Ward 15

Councilwoman Sabina Matos

Sabina Matos was first elected to the Providence City Council in 2010, and was re-elected in 2018. She represents Ward 15, which includes Olneyville as well as parts of the Silver Lake and Valley neighborhoods. In 2015, Matos became the first Latina elected as Council President Pro Tempore in Providence’s history. In January of 2019 she was elected by a majority of her peers as the first Latina City Council President.



Ward 15: Olneyville, Silver Lake, Valley

Ward 15 is located on the Southwest end of the city and covers the neighborhoods of Olneyville, Valley, and portions of Silver Lake.

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Bringing Back the Homestead

The City Council Leadership Team Announces Tax Levy to Benefit All Residents

In April of this year, Mayor Elorza presented to the City and the Council his 2020 budget which included a $15 Million increase from the last fiscal year. In his proposal and budget address, the Mayor failed to mention the severity of his tax levy increase and how it disproportionately burdens the City’s most vulnerable residents. Under his proposal, the City’s lowest-valued homes would see tax bills jump upwards of 20% while the City’s most valuable homes would see decreases in their tax bills.

As a Council, we find it unsettling to request a budget increase of $15 Million by asking our hardworking taxpayers to pay more. That’s why today, the City Council leadership team, introduced a tax levy proposal which includes a homestead exemption that more equitably distributes the burden of the costs of running our City across all of our residents.

“The plan that we are proposing would give a 40% exemption for the first $350K assessed value for homeowners, and then a 28% exemption on the assessed value after that,” stated Council President Sabina Matos. “This plan provides much-needed relief for those individuals who are on fixed incomes or are single parents and just trying to make ends meet. I think of people I know in our community, which with the revaluation saw massive increases in their assessed values. This plan would help mitigate that huge tax burden, and provide much-needed assistance to all residents in every neighborhood across Providence.”

Currently, our City is facing serious financial challenges like an unfunded billion dollar pension liability, skyrocketing infrastructure needs, and while the Council acknowledges these expenditures to be essential, we don’ t think they should be collected on the backs of our most vulnerable residents. We have been working through the budgeting process and feel that this plan helps to mitigate the imbalances in the Mayor’s proposal.

Chairman of the Committee on Finance, John J. Igliozzi stated, “There is not an endless source of money to keep our city running, and as one of the only cites in the state of Rhode Island that does not have a homestead exemption, it only makes sense that we explore this route.

As we move forward through this budgeting process, the Council hopes that we can come to an agreement with the Mayor and his administration that is equitable and fair for everyone.

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Update on Budgeting Process

Statement from Council President Sabina Matos and Councilman and Chairman of the Council’s Committee on Finance John J. Igliozzi, Esq.:

The City Council received the Mayor’s budget at the end of April, and are working through the budgeting process. This includes vetting various portions of the budget and working collaboratively with the administration to create a budget that serves all residents. Both the Council and the administration are doing modeling to find the most equitable way to address the revaluations, that in some cases were disproportionately higher in certain neighborhoods. City Council members were briefed on a proposal for tax relief to garner their feedback, and at this time any information that has been relayed does not reflect that proposal. The Committee on Finance meets often during the budgeting season and is open to the public, and we encourage residents to come and take part. We believe in transparency and being open in our discussions. Our goal as the City Council is to ensure that all neighborhoods have an equitable seat at the table, and during this process, we will continue to explore all options to keep taxes down, while our obligations as a city continue to rise.

Follow the below link to find out when the next Committee on Finance will take place: http://providenceri.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

Declaración de la Presidenta del Consejo Sabina Matos y el Concejal y Presidente del Comité de Concejo de Finanza John J. Igliozzi, Esq.

