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  • Original ReportsPhoto of Fiscal Year 2019 -2.9% (Reduction) Elector Petition

    Fiscal Year 2019 -2.9% (Reduction) Elector Petition

    Rationale If voters choose this elector petition at the financial town referendum (FTR) on May 19, taxpayers will see a tax levy reduction of 2.9%, with a projected tax rate of $15.96.  That would be the first time the rate has been below $18.00 since 2012. Two motivations have driven this reduction: A valuation of all property in the town that has shifted the tax burden significantly, particularly onto residents of North Tiverton. Concern that the Town Council plans to use ordinances and the charter review process to reduce voters’ ability to decide what to do with revenue from the forthcoming Twin River casino in town and even our ability to vote on annual budgets at the FTR. Individually and as a group, the council members have given taxpayers reason to worry that our opportunity to control Tiverton taxes is under threat.  Some plans for revenue from the casino would leave little of it for tax relief, if any.  The fact that the council chose not to estimate a single penny of gambling revenue in its budget request suggests an intent to keep that money out of taxpayers’ hands.  At the same time, the council voted to explode municipal spending by almost 10%. Additionally, some proposals to change the Tiverton Home Rule charter would strip us of our right to vote on annual budgets through the FTR.  The town solicitor has stated that the council can refuse to put charter proposals from the elected Charter Review Commission on the ballot…

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  • Photo of Tiverton Board of Canvassers Picks and Chooses What Goes on the Ballot

    Tiverton Board of Canvassers Picks and Chooses What Goes on the Ballot

  • Photo of Charter Review Commission Meeting, 2/26/18

    Charter Review Commission Meeting, 2/26/18

  • Photo of Charter Review Commission Meeting, 3/1/18

    Charter Review Commission Meeting, 3/1/18

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