Public Hearings & Notices

New Tax Stabilization Ordinance for Businesses and Changes to the Senior and Disabled Tax Freeze - Approved at the Special Financial Town Meeting, July 12, 2016

The Town of Foster Town Council held a special Financial Town Meeting on July 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the South Foster Fire Station Hall, 5 Mt. Hygeia Road, Foster RI 02825, for a public vote relative to amending the Town’s Taxation Ordinances. The amendments relate specifically to:

  • Tax Relief for Elderly and Totally Disabled Persons - Amendments to stipulate that, under the existing Tax Relief Ordinance: No new applications shall be accepted by the Tax Assessor. Any resident currently receiving related tax stabilization shall continue to remain eligible. Click here for details.
  • Tax Relief for Elderly and Totally Disabled Persons - Replacement ordinance to stipulate that owners of an owner-occupied single family dwelling, in order to be eligible for new tax relief, shall be: 67 years of age or totally disabled; and entitled to a tax credit; subject to associated definitions and conditions. Click here for details.
  • Tax Stabilization Ordinance (New) - Tax stabilization incentive for industrial, commercial, or manufacturing facilities, or for property which has undergone environmental remediation. Subject to associated definitions, eligibility/criteria, conditions, procedure, stabilization amounts, revocation, number of projects, and sunset limitation. All interested persons are invited to attend the Public Hearing and be heard. Modifications to the proposal may occur as a result of the comments received during the hearing or as a result of further study. Click here for details.

Individuals requiring interpreter service must notify the Town Clerk’s Office at (401) 392-9200 at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing date.

By order of the Town Council, John L. Lewis, Jr., President

Click here for a fact sheet relating to the ordinances listed above.


ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS

Any person seeking access to any public record which is required to be made available by General Laws 38-2 shall:

Make a written, signed request to the custodian of such records stating specifically which records are sought for inspection and/or copying.

The custodian shall within ten (10) business days of such requests either permit or deny such request; provided, however, that failure to take any action within said ten (10) days, shall be deemed to be a denial. Furthermore, the person to whom the request is made may, for good cause, extend the period for permitting or denying a request to (20) days.

The custodian shall designate the time and place at which records may be inspected or copied. In no case shall records be required to be removed from the Town offices and in no case shall records be required to be made available outside normal business hours.

As provided by General Laws 38-2-4 a reasonable charge shall be levied for search or retrieval of documents. Hourly costs for search and retrieval shall be $15 per hour and no cost shall be charged for the first sixty (60) minutes of search or retrieval.

The person making the request shall be informed at the time the request is received of the charges and shall be furnished an estimate of the cost which will be incurred before any copies are made, the person making the request shall pay the estimated cost, and before any copies are delivered, the person making the request shall pay any balance due after credit for estimated cost paid.

Any person denied the right to inspect may, within twenty (20) days of the date of denial, petition the Town Council for a review as provided in General Laws 38-2-8, and the Town Council shall make a decision within (10) business days after the submission of the review petition.

If the Town Council determines that the record is not subject to public inspection, the person or entity seeking disclosure may file a complaint with the attorney general. The attorney general shall investigate the complaint and if the attorney general shall determine that the allegations of the complaint are meritorious, he or she may institute proceedings for injunctive or declaratory relief on behalf of the complainant in the superior court of the county where the record is maintained. Nothing within this section shall prohibit any individual or entity from retaining private counsel for the purpose of instituting proceedings for injunctive or declaratory relief in the superior court of the county where the record is maintained.