Tax levy increase, scout social, business closing: Five things to know in Burrillville this week

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Earth Day success

Organizers of the town’s annual Earth Day cleanup, held April 27, have announced that the event was a success in 2019, bringing out 222 volunteers who collected 4.17 tons of litter. The Burrillville Lions Club and Public Works Department thanked those who took part, as well as businesses and organizations that helped to make the event a success, including Dunkin Donuts, Roots & Shoots, Keep America Beautiful, Waste Management and the Burrillville Conservation Commission.

Residents interested in continuing to keep the town clean year-round are invited to become members of the town’s Green Team and conduct litter cleanups on their own. The town will provide bags, gloves and t-shirts, and will arrange for pickup of trash collected. Those interested should contact Public Works at (401) 568-4440 ext. 12.

Cleaner closing

Classic Cleaners at 1452 Broncos Highway will be going out of business on Thursday, May 30. Saturday, May 18 is the last day customers can drop off clothes and items must be picked up by Tuesday, May 28. Gift certificates will only be honored until that time. 

Proposed levy increase

Burrillville officials are proposing an increase to the town’s property tax levy, but once the increased values from the recent assessment are factored in, the tax rate would come down, as will motor vehicle taxes.

Under the current proposal, the town would take in $29,841,655 in the 2019-2020 budget year. The property tax levy this year was $28,743,625. The proposed FY2019 and FY2020 tax levies have excluded motor vehicle excise tax for the purpose of determining tax levy growth pursuant to current law.

The change would constitute an increase of 3.82 percent.

Burrillville is currently conducting a state-mandated revaluation of property, and it is anticipated that there will be an overall increase in property values. When coupled with the increase in the proposed tax levy, the changes would result in a property tax rate of $16.55 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, as compared to the current property tax rate of $18.20 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The preliminary FY2019-2020 motor vehicle levy includes taxes on motor vehicles at a reduced tax rate of $35 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which includes the exemption amount provided by the state’s motor vehicle excise tax phase-out legislation up to $3,000.

A real estate and personal tangible property tax rate of $16.57 would be needed in the coming budget year to raise the maximum levy authorized by section 44-5-2 of the RI General Laws.

The town will hold budget hearings on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the Burrillville Town Hall, 105 Harrisville Main St.

According to town officials, the property tax estimates have been computed in a manner approved by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue.

Happening around town

Join Kathan Mospaw Lambert on Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at Pascoag Public Library for the final genealogy session at the library until fall. Learn how to find your ancestors’ cousins and connect with living cousins. Refreshments will be served at the free event and all levels of expertise are welcome. Registration requested but not required at (401) 568-6226.

Cub Scouts Troop 102 Mapleville will hold an Ice Cream Social Meet & Greet at Our Lady of Good Help Church at 1063 Victory Highway for potential scouts, ages 5-17. Learn what the Scouts have to offer in the troop, which includes Lions through Webelos. Questions can be directed to Kim Alaire at (401) 523-0187 or kstar525@yahoo.com. May 22 7 p.m.

Age Friendly Rhode Island will hold another meeting on the topic of growing older in Burrillville on Friday, May 24 at Bradford Court at 45 Main St. in Pascoag. Everyone is invited to take part in the conversation about how to make aging in the state’s northwest corner easier. The gathering will begin with coffee and muffins at 10:15 a.m. To RSVP or for more information email info@agefriendlyri.org.

Town meetings

The Burrillville Screening Subcommittee will hold their regular meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 for an agenda that can be found here.

The Burrillville Town Council will hold their regular meeting on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall for an agenda that can be found here.

The council will also meet on Thursday, May 23 for the budget hearing referenced above.

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