changes in finances so that the city’s books are stabilized in the long-term. “We haven’t gotten a long term plan to make sure this is no longer going to happen,’’ he said.
The Rhode Island Senate has approved the supplemental Woonsocket tax legislation, but it is pending in the House. Brien says he will soon be speaking with the House leadership team of Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence to ensure that Woonsocket will receive state help to straighten out its finances.