The General Assembly has passed legislation requiring Bryant University to make payments to the town of Smithfield. The university is calling the bill “heavy handed.”
Unless Smithfield and Bryant can come to an agreement, the legislation allows the town to bill the university for municipal services it uses. The non-profit university sits on some 420 acres of land that state Senator Stephen Archambault said would generate $2 million in yearly taxes.
Archambault said it’s only fair that Bryant pays for the services it uses. But the university said it does. It pays for fire and rescue services, and has its own police force and garbage pickup. Bryant also said it pumps $17 million annually into the local economy.
The bill is headed to the governor’s desk. If signed, it would go into effect on March 1st.
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