Town keeps taxes down
A chart comparing 2018 tax rates among northern Rhode Island communities shows that despite increases, Burrillville’s tax rates are still below average. The town’s rate of $18.20 per $1,000 falls roughly in the middle of the eight towns compared here, and when the relatively low average home value is factored in, Burrillville residents will have the lowest average tax bill for fiscal year 2019.
Register to vote
The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming primary is approaching.
Residents must register by Monday, Aug. 13 to be eligible. Vote.ri.gov is a one-stop shop to register, update registration information, find your elected officials and learn about how elections work in Rhode Island.
Eco Depot rescheduled
The town’s 2018 hazardous waste collection event has been rescheduled and will not take place until next year. The event, scheduled for October 20, will now take place on May 11.
Residents looking to dispose of hazardous items can take them to Rhode Island Resource Recovery Center at 65 Shun Pike, Johnston between 8 a.m. and noon on August 11, October 20 and December 15.
Roselli gets the election ink
Paul Roselli, who is running for Senate District 23 representing Burrillville, Glocester and Slatersville collected 277 signatures for his nomination, the highest figure for any general assembly race in Rhode Island.
The number was nearly twice the amount turned in by other candidates running in his district.
Senate candidates must obtain a minimum of 100 signatures while those seeking election to the house must obtain 50. Other candidates that collected over 200 signatures were Democrats Dawn Euer, obtaining 231 signatures for Senate District 13; and Hanna Gallo with 226 for Senate 27; and Republican Elaine Morgan with 246 for Senate 23.
Democrat Laufton Ascencao, the only candidate in the house to break the 200 mark with 209, is running for District 68.
Hearing schedule on power plant updated
The schedule of hearings before the Energy Facilities Siting Board on Invenergy Thermal Development LLC’s application to build a power plant off Wallum Lake Road has been updated and can be found here.
Hearings are held at RI Public Utilities Commission Hearing Room at 89 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick and will be streamed live here.
According to EFSB rules, the board will issue its final decision not later than 120 days after the commencement of final hearings or not later than 60 days after all testimony and evidence has been received, whichever time period is shorter.