RIPEC: Municipal property tax system ‘out of balance,’ needs reform

A NEW REPORT by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council details how disparities in municipal tax rates and policies create imbalances that ultimately hurt communities with lower property wealth, which typically have higher tax burdens. Pictured is the tax burden by town for a home valued at $319,000 in fiscal year 2022, based on the RIPEC analysis. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE COUNCIL
PROVIDENCE – A homeowner in West Warwick pays $5,400 more in annual property taxes for the exact same house than if they lived in Little Compton. If you own a business, your property tax bill ranges even more drastically – up to $35,000 more if you live in Central Falls rather than Little Compton. And…

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  1. So the folks running Little Compton know what they are doing, while the folks running West Warwick and Central Falls don’t. What else is new?
    The smart moves would be for West Warwick to merge into Warwick and for Central Falls to merge into Pawtucket.