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The North Providence Breeze 9-25-13

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SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2013 A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE Breeze The north providence Run for your Life Picturesque Project Be part of the Haunted Hill Obstacle Course and Race. LIVING New Pawtucket River Bridge was a collaborative effort. PAGE 5 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Students slide into a sweet reward Google payout pushes police pension fund to 95 percent Saves taxpayers more than $1 on the rate Breeze photo by David Wuerth The Marieville School, in North Providence, rewarded students who completed their "Summer Bridge" project with an inflatable obstacle course on Friday. Beginning with kindergarten, classes were brought outside to enjoy a some fun. Here, Kylen Evora, 5, slides through the last section of the obstacle course. See more photos on page 8. Community boating center will be hub for new school marine program By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Who would have imagined that this little town with borders far from the ocean would one day launch a successful boating program? Participants say it's hard to believe that North Providence will soon be one of just three schools in the state to have a full-fledged marine technol- ogy program for its students. The new focus on boats will have a far-ranging impact on the town, bringing a community boating center to the new and improved Camp Meehan See MARINE, Page 19 By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town's police pension fund, which was once funded at less than half, is now almost fully funded thanks to a trio of cash infusions totaling $20.6 million from the North Providence Police Department's $60 million winnings from Google. New Finance Director Justin Cambio told The Breeze that the pension fund, which sat at a paltry 45 percent funding level prior to the payments into it, is now at 95 percent, according to an executive summary from Milliman, the town's actuary. The payments approved by officials from the U.S. Department of Justice not only helped the men and women with a direct stake in the pension fund but the taxpayers who help finance it, according to Cambio. Without the massive cash infusion, taxpayers' annual contribution into the fund would have jumped from $1.7 million to about $2.3 million, representing a 3 percent tax increase, or "well north of $1 on the tax rate," according to Cambio. That, in "its simplest form," is how the Google payment impacts the town and its people, said Cambio. For the owner of a home valued at $200,000, with a 20 percent homestead exemption factored in, an increase of just $1 on the rate would have meant an increase on his or her annual tax bill of $160. An increase of $1.50 would See GOOGLE, Page 14 NORTH PROVIDENCE SM ITH FIELD/ GREENVILLE 6 54-410 0 2 33-8 96 6 1818 M i neralSpri Ave. ng 375 Putnam Pi ke Sun.- Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ;Fri & Sat.11AM - 1AM . 7 $ 99 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. CARRYOUT ONLY

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