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Raptakis Responds to Gorman Deficit Explanation

Raptakis says that Gorman's latest release changes nothing about the following facts:

 

1) That he refused to admit he works for the Central Coventry Fire District, preferring instead to say in his first campaign literature that he is a Fire Captain with the Town of Coventry. This suggests he is trying to distance himself from the controversies surrounding overspending and lack of transparency in the district's operations until Raptakis challenged him on not revealing his accurate job position. 

2) That the Central Coventry Fire District is running a serious deficit of more than $1M. Mr. Gorman's attempt to pass that off as a simple matter of unpaid taxes illustrates the point I made in my press release, that he is out of touch and unconcerned with the fact that people simply cannot afford to pay fire district taxes that have tripled in recent years. Collections are going to be a significant ongoing problem because the district's spending plan does not reflect the ability of ratepayers to foot the bill. 

3) That Mr. Gorman's union contract benefited employees at the expense of taxpayers. If that contract actually "saved taxpayers money" as he claims, Mr. Gorman has an ability to spell that out in detail. His failure to do so suggests that the facts don't support that argument.   

4) That Mr. Gorman filed his most recent campaign finance report more than two weeks late and has been fined by the State Board of Elections for doing so.  Saying that he "has filed all his reports" conveniently ignores his failure to file the report in a timely way and play by the rules, a failure which seems to be a track record with Mr. Gorman, given his failure to pay taxes to the Town of Coventry for his landscaping business since 2009.  Below is the link to Mr. Gorman's report where he is fined by the board of elections regarding his late report. 

