WEST WARWICK, R.I. —
Council President Angelo Padula told WPRO that the town, which had its credit rating lowered by Moody’s last week, has a sizable unfunded pension obligation. But Padula said the town cannot afford to raise taxes to fund it because residents are already struggling to make ends meet.
“People in this community are strapped. They’ve had it,” he said.
Padula also criticized the spending of the school system, saying it is increasing wages while the rest of the town is cutting back.
He said he would like the town to avoid bankruptcy or merging with another community.