Supplemental tax bill for Woonsocket slated to be mailed next week

Supplemental tax bill for Woonsocket slated to be mailed next week

WOONSOCKET – The city's Budget Commission has given Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste a unanimous go-ahead to send out a supplemented bill slated to bring in an additional $2.5 million in revenue for a fiscal year that has already passed.

The legislation authorizing the additional tax was approved during the final days of session at the General Assembly, contingent on the Commission's ability to provide evidence of at least $3.75 million in savings via changes in agreements with retirees and active unions. State officials said Monday that they have the proof of annualized savings of around $4.7 million from concessions, and other enactments they've passed to alter expired collective bargaining agreements to force them to meet their criteria. The enactments, which took effect on July 1, are likely to be challenged in court, and one suit regarding the changes to health care benefits for retirees is already under way.

Celeste said the bills will be sent out by the end of next week. The tax, which will become a permanent part of the city's base levy, amounts to a 18.7 percent increase on motor vehicles, and 4.8 percent increase on residential property. Owner occupied single family dwellings and condominiums are excluded from the deal. The bills must be paid all at once, according to the Commission's ordinance, and will be due by Aug. 30.

The funds will be applied to fiscal year 2013, which ended on June 30.