Supplemental Tax Bill? Mayor Lombardi Will Name Names
In his editorial today, Valley Breeze publisher Tom Ward writes
You’ve got to love that Mayor Charlie Lombardi, unless you hate him, of course. This week he’s telling hometown state legislators that if they approve the state supplemental budget, the one with huge cuts in state aid to North Providence and other communities, he’ll be forced to send out an extra tax bill to residents.
On it, he’ll name the names of legislators who made the extra bill possible.
Of course, they might complain that it’s Lombardi, Town Council and School Committee members who are to blame for years of overspending, but Lombardi counters that pro-union state mandates, like the ones that force minimum manning on fire engines, balloon the budget. Lift those mandates, as Gov. Donald Carcieri has suggested, and Lombardi can balance the budget and avoid large tax hikes.