To the Editor:
On June 27 the capacity audience of concerned residents and taxpayers met at the Warwick Public Library and listened to the highly respected Rhode Island former Supreme Court Judge Robert Flanders deliver a remarkable speech concerning Warwick’s financial crisis. His honesty and integrity with facts and figures was in sharp contrast to the elected officials governing our city debt and financial future.
Mayor Solomon, whom I have always admired, responded with these words: “People drumming up fear about the city’s financial condition were either seeking attention or were operating under false pretenses. I do not agree with any of that talk. I believe it’s inaccurate and ill advised. They are running on rumors, emotions and not facts.” Sorrowfully, these words are not accurate or helpful, in my opinion.
I have lived in Warwick for 55 years and have just been given a 16 percent increase in my tax bill, the highest increase ever, by far. The hundreds and hundreds of dollars, consequently, have had the sad effect of greatly reducing the value of my Korean War veteran and elderly exemptions. Who said that being 88 doesn’t come with money problems? Verizon just increased my monthly bill by $30 – 35 percent since January. Why I retired from the Warwick School Committee I’ll never know. The $26,000 yearly income has already been greatly missed. Luckily, total income taxes should be reduced.
In closing, I hope every reader of the excellent Warwick Beacon had the opportunity to read the extraordinary and remarkable letter entitled “At the breaking point” (7/16/19) by Mike Underwood of Warwick. It was a message of an inevitable fiscal crisis, possibly leading to receivership. This can only be prevented by our elected officials exhibiting the leadership, bravery and simple guts that appears to be sorely missing at present.
We cannot allow the glass to be half empty in Warwick. All of us deserve a better future. What are the odds?