Top 10 entities pay 8 percent of town’s tax bill

Top 10 entities pay 8 percent of town’s tax bill

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town’s biggest taxpayers in 2017 are utilities, apartment complexes, health facilities and a big box store.

The top 10 taxpayers pay a combined $5.9 million in annual taxes, according to a listing provided to The Breeze through a records request this week. That’s more than 8 percent of the overall $70 million town tax levy, or the amount collected in taxes from all town taxpayers.

The listing from the town’s finance department shows that Narragansett Electric is far in the lead as the biggest taxpayer in town, with tangible taxes for local electric utilities totaling $1,749,483.

Second on the list is Douglas Apartments on Douglas Avenue, at $835,025 on building and land assessments.

The third biggest taxpayer is the Brentwood Apartments on Smithfield Road, at $586,484 in taxes based on building assessments.

Our Lady of Fatima Hospital owner Prospect CharterCARE comes in fourth, with $567,000 in taxes being paid on land and buildings on High Service Avenue and Fruit Hill Avenue this year. Now in the midst of a 10-year tax stabilization agreement, the hospital will eventually pay $783,000 in annual taxes.

The fifth and sixth taxpayers on the list are also housing complexes. They are the Greystone Mills (lofts) on Waterman Avenue, at $463,734, and the Shorewood Apartments on Bicentennial Way, at $416,305.

JGF Realty, which pays taxes on the Lowe’s Home Improvement property on the corner of Douglas Avenue and Mineral Spring Avenue, is seventh on the taxpayer list, paying $347,212 in annual taxes for land and the building at the busy intersection.

Coming in eighth is the Hopkins Health Center/Hopkins Manor on Smithfield Road, at $337,668.

Ninth on the list is the city of Providence on behalf of the Providence Water Supply Board, at $285,107.

Coming in 10th is the Pezzelli Nursing Home (Golden Crest Nursing Centre), at $261,754.


No surprise here, no industry or businesses can afford to be in this town, it will always fall on the backs of the home owners for paying for the out of control spending and loose management.

And where would you suggest putting these titans of industry? If the state can't draw them in, where is a packed town supposed to put them? And can you elaborate more on your comments about "out of control spending and loose management?" The only loose management I'm seeing right now is your loose lips trolling every single article on this website.

Where can we put these titans of industry? Well, let's see. We have a dilapilated building on the corner of Mineral Spring and Smithfield Rd. We just found space for a Dollar General and Dollar Store. It would have been nice to have something a bit more upscale, don't you think? We have an abandoned mill that's being converted to apartments. We had another mill on Waterman Ave that was converted to Apartments on the Johnston line. So don't ask a stupid question like, where are we going to put them. I agree that there isn't much space left in this town. With a little "planning" (I know that's a 4 letter word in this town) we can get some real industry in this town. Instead, we get dollar stores, Dunkin Donuts up the whazzoo, and the town gets more and more depressed.