To the Editor:
Saturday, June 3 the City Council passed a budget that, for the first time in at least 17 years, will not have a tax increase. Holding the line on taxes not only benefits taxpayers, it also sends a clear message that Warwick is open for business. Continuing to strengthen our business environment will attract more companies to Warwick and give those currently operating here confidence to invest and expand. Growing businesses will result in increased revenue for Warwick, which we can reinvest in our schools, infrastructure, and community assets.
Developing this city budget free of tax increases was a collaborative effort. Each member of the City Council made reasonable deductions to the proposed budget so we could benefit all city taxpayers. This budget was also possible because of sacrifices made by other members of the team, such as our city departments. I was confident in voting for this budget because I know our city departments will continue to provide taxpayers with exceptional services. The Fire, Police and Public Works Departments, along with other departments across the city, are comprised of people dedicated to serving our community.
While we all wish we could provide more services and programs, having a budget that holds the line on taxes not only provides taxpayers a short-term benefit this year, but could also result in added benefits in the future. The more attractive we make the city to new home buyers and business owners, the more likely they will chose Warwick as their desired location.
City Council Ward 7