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Budget Commission Approves Water Usage Price Hike

As it stands now, the commission approved an 11 percent water rate price increase in fiscal year 2013.

The East Providence Budget Commission approved a motion to accept the proposed wastewater rate study with the option to approve price hikes in the future at Thursday afternoon's meeting in . If the study remains unchanged, an 11 percent rate increase is planned for fiscal year 2013, according to reports from East Bay Newspapers.

It seems members will opt for an increase in usage fees after a certain "cap" is met as opposed to a fixed cost increase. City Manager Peter Graczykowski said the rate increase must be approved now in order to secure a bridge loan that will pay debts and keep a project on track.

 

WJM News March 16, 2012 at 09:36 PM
It's perception that East Providence needs a Budget Commission, not reality. In todays ProJo article, "Chafee looks to empower communities" Chafee states that there are four communities that presently meet the "severely distressed" designation: Providence, Pawtucket, West Warwick and Woonsocket. Why then is East Providence the only one with a Budget Commission? The commission is here for purely dirty political reasons. It's to make this city council look bad. Here are some facts to support this. Former EP city council member Patrick Rogers was Chafee's legal council and also a good friend of very bitter and spiteful defeated councilman Joe Larisa. Just read Larisa's "from the other side of the desk" in the EP Reporter to see the bitterness towards the present city councel. In addition, Daniel Daponte and Hellio Mello, two very powerful legislators from EP, were silent on the issue of the commission being here which also points to politics. Both are members of Phillip Street Hall which hasn't had a canidate on the city council in years. Making Rogers look bad would go a long way in changing that. These individuals want to regain control, not give it up, and that is why East Providence will never see a Receiver, along with the fact that there are atleast four communities in worse shape financially than EP. I would love to see the RISP investigate the commissions presence in EP but they are the most political organization in the state and controlled by Chafee.
S March 17, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Talk about paranoia WJM News you are really stretching that one out. Don't get me wrong this council majority is at a loss of how to be honest and forthright but to blame this strictly as political. NO this is because of dishonesty; take a look at the real things that happened. The city refused to pay meeting street school and Bradley and Mary king told Bradley we have no money to pay you. They did not pay Bradley for over a year not a penny. Bradley is lifespan. Lifespan is the largest employers in the state (besides the government) now take a real look. The state sends in Bannerman to see what is happening and decides that this group has no clue so he decides the advisors are not enough so he calls in the troops. Now this motley crew decides to blame it on politics. Why? Because they take no responsibility for anything and find the need to place blame rather than stand up and take responsibility and fix it. Nope lets blame everyone else and steal form them and give it to the unions.
WJM News March 17, 2012 at 06:05 PM
S, you must be new to R.I. and it's politics or very naive.
Next City Manager March 19, 2012 at 05:14 AM
I'm going to change all that, aren't I WJM News.
Next City Manager March 19, 2012 at 05:16 AM
This city council didn't need Chafee to make it look bad, it's done fine all by itself.

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