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The North Providence Breeze 4-2-14

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. A Valley Breeze Newspaper Breeze The norTh providence FREE @ APRIL 2-8, 2014 Honoring tHe Arts McGuire Elementary students awarded for artistic efforts. pAGe 5 By eThAn ShoreY Breeze staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi's $92.6 million budget proposal for the 2014-2015 fiscal year calls for a 50-cent tax hike for home and commercial property owners. The 50-cent increase would be due to a proposed boost in revenue from the town of $634,000 to the North Providence School Department, an amount that is slightly less than half of the more than $1.3 million increase school officials are looking for. The $1.3 million request is in addition to the $1.5 million more that the schools are ten- tatively set to get next year due to changes in Rhode Island's education funding formula under Gov. Lincoln Chafee's proposed budget. "Although the School Department is justified in its request, I find it difficult justify- ing a tax increase of nearly one dollar during these difficult eco- nomic times," said Lombardi in his budget letter. The town's current residential real estate tax rate is $24.29 Lombardi budget calls for 50-cent tax increase Whole amount would come from increase to schools By eThAn ShoreY Breeze staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – Local meal and beverage taxes were down significantly in this town during the first half of the fiscal year, a sign that people aren't buying as many meals from local restaurants and mer- chants. North Providence was one of five communities in the state, along with Woonsocket, to see the biggest drops in local col- lections of the 1 percent meal and beverage tax. Overall revenue for the first seven months of this fiscal year, from July through January, showed that North Providence collected just $180,965 in meal and beverage taxes, compared to $203,577 last year at this time, for an overall decline of 11.1 percent. The drop of $22,612 was more than double that of Woonsocket, which saw a decline of $11,513. Woonsocket was the only other community in The Breeze readership area that saw a drop in meal and beverage taxes. Three abutting communi- ties, Providence, Lincoln and Smithfield, were in the top five for greatest growth during that period, with Providence raking in $115,761 over what it did a year ago, Lincoln pulling in $47,446 more, and Smithfield Local meals taxes down, but there's optimism for rebound see BUdGeT, Page 9 Breeze Photo By ethan shorey pAUl penTA, owner of Pauly Penta's on Mineral Spring Avenue, and his daughter GiAnnA are all smiles despite sales being down about 10 percent. The town's meal and beverage taxes overall are falling short of last year's numbers. see TAXeS, Page 14 gAme on Choose your adventure at 5 Wits at Patriot Place. livinG "like" us on "Follow" us on

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