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Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley The Gamm gets Real Young Chefs Compete Don���t miss the Gamm���s production of ���The Real Thing.��� LIVING Local kids get cooking with the Future Chef Cookoff. PAGE 7 @ ���Like��� us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Legislators rally behind tax plan Little Jai-lynn Harnois, 2, of Woonsocket, studies a plastic egg she discovered during the Woonsocket Easter Egg Hunt Sunday at Barry Field. The event attracted hundreds of area kids and was sponsored by the city���s Recreation Department. See story and more photos on Page 9. But they want final budget, concessions in place first By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY DAVID WUERTH ���Two Franks��� to help with Brunetti���s autism benefit By SANDY PHANEUF Valley Breeze Staff Writer email@example.com WOONSOCKET ��� Adam Brunetti is far from the first high school student to find solace in music and drama, or to use the creative endeavors to conquer and escape awkward teenage years. During 6th grade, Brunetti, who since has been diagnosed Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism, said he was bullied so badly that he���s blocked out many of the memories. ���It was really bad for a couple of years,��� he said. That was before Brunetti joined concert and jazz band, or came in contact with drama instructor Jennifer Maiello. It was before he organized two events that raised a combined $13,000 for The Autism Project of Rhode Island, and before he was befriended by members of Team StarKid, or travelled to see the group in Chicago. The musical theater company was formed in 2009 at the University of Michigan after student-run theater organization Basement Arts staged a musical parody on Harry Potter and posted it on YouTube. The video went viral, gaining the creative set a worldwide following. That same year, the cast album See BENEFIT, Page 17 WOONSOCKET ��� The city���s delegation to the General Assembly is in the process of drafting two bills aimed at getting Woonsocket out of debt, but they say they will not move the legislation forward until other elements of the Budget Commission���s five-year plan fall into place. Sen. Marc Cote said he will likely sponsor a bill authorizing the city to implement a supplemental tax aimed at bringing in an additional $2.5 million in 2013. ���We have been requested by the Budget Commission to submit the legislation and it���s our responsibility to follow through for them,��� Cote said. The tax bill, which originally placed the majority of the burden on single-family homeowners by rolling back the homestead exemption, is now expected to spread the pain more evenly among other classes of property owners. All residential properties could now see the same increase on the supplemental bill of $1.42 per thousand. Housing complexes with 11 or more units, which were previously classified as commercial property, could pay an additional tax of $1.68 cote per thousand. Motor vehicle owners, meanwhile, may be on the hook for a far greater share of the burden than originally anticipated. According to the latest plan, mapped out by the Budget Commission with input from the Woonsocket delegation over the past several weeks, the bill on vehicles would equal $5.82 per thousand of assessed value, bringing in a total of $1 million for the cash-strapped city. The remaining $1.5 million would come from real estate. Residents would have 30 days to pay the additional tax bills, which would be mailed out on May 15. Cote said that he and the other representatives recommended many of the changes to the Budget Commission���s original plan, which would have permanently decreased the homestead exemption and See BUDGET, Page 17 WHY WAIT? Woonsocket Urgent Care RE-ELECT JOHN M. WOZNIAK for ALL Your Acute and Urgent Health Care Needs! FOR BLACKSTONE BOARD OF SELECTMAN PROVEN LEADERSHIP FOR ALL CITIZENS VOTE APRIL 1ST Most Insurances Accepted No Appointment Necessary VOTE WOZNIAK Woonsocket Urgent Care Monday-Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 8am-4pm 25 John Cummings Way, Woonsocket ��� 401-235-7310 Located in the Bank of America Building Paid for by John M. Wozniak ��2013 Breeze Publications Inc.