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Council Update: Budget, Juneteenth, Arnold’s Neck Swingset

[CREDIT: Steve McAllister] Steve McAllister's daughter enjoys the new swingset at Arnold's Neck, part of Warwick neighborhood APRA projects.
[CREDIT: Steve McAllister] Steve McAllister's daughter enjoys the new swingset at Arnold's Neck, part of Warwick neighborhood APRA projects.
[CREDIT: Steve McAllister] Steve McAllister’s daughter enjoys the new swingset at Arnold’s Neck, part of Warwick neighborhood APRA projects.
Editor’s note: The Council Update is a twice-monthly update on Council meetings and developments from Warwick City Council President Steve McAllister. The column is written after each council meeting, twice a month. This review of Warwick City Council events has been lightly edited to update time references, for grammar, and to include referential links for further reading.  
Warwick City Council President Steve McAllister

WARWICK, RI — A number of things have occurred since my last  Council Update.  We passed a more than $360 million city budget.  This budget has major investments in our infrastructure, personnel, and especially schools.  With costs going up on healthcare, supplies, energy costs and equipment, unfortunately we did have to raise taxes.  However, we worked hard to make sure we can continue to provide outstanding city services while keeping taxes from skyrocketing each year.

Monday we had our first council meeting of the month.  We authorized more than $2 million for two water projects.  These upgrades will replace water pipes that are almost 100 years old. We also purchased a street sweeper and an excavator.  We also made purchases for the new dog park and we made Juneteenth a holiday.
The brand new swing set and seating area is now open in Arnolds Neck.  This was part of our neighborhood APRA projects.  This swing set has the best view in the City.  As you can see below my daughter approves of this project!
Upcoming meetings and events:
Next council meeting: June 17.
Have a great day!
Steve
Steve McAllister
Author: Steve McAllister

Stephen McAllister, representing Ward 7 since 2017, was named Warwick City Council President in 2021.

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