PAWTUCKET â€” By an 8 to 0 vote, the City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to an amended city operating budget for fiscal year 2014 that requires no property tax increase.
The $111 million spending plan will go into effect at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. Under this budget, the property tax rates will remain unchanged from FY13, with the residential rate at $23.06 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and the commercial rate at $30.88 per $1,000.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When Sam Ackerman, a Cumberland High School junior, saw news reports last February that Mississippi had, after all these years, finally ratified the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery, he wondered which constitutional amendments Rhode Island hadnâ€™t ratified.His research found that Rhode Island has not ratified four of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, more than any other state in the union. One that piqued his interest was the 17th Amendment, calling for the direct election of U.S.