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Oct 29, 2013

Lisa Baldelli Hunt


BALDELLI-HUNT SAYS DECISION TO REJECT MAYOR FONTAINE’S $6.6M TAX HIKE IN 2012 SAVED TAXPAYERS MILLIONS

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BALDELLI-HUNT SAYS DECISION TO REJECT MAYOR FONTAINE’S $6.6M TAX HIKE IN 2012 SAVED TAXPAYERS MILLIONS

(Woonsocket, 10/28/13) In May of 2012, when Mayor Leo Fontaine was seeking legislative approval of a $6.6 million tax hike in Woonsocket, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt stood up with other members of the House delegation and said no to the supplemental tax proposal. She was attacked by the Mayor for blocking that massive tax increase. Baldelli-Hunt said the move forced Mayor Fontaine and the state budget commission to come up with a more realistic plan to fix the city’s budget shortfall. When Fontaine and the budget commission made their revised supplemental tax proposal in 2013, it called for a much smaller tax hike of $2.5 million, saving Woonsocket homeowners over $4 million.
“Standing up and opposing that first proposal wasn’t easy, but it saved the taxpayers of Woonsocket from an even more devastating situation because Mayor Fontaine clearly hadn’t done everything he could do to cut costs,” said Baldelli-Hunt. “As Mayor, my goal going forward will be to restore fiscal stability to City Hall and make sure that we maintain local control of our budget process. To do that, we need to control spending and focus on bringing new businesses and new jobs to our city with a strong economic development plan.”