Amid all the economic woes these days, some towns in Rhode Island are breaking local tax records. In Barrington, the town collected more taxes last month than in any month in its history. Also, the Valley Breeze reports that the North Providence city council voted down a proposed tax freeze. The councilor who proposed the tax increase hiatus said his constituents could not bear any more tax hikes. The Valley Breeze reports that the city has had some major increases recently:
The town also holds the dubious distinction of having the highest tax levy increase in the state this year, 12.8 percent. The tax levy is the dollar amount the town must raise from its citizens to support government and school operations.
The town was granted an exemption by the state to exceed the tax cap of 4.75 percent.
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