As General Assembly wraps up session, Woonsocket's finances take a turn for the worse

PROVIDENCE, RI – Woonsocket's fiscal crisis is taking a turn for the worse. Woonsocket will run short of cash after the city's legislative delegation wouldn't support a 13 percent supplemental tax increase.

State revenue director Rosemary Booth Gallogly says she was unwilling to sign off on a five-point plan backed by Woonsocket's state reps. Among other things, the lawmakers wanted a smaller single-digit tax increase. They also wanted Mayor Leo Fontaine and/or city council president John Ward removed from a commission overseeing city finances. Gallogly says the status quo will cause layoffs and cuts in services.

"There's going to be some very significant impacts on the citizens of the City of Woonsocket," Gallogly says. "I don't think it's going to play out well at all if there's no supplemental tax."

One of Woonsocket's state representatives, Jon Brien, declined to discuss talks with the governor's office during a brief exchange with reporters.

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