El Consejo Municipal ha recibido el presupuesto del alcalde al final de abril, y están trabajando a través de un proceso de presupuestación. Esto incluye la investigación de varias porciones del presupuesto y trabajando colaborativamente con la admiración para crear un presupuesto que les sirve a todos los residentes. Ambos el consejo y la administración están haciendo planes para encontrar la manera mas equitativa para abordar las reevaluaciones, en algunos casos están desproporcionadamente mas alta en ciertos vecindarios. Los miembros del consejo fueron informados de una propuesta para la reducción de impuestos para reunir sus opiniones y comentarios, y en estos momentos cualquier información que ha sido transmitida no refleja la propuesta del presupuesto. El comité de finanza se reúne a menudo y está abierto al público. Nosotros recomendamos que los residentes vengan a las y tomen parte. Nuestra meta en el Concejo Municipal es asegurarnos que todas las comunidades tengan un clamo equitativo en la mesa y que durante este proceso continuaremos a explorar opciones para mantener los impuestos bajos mientras cumplimos con nuestras obligaciones como ciudad que continúa mejorándose.

Siga el enlace a continuación para saber cuándo tendrá lugar el Comité de Finanzas: http://providenceri.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

City Council Passes Pride Resolution

City Council Passes Resolution Welcoming June as Pride Month

At the June 6, 2019 City Council meeting Council President Sabina Matos (Ward 15) and Councilwoman Rachel M. Miller (Ward 13) introduced a resolution welcoming the month of June as PRIDE month in Providence. The resolution was unanimously passed by the full council.

“Providence is a city that welcomes everyone, regardless of their gender, race, orientation, religion or how they identify,” stated City Council President Sabina Matos. “As a Catholic, I was deeply hurt by the remarks of Bishop Tobin regarding the LGBTQIA+ community, and believe that God welcomes all and stand by Mark 12:31, ‘The second {commandment} is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.’”

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which many consider being the catalyst that moved the gay liberation movement forward. In the early hours of June 28, 1969 Trans-women and men, gays, lesbians, and their ally’s took to the streets after continued abuse at the hands of the New York City Police in a series of riots that would propel the movement forward to where we are today.

“We can’t forget that Pride’s origin was a broad social movement for equity and inclusion. That’s especially true in today’s political climate while the LGBTQIA community is organizing to stop a national rollback on some hard-won victories,” Councilwoman Rachel M. Miller stated. “As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I was angered by Bishop Tobin’s recent comments but I’m proud to create an opportunity for elected officials to be on the side of love and on the side of affirming and supporting our LGBTQIA+ community.”

The first Pride march in Providence took place in 1976 when over 70 brave men and women, marched in Kennedy Plaza, after winning the right to do so after a court battle handled by the ACLU. They were taunted by police and residents alike, yet they were not deterred. Today, known as the “76’ers,” Belle Pelegrino one of the original marchers, told The Providence Journal that, “We totally expected that when we stepped into the plaza, gunfire was going to come. We thought we were going to die.”

As noted by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time, Rolling Stone, CNN, and countless other news outlets the Trump administration has continually rolled back almost every single LGBTQIA+ protection that were put in place by previous administrations. This is why the City Council believes it is more important than ever to memorialize and codify their support for all members of our community.

Pride is celebrated around the world during the month of June, in recognition of the Stonewall Riots that took place on the morning of June 28, 1969. This year marks the 43rd Anniversary of Providence Pride which has grown from a march of 70 men and women to a weekend celebration that brings 1000’s of people to our city in celebration of equality and love.

In 2018, the City Council officially recognized the month of June as Pride Month in perpetuity and was passed by the full Council. The Providence City Council celebrates and recognizes the contributions, struggles, risks, and many identities of Providence’s LGBQIA+ community and their families and proudly affirms that love is love.

The City Council recognizes and thanks Rhode Island Pride for all they do to for the community not just on Pride weekend, but throughout the year. Pride takes place on Saturday, June 15 with Pridefest taking place along South Main Street (North from Memorial Boulevard and South Water Street to the South ending at Wickenden Street) from 12 pm – 7 pm. It will culminate in New England’s only illuminated night Pride Parade that begins at 8 pm and will travel down Dorrance Street, to Washington Street, to Empire Street and ends on Weybosset Street. This year’s theme is #LiveYourTruth.

For more information on Rhode Island Pride, please visit prideri.org.

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