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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-09-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 9-15, 2019 CUMBERLAND 13 will likely still see a tax increase if their values go up higher than oth- ers. Town Councilor Lisa Beaulieu asked Mallette if he can give any indication what might happen as a result of the revaluation. Mallette said he expects "entry-level proper- ties" to see a significant increase as they have in other Rhode Island towns. Some communities nearby are seeing bumps in value of 12 to 15 percent across the board, he said. Beaulieu specifically mentioned Smithfield, where increased prop- erty values led to a reduction of school state aid, questioning whether that could also happen in Cumberland. Unlike full revaluations, where the state reimburses a town at 60 percent of the cost for the work, the town bears the full cost of a statistical revaluation. Also at the May 1 council meeting, members agreed to hire Tina Fogell as the town's HR director through the end of the fiscal year June 30. Officials will continue exploring working with the School Committee on some sort of sharing of the posi- tion, but Mayor Jeff Mutter empha- sized that the savings would be lim- ited because another position would likely need to be added. One person simply couldn't handle HR for both the town and the schools, he said. Mutter is considering various options for the position as he pre- pares his 2019-2020 budget for May 13. "They can't be in both places at one time, but I'm willing to explore any avenue that makes sense," he said. The mayor said having a good HR director is a lot more important than many people think, saving money and limiting problems. The council last week also unani- mously supported a resolution urging the General Assembly to pass into law enabling legislation permitting cities and towns to license tobacco dealers. Beaulieu said there have been con- versations in town about the rise of tobacco use and Juul in youths, and sellers continue to operate without a town license, giving communities limited control over what they do. She said she's "not a big licensing person," but it's "important for us to provide an ability to address what has become an enormous problem in a short amount of time. According to the resolution advo- cated by Beaulieu and others, the town "experiences the presence of deadly products on the shelves of our neighborhood corner stores that are designed to be attractive to youth." The town, like many others, pre- viously attempted to confront this public health crisis by introducing an ordinance requiring tobacco sell- ers to be licensed by Cumberland, to prohibit the sale of tobacco to anyone younger than 18, to ban the sale of flavored tobacco for establish- ments within 500 feet of a school or youth agency, and to prohibit the use of tobacco discounts and cou- pons. After learning of other com- munities facing legal challenges over similar ordinance, officials indefi- nitely tabled the proposal. REVALUATION From Page 4 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. e Art Den 401-526-2771 A Unique Venue For Your Special Occasion Happy 14 th Birthday Lucas! Love, Mom, Dad & Phoebe May 6 th

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