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    Casino Tax Relief and FTR at Risk

    Attention Taxpayers: The Town Council recently voted for the ultimate power grab, proposed by Town Council Vice President John Edwards V: Eliminate the Budget Committee, eliminate your FTR, and put the Town Council in charge of all spending and taxation. Amazingly this vote passed 4-1 with Hilton, Lebeau, Edwards, and Chabot in voting favor. Add in Hilton’s proposed charter changes intended to strip your FTR voter rights and Lebeau’s recent call for an ordinance for Town Council control of the casino revenue, and there is no doubt of what this Council wants: Thwart the will of the taxpaying voter at any cost. In contrast, at a Budget Committee meeting a year ago, current Town Council President Denise deMedeiros then stated that addressing the casino gaming revenue was the reason that a Charter Review Commission (CRC) was being formed. Then last July Tiverton voters overwhelmingly elected all nine of nine CRC candidates endorsed by the Tiverton Taxpayers Association (TTA) whose campaign platform featured 1) protecting the Financial Town Referendum and 2) ensuring that the casino gaming revenue was available to lower property taxes. In honoring its pledge to taxpayers, the CRC has approved a measure that would rebate 65% of the annual casino gaming revenue to residential taxpayers by either check or a quarterly tax credit, make 10% available for the general fund, and, largely as a compromise, deposit 25% into a dedicated Capital Improvement Fund (CIF) to address town infrastructure needs. The rebate protects the taxpayer by immediately and directly…

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  • Photo of School Surpluses in a Political Scene with No Memory

    School Surpluses in a Political Scene with No Memory

  • Photo of Budget Committee Meeting, 2/8/18

    Budget Committee Meeting, 2/8/18

  • Photo of Proposed Charter Changes to Benefit Taxpayers

    Proposed Charter Changes to Benefit Taxpayers

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