Councilman David Salvatore has been a member of the Providence City Council since 2010. He represents the neighborhoods Elmhurst and Wanskuck neighborhoods. Councilman Salvatore has been a strong advocate of financial and pension reform in the city. As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Pension Sustainability during his first term, he oversaw the drafting of a report that made recommendations designed to stabilize the pension system and reduce the system’s unfunded liability.
Ward 14: Elmhurst and Wanskuck
Covering the neighborhoods of Elmhurst & Wanskuck, Ward 14 is located on the northwestern quadrant of the city. Here you'll find Providence College, La Salle Academy, and the ever-popular LaSalle Bakery. The Wanskuck Historic District was once the location of a thriving mill village built along the West River. The mills have since closed but many of the buildings are still there, located, including The Wanskuck Public Library. This historic building is located on Veazie Street. The current building replaced the original library that was built by the Wanskuck Mill Company for it's workers. Though the mill is closed, the library is still a going concern. In 1983, the historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Councilman David A. Salvatore Reintroduces Fair Housing Ordinance for Older Adults and Disabled Persons
What You Need to Know
The City of Providence announced on March 29, 2019 that the state-mandated full real estate property revaluation is complete and real estate property value assessment notices will be mailed on April 15, 2019. At this time, the following 2018 real estate revaluation procedures have been executed: Data Collection of Building Data, Building Permit Inspections, Review Analysis of Sales, Cost and Land Analysis, Income & Expense Review, Commercial Market Rate Analysis, and Table Calculations.
Providence property owners will soon receive a notice (after April 15) advising them of the new appraised value of their real estate property prior to when the new value will officially be added to the tax roll.
What You Will Receive
How To Request A Review
The notice that contains the new appraised value will also explain how to arrange for a personal informal hearing to review the proposed assessment if they so choose. Recipients are asked to follow the instructions on your notice to book an appointment with Vision Government Solutions, Inc. for a hearing on any parcel. Please bring any information to support your request for a change; hearings are by appointment only. You can make an appointment online at www.vgsi.com/schedules or by phone by calling Vision Government Solutions at 1-888-844-4300.
Hearings will begin on April 23, 2019 and end on May 17, 2019 and will be held at either the Fox Point Boys and Girls Club located at 90 Ives Street or the Neutaconkanut Recreation Center located at 675 Plainfield Street.
The Hearing Schedule is as follows:
- Monday-Thursday from 10 AM to 6 PM
- Friday from 10 AM to 4:30 PM
- Saturday, April 27 and May 11 from 10 AM to 4 PM
The notices providing the results of the informal hearing will be mailed no later than May 31, 2019 with final values delivered on June 3, 2019.
Per RI General Law 44-5-11.6, cities and towns are required to perform a statistical update every third and sixth year and a full property revaluation every nine years. Vision Government Solutions uses recent sales and market data to inform their findings.
Property owners should not use the current tax rates when estimating their 2019 tax bill. Once the notices have been mailed, property owners may view their 2018 Data on the Vision Government Solutions website.
Learn more by visiting the City of Providence Tax Assessors website.
Ordinance Will Raise Purchasing Limits for Providence Schools
With the recent resignation of Providence Superintendent of Schools Christopher Maher, Councilman David A. Salvatore has filed an ordinance to reduce red tape surrounding purchasing by City departments.
Currently, all city expenditures of $5,000 or more must be approved by the City Council. Councilman Salvatore’s ordinance would raise the threshold for sole source School Department contracts from $5,000 to $25,000.
“We cannot continue to stand by and watch as Providence Schools are crippled by overly laborious purchasing rules,” said Councilman Salvatore. “It is imperative that we maintain oversight and a system of checks and balances, but we must ensure that our schools and educators can operate efficiently and effectively. With our Superintendent of Schools announcing his resignation, we need to re-examine how we, as a city, have inadvertently created obstacles to success.”
A February 26, 2019 Providence Journal article noted that Rhode Island “state education Commissioner Ken Wagner said that what really drives away superintendents are the layers of bureaucracy that keep them from doing their jobs.” The article also included an observation from Hillary Salmons, executive director of the Providence After School Alliance that “When the City Council controls any [expenditures] over $5,000, how can anyone manage his resources? It’s going to be hard to attract leadership with a district hamstrung by these structural impediments.”
The ordinance will be introduced at the March 7, 2019 regularly scheduled meeting of the Providence City Council.