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April 25, 2022
Mayor Proposes Budget with Zero Percent Tax Increase
PAWTUCKET- Mayor Donald R. Grebien will be officially submitting the Fiscal Year 2023 budget to the Pawtucket City Council by the end of this week, which includes a zero percent tax increase for taxpayers.
“Working collaboratively with the City Council, this budget will be a zero percent tax increase to the taxpayers we represent. This budget is fiscally responsible and will still invest in the quality-of-life issues important to our community,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “Our families have been through so much in the past few years and my Administration worked to pare down our departmental budgets as much as possible as to not put strain on the residents who were so impacted by COVID-19 both physically and financially. We have asked for their patience as we worked through the pandemic to bring them the resources they needed while also being as fiscally responsible as possible and appreciate their dedication.”
The proposed FY23 budget includes continued funding of our schools and increased school facilities investments, continued funding for Public Safety, and the continuation of major ongoing projects.
“We appreciate the work that the Departments did to provide the Council and Administration with their highest priority of needs from a budgeting standpoint,” said Council President David P. Moran. “The Council understands the strain that has been put on the residents and we look forward to reviewing this proposed zero percent tax increase.”
“The City and Council’s main priority is to continue to provide the residents and taxpayers of Pawtucket with what they need,” said Council President Pro Tempore Terrence E. Mercer. “Taking a look at this proposed budget with that zero percent increase, we hope to continue to do just that.”
“We will do our due diligence in assessing this proposed budget as we always have in years past,” said Finance Committee Chair, Councilor Mark J. Wildenhain. “It is our responsibility to ensure that the budget is sustainable and responsible.”
Additional bonding for school renovations is anticipated for this fall with the continuation of major investments in the school projects already underway and proposed new combined high school campus at the site of McCoy Stadium.
The proposed FY23 budget will be formally introduced at the May 11th meeting of the Pawtucket City Council.
- Mayor Donald R. Grebien