Last night at the end of the Warwick city council meeting, city car tax revenue was described as being equivalent to "a drug and a dependency" and that the city of Warwick has "grown accustomed to the car tax revenue" in order to balance the budget. It was then stated that if the city would be looking to increase the car tax exemption (it should be eliminated completely), supplemental financial assistance should come from the state to make up for that car tax revenue loss.
No. That's not what should happen.
This past budget year, the city council found millions of dollars in savings in an amended budget, but the dog and pony show quickly reversed course and went with the original budget that totaled $0 in savings to Warwick taxpayers.
There are major financial issues that thrive within city municipal departments and the Warwick city council continues to do absolutely nothing about it.
The city council spent more time last night debating on the costs of new slides for a children's playground in Potowomut, than they ever have when it comes to millions of dollars- slip, slidin' away- into the endless abyss of waste and fraud taking place within our city.
When a city has faced almost 20 straight years of non stop tax increases, who's really doing too much of the taking and who's doing too much of the giving?
Are gas stations and big box stores (more closing than staying in business) going to be the legacy of revenue growth for the city of Warwick? When is the last time a manufacturing company decided to locate to Warwick?
It's not hard to see what has become of a city when schools are closing and a city council is squabbling over children's slides. Who is going to have the guts over the next 2 years to crack down on the waste and fraud that is destroying any hope for a prosperous Warwick future? Who's going to make that -a mission?