Newport to ask city voters to approve 11 percent budget increase

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Newport taxpayers are facing a big increase in their bills next year.

The city council is going to ask taxpayers on Town Meeting Day to approve an 11.3 percent budget increase.

Councilors say they’re not happy with the size of the increase, but they say they pared down their spending plan as much as they could without cutting city services.

The city took several spending proposals off the books, including improvements to the heating system in the municipal building.

Officials say the increase shouldn’t be as steep next year, but the long-term solution is to increase tax revenues.

But Alderman Paul Monette says there isn’t enough development in Newport to generate new tax revenues.

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