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The North Providence Breeze 05-15-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 15-21, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Deliberations on Mayor Charles Lombardi's proposed "extremely lean" $111.88 million budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year begin next Tuesday, May 21, with a public hear- ing starting at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. That hearing will be followed by an all-day budget session starting on May 23 starting at 9 a.m., a council work session on May 29 at 5:30 p.m., a final budget hearing on June 27 at 5:30 p.m., and adoption of the budget on July 1 at 5:30 p.m. Owners of residential and com- mercial properties in town would see a 90-cent increase on local tax rates under Lombardi's proposal. The main driver in needing a tax increase is the $8.1 million first pay- ment on a $75 mil- lion school bond, says the mayor. Without that, the town would have seen a tax decrease this year. The owner of a home with a value of $200,000 is expected to see taxes go up by about $144 annually under the initial proposal, but the Town Council will be going through the spending plan line by line and could be making some cuts. The original projection on the school bond was that it could make taxes go up by $1.37 on the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value, said Lombardi as he presented his plan to the council on May 7, so this is a "very responsible spending plan for the coming year." Officials "sharpened our pencil" and cut where they could, he said. Additional revenues from such venues as Camp Meehan and the Mancini Senior Center are helping, he said, and the town continues to see extensive business development. The town is preserving open space, investing in schools, improv- ing recreational programs with new priorities, and resurfacing roads. Lombardi said he looks forward to meeting with the council during the all-day session. Though he hopes the council will accept the budget, the administration will accept changes made. Town budget meetings start next week By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com LOMBARDI NORTH PROVIDENCE – Add badminton to the list of possible uses at Camp Meehan/Notte Park. Town Council President Dino Autiello said he heard from some constituents who are into the sport that they would like to see the town develop such a facility. He requested and the council approved a letter to Mayor Charles Lombardi asking him to find space for such a court at the revamped Camp Meehan space, purchased by the town to add onto the existing Notte Park in 2012. If not at Camp Meehan, said Autiello, he'd like the mayor to look into creating such a facility elsewhere in the town. Back in February, Autiello made a similar request for a CrossFit- style gym at the park. Lombardi said this week that he hasn't made any progress on the idea of the CrossFit training equip- ment. He said he will take a similar cau- tious approach with the request for badminton, evaluating the park to see if there's a spot to put it. "If we can find a spot for it, we'll put it in that spot," he said. There are other projects at Camp Meehan taking higher priority cur- rently, said Lombardi. Over the next couple of weeks, new grass will be installed at the park's new outdoor amphitheater, and several trees are also in the process of coming down. Autiello proposes badminton at Camp Meehan By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com IN BRIEF Car wash benefits NP's middle school bands NORTH PROVIDENCE – A car wash benefit planned for this Saturday, May 18, will benefit the North Providence middle school bands. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the North Providence High School parking lot. Donation is $5. Visit Birchwood Middle School farm stand May 22 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Birchwood Middle School students invite the public to its S.T.E.A.M. Garden Farm Stand on Wednesday, May 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the school's front entrance, 10 Birchwood Drive. Student-grown tomato and basil plants will be available. For more information, call 401-233-1120. Central High School Class of 1974 reunites June 21 PROVIDENCE – Central High School Class of 1974 will hold its 45th-year reunion weekend Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23. The main event will be held at Mulligan's Island in Cranston. The cost is $80. A reception is on Friday at Al's Waterfront Restaurant and a brunch at Skyline at Waterplace on Sunday. 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The news display advertising deadline will move forward to Friday, May 24 at 3 p.m. The classified line advertising deadline will remain Tuesday, May 28 at Noon.

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