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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-08-2019

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we are investing in the essentials, he said. Together, with the Pawtucket City Council, leaders have grown city reserves, improved bond ratings, "and invested in our collective future," added Grebien. "I thank them for their continuing partner- ship and look forward to build- ing on the successes we've had together." Officials have cut millions of dollars out of the budget over the past eight years, said Grebien, "and Pawtucket's taxpayers have my commitment that we will continue to make the tough decisions in their best interests while providing the services that our residents expect and deserve." The overall budget is up about 2.19 percent, or $2.82 million over- all. It requires an extra $3.2 million in property taxes and a 3. 77 per- cent increase on the tax rates. Major initiatives in the budget include: • Continued infrastructure rein- vestment through voter-approved initiatives on schools and roads, including $2 million for the next phase of road paving; • An increase in contributions to the School Department; • Full contributions to pensions and other post employment ben- efits; • A new K-9 unit in the Police Department; •And new green initiatives. "Smart fiscal decisions and nec- essary infrastructure investments will pay dividends for this com- munity for years to come," said Grebien. "These long-term chang- es and financial investments are making Pawtucket a place where developers and businesses want to invest." There's a significant reduction expected in state aid, said Zelazo. The motor vehicle phaseout com- bined with a reduction in state aid will likely lead to a decrease of more than $500,000. Also a necessity expenditure is $1.2 million in salary increases. The city is getting close on negotia- tions with remaining unions. The city is switching its approach on insurance this year, choosing to pay a higher premium in exchange for a reduction in its deductible from $300,000 to $250,000. There will be increased premium pay- ments of $225,000 but claims should go down $350,000. About $150,000 of that amount will go to covering the schools' higher insurance costs, while the schools will also get another $500,000 toward operations. Educators had requested $534,000 more. "Our commitment continues in our schools, in partnership with the Pawtucket School Committee and superintendent's office, is reflected in both additional proposed oper- ating dollars and school building investments," Grebien said. The city will spend an extra $1.5 million this year in debt service for infrastructure reinvestment, includ- ing new vehicles and investments in schools, roads and parks. Also this year, the city will con- tinue diving in on public safety, said Zelazo, addressing a continued increase in emergency calls by add- ing a fourth rescue vehicle. The city's green initiatives will save taxpayers almost $350,000, including $270,000 in streetlight upgrades and $170,000 through a new net metering agreement approved by the council. Due to growth in pension con- tributions and retiree health care costs, the city is now spending a combined $24 million annually, said Zelazo, or about 18 percent of the whole budget. "The only thing larger in our budget than these legacy costs is the $32.8 million we give our schools," he said. To defer the cost would only increase the burden on taxpayers in the future, he said. 4 PAWTUCKET MAY 8-14, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Teen volunteer hours available at the library PAWTUCKET – Teen volun- teer hours will be available at the Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., on WEdnesday, May 8, from 6 to 7 p.m., and again on Tuesday, May 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Teens entering grades 6-12 are invited to come and assist with special projects in the library. Meet upstairs at the reference desk. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 401-725- 3714, ext. 221. PAWUCKET -The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is host- ing a consultant specializing in downtown development for a pre sentation and question and answer session this Friday, May 10. Since 1981, Roger Brooks, presi- dent and founder of Destination Development Association/Roger Brooks International, has helped more than 2,000 communities with their down town development, place-branding, tourism, and mar- keting efforts, states a release, and he is now one of the most widely recognized and frequent ly quoted experts in his field. That field specializes in every element that makes a city, town or state a better place to live, work, and visit. The schedule for May 10 at 17 5 Main St. in Pawtucket includes a cof fee reception and networking from 8 to 9 a.m., presentation and questions and answers from 9 to 10: 15 a.m., a break from 10:15 to 10:30 a.m., and a workshop with Brooks from 10:30 to 11 :45 a.m. Parking at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center is located on Roosevelt Avenue. Seating is lim- ited and going fast. Call 401-724-2200 or email for more. Downtown forum is this Friday Teens invited to movie night at the library PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., will hold a movie night for teens on Wednesday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.rn. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to watch a mysterious young woman emerge as the only one who can stop a giant, predator city on wheels devouring everything in its path. No registration is required. For more information, call 401-725- 3714, ext. 221, or email sbloom@ BUDGET From Page One ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. 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