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Town Council Sets Tax Rate Of $20.14

Members also each spoke briefly about Henry Boezi, their colleague until his death Saturday.


The Town Council voted to set the tax rate for 2012 at $20.14 per $1,000 assessed property value at their meeting Monday night. The budget was set at the , but the tax role had to be certified.

The town's budget for 2012 is $50.7 million, an increase of 3.4 percent.

The tax rate is significantly higher than last year's – which was $17.49 per $1,000 of assessed value. That reflects lower property values more than higher taxes. The town's showed an overall decrease in property values of about 10 percent. So, for taxes to remain exactly the same, the rate would still need to be about $2 higher than the 2012 rate.

Without revaluation the levy would have been approximately $18.04 per thousand, generating the same income.

In other words, for a house that had been valued at $400,000 before, a tax rate of $18.04 would result in a tax bill of $7,216.

If that same house is now valued 10 percent below the old value, it would be assessed at $360,000. The new tax rate of $20.14 for that house would result in a tax bill of $7,250. (Keep in mind some houses may have lost less than 11 percent value and some more.)

It's a bit confusing.

The first bill will be mailed in December. If you have questions, you can leave them in the Comments section here and I will try to find the answers. Or contact Tax Assessor Janice Peixinho directly at 886-8614 or jpeixinho@eastgreenwichri.com.

In other action, council members each spoke briefly about

"Henry was a champion of kids and he was dedicated to education," said Councilman Michael Kiernan.

"He loved this town, he was dedicated to this town, he loved giving back to this town," said Councilman Jeff Cianciolo. "It’s a sad day."

"It’s difficult to sit here without him in that seat," said Council President Michael Isaacs. "We should all thank Henry. Thanks Henry."

(The funeral for Henry Boezi will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church in North Kingstown. Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at on Main Street.)

The Council meets again next Monday, July 30, in a special session to vote on a replacement to complete Boezi's term, as per Town Charter.

Class of 98 July 24, 2012 at 09:09 PM
While trying not to be too incensative, given it just happend, what becomes of Mr. Boezi's town council seat? Will they finish the term out without filling it?
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Good question. According to the Town Charter, the Council must name a new member within 15 days of the vacancy. They will take up the issue at a special meeting next Monday, July 30. I'll add it to the story.
Pat Dao July 25, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Great information about the tax rate. Thank you. Pat
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Pat, You've made my day – thank you!
Ric Saborio July 25, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I've know Henry Boezi for about 10 years. He was such a gentle, warm, and compassionate man. He really cared deeply about the kids in EG. I'm certain he will be missed by many.
Ric Saborio July 25, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I recently moved from cranston to EG because I could send my daughter to the public schools here. We lived in a lovely neighborhood in Edgewood, but we had to send our daughter to private school. It became prohibitively expenseve to send her to private school for 6th grade becaus the tuition was $12,5000. In Cranston, the tax rate is currently $20.26 per $1,000. Add to that the cost of tuition and you'll get my point. It was cheaper for us to move here and send her to Cole Midddle School than it was to remain in Cranston. I love this town abd I love the schools. I have no problem with the tax rate because of the town, schools, and all the excellent services we receive for our tax money. Life is good here in EG
Ric Saborio July 25, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I recently moved from cranston to EG because I could send my daughter to the public schools here. We lived in a lovely neighborhood in Edgewood, but we had to send our daughter to private school. It became prohibitively expensive to send her to private school for 6th grade becaus the tuition was $12,500. In Cranston, the tax rate is currently $20.26 per $1,000. Add to that the cost of tuition and you'll get my point. It was cheaper for us to move here and send her to Cole Midddle School than it was to remain in Cranston. I love this town and I love the schools. I have no problem with the tax rate because of the town, schools, and all the excellent services we receive for our tax money. Life is good here in EG

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