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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-5-13

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DECEMBER 5-11, 2013 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket FREE Breeze The valley DESTINATION NORTH POLE Polar Express more magical than ever. See story in LIVING; photos on PAGE 25 @ "Like" us on Woonsocket nonprofits notified of impending tax bill KEEPING IT LOCAL Residents heed message, shopped hometown stores. PAGE 23 Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers 'We'll turn our fortunes around' A new chapter begins: Baldelli-Hunt, Chafee aim for city solvency 'in short order' By SANDY SEOANE By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer Valley Breeze Staff Writer WOONSOCKET – The city's non-profit groups will be taxed on their real estate for the first time beginning with the July 2014 billing cycle, thanks to the findings of an audit ordered last year by the City Council. The first 13, which will owe a combined $382,040, were notified by letter on Nov. 25 and more groups may soon be added to the list, say city officials. New taxpayers include organizations such as Seven Hills Rhode Island, which will be billed more than $100,000 in 2014 under the plan. Others who will be sent new tax bills this year include YWCA Rhode Island, on the hook for around $30,000; Le Club Par X, which must pay around $8,700 and St. Joseph's Veterans Association, which will be charged more than $17,000. Family Resources Community Action, a social service organization that provides family support, housing and employment opportunities for low income WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket's new mayor is not alone in her mission to restore fiscal stability in a city that's flirted with bankruptcy for the past two years, at least if the army of state officials who surround and support her is any indication. Vowing to "turn the city around" and bring Woonsocket back to solvency, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt was sworn in Tuesday night among a crowd of government officials and elated fans at the See TAX, Page 10 'Get a budget, get an audit, and we're out of here.' Governor Chafee About disbanding the Budget Commission Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center. "By all of us working together, I know we will soon turn our fortunes around," the new mayor said. "All of us want to see a better day." The inaugural event served as both an official proceeding and a celebration as the See NEW, Page 6 Five named for city's first appointed school board Valley Breeze photo by David Wuerth Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt waves to supporters after delivering her inaugural address Tuesday night at the Stadium Theatre. Charles L. Kirby Insurance Auto • Home • Business • We protect you for less • Quote Line – 401-762-4501 • Independent Insurance Agency Since 1957 • Licensed in RI & MA Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays by Appointment 69 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 02896 Rick Dowling – 401-762-4500 e-mail: web: ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. WOONSOCKET – New Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has named the city's first appointed School Committee on Tuesday and all are newcomers to the job. Also Tuesday, Al Brien was elected president of the City Council, replacing John Ward, who didn't survive the November election. News about the school board and council head, along with Baldelli-Hunt's listing of administrative staff, completes the news about the city's leadSee SCHOOL, Page 6

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