WARWICK, R.I. —
Warwick’s increase in local car taxes is getting a chilly reception from local residents.
More than 120 people rallied at City Hall Monday afternoon and evening to protest the tax increase. Warwick and other towns have eliminated a $6,000 exemption on car and truck values for tax reasons, leaving just a $500 maximum exemption. Residents owning
vehicles worth $6,000 or more are affected, and many will have to pay an extra $190 a year.
Protesters filled the city council chambers and took turns criticizing the tax increase as the council held committee meetings in another room.
State lawmakers last year gave municipalities the authority to lower the auto exemption to compensate for reduced state aid to cities and towns.