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Ward 15 Newsletter

Revaluations

Several of my neighbors have been calling me and asking me about a letter they have received regarding property tax revaluations. Every three years, the state requires the city to conduct these revaluations. Every nine years, the state requires the revaluation to include interior data collection. As you already know if you have received the letter, this is one of those years.

Within the next few weeks, inspectors will be coming out to properties in our ward to collect data from the interiors of homes and businesses. Data collectors will carry with them identification from the City Assessor’s Office and a photo identification badge. Their cars will be registered with the Providence Police Department. If someone knocks on your door asking to come inside and inspect your property and does not match the above description, I suggest asking them to come back with the proper identification.

These revaluations may affect your property taxes. If any changes are made to your valuation, the tax increase or decrease would be reflected in this summer’s tax bill. I will keep you updated on the progress of revaluations in our ward. Last time revaluations were performed, or ward saw a total property value increase of 12.64%. The value of single-family homes went up 5.43% and two-family homes increased 12.15%. While a higher property valuation may mean higher taxes, it also means property values are going up throughout our ward and our city as a whole.

The Reproductive Healthcare Act

As you may have heard, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the state’s Reproductive Healthcare Act, a state bill that would codify Roe v. Wade at the state level, in case the protections the landmark case has provided women since 1973  is stripped away at the federal level. It would also repeal outdated state laws that can not be enforced post-Roe v. Wade.  In her state of the state speech, Governor Gina Raimondo also supported the passage of this bill, which was introduced by Representative Edith Ajello and Senator Gayle Goldin.

3-1-1

Just as a reminder, those in need of any city services such as litter pickup, street signs requests, tree-related issues, graffiti or potholes can call 3-1-1 while inside the limits of the city to make a request. The city also created a 3-1-1 app, which can be downloaded for IOS here or Android here. You can also call the city council with requests or complaints at (401) 521-7477.

Recent Media Coverage

Last week I was a guest on WPRI’s Newsmakers, where I talked about the city council’s plan to form a team to address the budget.

I also spoke about the council’s priorities and immigration on The Public’s Radio last week. Our priorities include working hard on fixing education in our city, providing more affordable housing and taking input from all stakeholders on our pension issue.

This newsletter will be posted on my website and shared on my social media pages each week going forward, as a way for me to communicate information I think is important and to keep you up date on what’s going on in the city council and in the neighborhoods in Ward 15. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to reach out to me.