Does Providence need an administrative, rather than political, approval process for tax-stabilization agreements for all areas of the city, for all but the biggest projects?

HOTEL HIVE PROVIDENCE, the proposed $39 million reuse of two vacant downtown buildings, was approved for a tax break by the Providence City Council, after a subcommittee opposed it. / COURTESY ABDO DEVELOPMENT
The Providence City Council needed to use a parliamentary procedure to vote on a requested 20-year tax-stabilization agreement from the city, after a subcommittee voted to keep the request from reaching the full council. Reasons for the dissenting finance subcommittee votes ranged from distrust that the TSA for the $39 million Hotel Hive Providence proposal…

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