Tax Increases in Warwick
As reported by the ProJo, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian’s new budget includes significant tax increases (both in the property tax and imposition of the car tax) on the city’s residents. Additionally, the Warwick Beacon provided this helpful graphic to illustrate what it could mean for your average, two-car Warwick household:
Avedisian blames the 2010 floods, the bad economy and other unforseen events–like the contracts he’s negotiated over the past decade–as well as the by-now common tactic of blaming the school department. He asks for nearly $8 million more in spending (almost a 3% increase over last year) and touts the departmental cuts and layoffs he’s made to cut costs. In essence, he argues, it’s a revenue problem not a spending problem. The truth, of course, is that while nearly every other line item has been cut, the contractual obligations continue to rise higher than the revenue stream. This can be addressed, if the political will is there.