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McNamara bill would set Warwick’s Airport Compensation at $1.4M

The Rhode Island State House is located at 82 Smith St. Providence.
The Rhode Island State House is located at 82 Smith St. Providence.
The Rhode Island State House is located at 82 Smith St. Providence.

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau.

STATE HOUSE — Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) has introduced legislation that would that would increase the amount of money that the City of Warwick receives from the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.

The bill (2018-H 7088) would increase the amount of compensation to be paid from the state to the city of Warwick for municipal services provided by the city to the T.F. Green Airport to not less than $1.4 million in any fiscal year, starting July 1, 2018.

“With the latest success of T.F. Green as an international airport, along with the tremendous impact it has on all of Rhode Island, a greater strain has been placed on municipal services from the city of Warwick,” said Representative McNamara. “This legislation would provide a fairer and more reasonable contribution to Warwick for the services it provides.”

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The  pays the city of Warwick for municipal services out of the parking revenue generated at T.F. Green Airport from the parking surcharge.

The legislation, which is cosponsored by Representatives David A. Bennett (D-Dist. 20, Warwick, Cranston), Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick), Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Warwick) and House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), has been referred to the House Municipal Government Committee. Similar legislation (2018-S 2064) has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston).