Salvatore asks auditor to review Providence trash barrel fines

PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCILMAN David A. Salvatore has asked the internal auditor to look into whether residents were overcharged for leaving their trash barrels out too long. / COURTESY DAVID A. SALVATORE

PROVIDENCE – A Providence City Councilman has asked the internal auditor to review a city practice of applying fines to residents who leave their trash barrels out too long.

The city code for homeowners who leave the bins out past midnight on the day of collection provides for a fine at $25 for first offense and $50 for a second offense, with subsequent fines to reach $100, according to Councilman David A. Salvatore.

Following a WJAR-TV NBC 10 news story on $50 first-offense fines assessed to homeowners, he has asked the city council’s auditor to review the situation.

“While it is possible that this is an honest mistake, these fines are very real for the homeowners being assessed, and this is a serious oversight that could put the city on the hook for restitution to homeowners who were overcharged,” Salvatore said.

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Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com.

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