PAWTUCKET â€” Despite a couple of last-minute pleas from residents to do otherwise, the City Council voted Wednesday night to give final passage to a new operating budget of about $178 million that will necessitate a property tax increase for homeowners of 80 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
The 7-1 vote followed the same pattern as it did at a session on June 7, when 8 of 9 council members gave the spending plan proposed by Mayor Donald Grebien their reluctant approval. Councilor James Chadwick, who had voted to support the budget at the last meeting, was absent on Wednesday.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien, right, gets some help from City Councilor Christopher O'Neill, who represents District 3 where Slater Park is located, in christening one of several new paddleboats on Thursday. The boats will return to the park's Slater Pond on Saturday after a lapse of nearly a half-century. In lieu of champagne, a pink-ribboned bottle of spring water did the honors. The paddleboats, three of which are designed as swans, will be available at the boathouse from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through September. After Labor Day, the paddleboats will be available on weekends.