John Ward http://ripr.org en Woonsocket Residents Vote For Change http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-residents-vote-change <p>In Woonsocket, voters have chosen a new mayor.</p><p>They voted by a more than 2-1 margin to elect&nbsp; State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, ousting incumbent mayor Leo Fontaine.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Baldelli-Hunt will take the reins of a city that severely raised property taxes to avoid bankruptcy.&nbsp; Like many residents, voter Farid Latash said the city's financial problems are frustrating.</p><p>"Big problem with the taxes.&nbsp; Nobody working.&nbsp; Nobody got no money.&nbsp; They keep raising taxes, raising everything.&nbsp; That's about it," said Latash.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:59:35 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison & John Bender 24378 at http://ripr.org Woonsocket Residents Vote For Change Woonsocket Supplemental Tax Bill Returns to Statehouse http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-supplemental-tax-bill-returns-statehouse <p></p><p>The budget commission that’s running the city of Woonsocket has asked area lawmakers to introduce a bill that would authorize a $2.5 million dollar supplemental tax increase. &nbsp;It’s part of a plan to bail out the financially distressed community.</p><p>The average Woonsocket resident would pay an additional $150 in property taxes and $90 in vehicle taxes under terms of a supplemental tax bill introduced by two state lawmakers. The aim is to raise $2.5 million. It’s part of a larger plan to erase a $17 million deficit over the next five years.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:58:48 +0000 Flo Jonic 13260 at http://ripr.org Woonsocket Supplemental Tax Bill Returns to Statehouse Bonus Q+A: John Ward talks Woonsocket politics and His Legislative Wish List http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-john-ward-talks-woonsocket-politics-and-his-legislative-wish-list <p>Woonsocket City Council President John Ward is our guest on Bonus Q+A as we talk Woonsocket's economy, its upcoming mayoral race, consolidation, the historic tax credit, and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 11560 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Ward Concerned About Tax Impact on CVS jobs http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-ward-concerned-about-tax-impact-cvs-jobs <p></p><p>Woonsocket City Council President John Ward visits the Roundtable this week to talk about the outlook for fiscal stability in the northern Rhode Island community; the debate over tax policy in Rhode Island; and how to keep more young workers in the Ocean State.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis, Scott MacKay & Maureen Moakley 11552 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Ward Concerned About Tax Impact on CVS jobs Woonsocket retirees being asked to accept concessions http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-retirees-being-asked-accept-concessions <p>Municipal retirees in Woonsocket are being asked Monday to accept pension and healthcare concessions as part of a five-year plan to improve the city's finances.</p><p>City Council President John Ward, a member of a state budget commission, says a freeze in 3 percent annual cost of living adjustments in Woonsocket's local pension plan is part of the proposal.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:28:38 +0000 Ian Donnis 10926 at http://ripr.org