Yesterday Mayor Frank Picozzi forwarded City Council members the outline for a proposed $353.2 million budget representing a 3.56 percent increase in spending that projects an expected increase in …
Yesterday Mayor Frank Picozzi forwarded City Council members the outline for a proposed $353.2 million budget representing a 3.56 percent increase in spending that projects an expected increase in taxes for most taxpayers for the first time in four years.
Picozzi refused to comment on the proposed budget until council members have had the time to review it. However, based on the legal advertisement appearing in today’s Beacon, the following observations can be made. The next step is for the mayor to present his budget to the Council at public hearings May 22 and May 23 and an additional evening if necessary.
The mayor’s budget also includes 13 projects to be funded either with ARPA or federal earmark grants at a total projected cost of $32.7 million. Topping that list is the mayor’s plan for City Hall Plaza and an outdoor skating rink at $8.2 million by $7.5 million for various sewer projects and $3.2 million for repairs to the water line that ruptured in 2018 under Route 95 at the intersection of Route 37 and renovation of the bypass that has been operating since then . Also on the list is $1 million for school technology and capital that Picozzi made clear in discussing the school budget earlier this spring he views as a one time cost. On that list as well is $2.3 million in public works and safety equipment; $3 million for the first phase of improvements to the Warwick Police Station and $3.8 million in road resurfacing.
The public notice states that the proposed tax rates are based on residential and commercial valuations set by the revaluation and General Assembly approval of legislation giving the City Council, Mayor and Tax Assessor flexibility on rates applied to residential, commercial and tangible property.