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The North Providence Breeze 07-12-2017

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Town's new residential tax rate set at $26.14 BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY ERIK DENEAULT, standing in the front stairwell of the old E.A. Brayton School, says the cost of converting the build- ing into a center for nonprofit groups may prove too costly, but he's going to try to raise the money need- ed over the next few months. Planned Hero Building in jeopardy as grants fail to come through Deneaults kick off last-ditch crowdfunding effort NORTH PROVIDENCE – A local couple looking to turn the old E.A. Brayton School in Centredale into a modern center for nonprofit organizations say they aren't yet giv- ing up on their dream, despite con- tinued setbacks. North Providence residents Erik and Dawn Deneault have zeroed in on a last-ditch strategy for transform- ing the former brick schoolhouse into the "Hero Building." They've started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $1 million needed for the project. Erik Deneault conceded that he and his wife are running out of options on overhauling the dilapi- By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See HERO BUILDING, Page 6 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Officials are saying radon levels in North Providence classrooms are not alarming, citing past and current test data and Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. Josephine Saltzman, owner of Ocean State Analytical Services, told The Breeze she's conducted "long- term, follow-up" tests at all North Providence schools, as well as what she called "short-term" exams. While March 2016 "short-term tests" showed higher levels of radon, a radioactive gas, in two classrooms at Whelan Elementary and in "crawl Officials: Radon levels in schools don't require mitigation By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer brittany@valleybreeze.com See RADON, Page 4 Breeze THE NORTH PROVIDENCE A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE valleybreeze.com @ JULY 12-18, 2017 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town's new residential tax rate, with a 28-cent tax increase factored in, will be $26.14, said Mayor Charles Lombardi this week, or $1.80 lower than the 2016-2017 rate of $27.94 per $1,000 of assessed value. After a town-wide revaluation saw property values bumped up by 8 percent overall, Tax Assessor Tom Kane this week certified the tax roll at a rate of $25.86 after factoring in the equalization of property values, said Lombardi. The town is required to lower its rate to account for higher values before instituting a tax rate increase or decrease. For the average owner of a $200,000 home, their annual property tax bill will go up by about $46 with a 20 percent homestead exemption factored in, said Lombardi, or $4,470 to $4,516. If that same family has a $15,000 car, they'll save about $23 with the town's new $1,000 car tax exemption replacing a $500 exemp- tion, for a $23 increase overall when counting residential and car taxes. 401-228-8775 401-228-8775 Now Accepting New Patients Wellesley Medical Building 1515 Smith Street, Suite M, North Providence, RI 02911 Lombardi Medical Associates LLC A NTHONY J. L OMBARDI , J R , MD Internal Medicine See TAX RATE, Page 4 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com

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