http://www.ricampaignfinance.com/RIPublic/Filings.aspx

Realistic voter September 09, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Wow, Lou you are desperate and sad!! For a guy who has made a great living off the taxpayers. Not that you worked for it , Just got your wife cushey jobs at the taxpayers great expense. What did she make last year $125000.00 plus benfits and you paid your taxes late!! Whats that say about you Lou???
Jarred Lussier September 09, 2012 at 04:43 PM
When did Firefighters become bad guys? So what he's a Firefighter....ok, so what? I'm more interested in the candidates views on issues that I believe in.
larry September 09, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Remember Lou .........YOU VOTED FOR 38 STUDIOS . THAT COST THE TAXPAYERS $100 MILLION ,YOU DID'NT SKIP THAT SESSION.
Roger Parenteau September 09, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Vote for Lou and his fantastic pizza!!!!!!
QuidnickCrusader September 09, 2012 at 08:29 PM
An exploration of Mr. Raptakis’s properties reveals some interesting points, and raises a few questions. I decided to take a closer look after his charges that his fire district taxes had tripled. I find it hard to comprehend that if this indeed was the case, then why is he the only commercial property owner complaining so vociferously? Wouldn’t there be a complete “storming of the castle” by ALL the commercial property owners? Something just is not adding up here. Let’s begin with the Raptakis properties. Records obtained here: http://www.appraisalresource.com/PropertyList.aspx?town=Coventry&Owner=raptakis&loc=-1&MapLot=-1 displays two separate properties. One is listed as being at 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, the other as 2080 Nooseneck Hill Rd. Interestingly, neither of these properties lists Mr. Raptakis as the owner. The owner of each property is in revocable trusts in the names of his parents, and the larger of the two parcels contains not only the restaurant, Venus Pizza, but a residential home to the rear of the property. A review of the Assessor’s plat maps for Coventry seen here: http://www.town.coventry.ri.us/Complete%20Map%20File.pdf shows only two lots. One lot, 37.1, is the smaller of the parcels and holds the small commercial building to the right of the restaurant. The other lot, 37, is nearly 2.6 acres in size and holds the restaurant, parking areas, and the residential home behind the restaurant.
QuidnickCrusader September 09, 2012 at 08:31 PM
You can see that nowhere on the plat map does it distinguish the residential property from the commercial property. For those of you counting along, that’s a total of three buildings, on two lots that are zoned as commercial property. Now, why on Earth would one keep a residential property zoned as commercial property when everyone knows that residential property is assessed and taxed at a much lower rate than commercial property? How about, that the owner is trying to sell the properties, in a prime commercial zone, and that the property in question has significantly higher value if it already has full commercial zoning? Real estate listings here: http://www.homesandland.com/Real_Estate/RI/City/Coventry/ListingId/17384660.html shows the restaurant, house, and lot for sale with an asking price of $1.5 million, on a parcel with a Town assessed value of $671,000. The smaller lot, 37.1, also appears to be for sale: http://www.homes.com/listing/151680728/2076_Nooseneck_Hill_Rd_COVENTRY_RI_02816 What does this have to do with anything? Well, in regards to Mr. Raptakis’s charge of the “tripling” of Central Coventry Fire District tax rates, it has a lot to do with it.
QuidnickCrusader September 09, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Prior to the 2006 consolidation of the Central Coventry, Washington, Tiogue and Harris fire districts, only one of those districts did not have a tiered tax rate in regards to residential/commercial property: Central Coventry. The Raptakis properties are located in what was the old Central district, so all years prior to 2006, those properties were assessed at whatever the residential rate was set at the time. When the newly consolidated Central Coventry Fire District was established, a tiered tax rate was adopted, as three out of the four districts already had it in place. It was also consistent with the Town, which also uses a tiered tax system. Fire district tax rates, however, remained relatively level for the first couple of years of the consolidation, with the rates actually coming down in the old, smaller districts. However, the full revaluation of 2007 (which didn’t begin to apply to tax bills until we were into 2008), and a statistical revaluation in 2011 brought changes, especially to those commercial properties that were part of the old Central district. Those property owners, including Mr. Raptakis, for the first time were billed at the commercial rate, under the new revaluations. After years of paying a singular residential fire tax rate, while the wide majority of other commercial property owners in Town paid a commercial rate, Mr. Raptakis was outraged.
QuidnickCrusader September 09, 2012 at 08:35 PM
After questioning Central Coventry board members about Mr. Raptakis’s accusations, it was told to me that he had attended a meeting, and questioned the fairness of the residential house on the larger parcel being taxed as commercial property. He was told simply, that the fire districts use the same property classification as the Town, and that his properties were zoned by the Town as commercial. It was further explained to him, that if he subdivided the portion of the lot that encompasses the house, then it would be viewed as a residential house lot, and therefore assessed and taxed accordingly. It is evident, by the listing of the properties for sale on the market that he doesn’t want to do that. It would reduce drastically the real estate market value of the lot as commercial real estate. And now we begin to see what really motivates Mr. Raptakis: self-servitude. What he really wants, is to go back to paying a residential tax rate on his commercially zoned properties, while marketing them for sale as commercial real estate, and reaping potentially much larger profits than if even a piece of the property was zoned as residential. Politicizing the issue with apparent half-truths and spin to damage his opponent in Tuesday’s primary is just an added bonus to this story for Mr. Raptakis. I’m still undecided on who will get my vote, but the sun is rapidly setting on Mr. Raptakis’s chances.
Realistic voter September 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Outstanding post "Quidnick Crusader", You have dug the truth up!! One quick note Mr. Ratakis is running for the Fire Board, If he was elected to it I wonder what his first order of business would be???
Speak out September 10, 2012 at 01:52 AM
The QuidnickCrusader is the most important contributor to the Coventry Patch website. Crusader: keep up the good work. I, among many, am listening.
Delores September 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Fantastic Pizza? Lou cannot make Pizza or an Italian Grinder, Italian Grinders are not made of bologna not to mention the fly in with the lettuce! And his pizza joint is filthy! Walked out of there a few years ago after his incompetent workers prepared our lunch that was not fit for the Johnston Landfill! SKEEEVE!
felix September 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM
WOW!!!!!!! crusader this information helps me understand what Lou's true motivation may be, how anyone can believe what he say's is beyond belief.
coventry voter-Jay September 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I dont care if he is a FF either BUT, I think he needs to answer a few questions. When he is at the State House but was scheduled to work at CCFD will we have to bring in a replacement for him at time+1/2. If Dave calls in sick or takes a vacation day/personal day we pay a Captain/acting Captain an overtime call back and we accept that. BUT there is no way Dave will have enough vaca/sick time to cover the session. It's wrong for him to use sick time to be there. Sick time is for when you are sick and cost us overtime at Captains pay. SO I ask again: What is it going to cost the CCFD District Taxpayers to send Dave to the State House?
Cheryl Clavin September 10, 2012 at 04:26 PM
instead of playing with assumptions why don't we look at the man, he has shown himself to care for the people in his district, taken his personal time to help others and he has fought the system to right a wrong. I can say this because he helped me well beyond his job of former state senator , without his concern and fight I would not have my home and other than my vote he couldn't hope for any personal or political gain. This is the man I want in office and I'm not alone
Realistic voter September 10, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I don't think what Quidnick Crusader found out is an assumption, Facts don't lie, It's your right to be on "team Raptakis", But hopefully you are alone in who wants him in office.
Delores September 10, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I have looked at the man. Glad he cared for you and help you with your home. It is so sad that he was not their for my elderly parents when they had to give up their home in Coventry. When they approached Mr Raptakis for help he never returned their calls.
Realistic voter September 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
It's going to cost the tax payer anything " Voter" , If you had any idea of the fire service you would know the answer to that question?? Your so smart and I thought you were a volunteer FF, you should know the answer. It's not a big secret, I'll wait while you twist a little! I'll be back soon.
Realistic voter September 10, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I mean it's not going to cost the taxpayers anything, Come on now your so smart give me the answer 'Voter"
JP September 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Mr. Gorman wrote the contract for the fire department? I may understand all of how a fire department works but doesn't he have to get the board (made up of taxpayers) to agree to the contract? I also understand that Central Coventry Fire District has a deficit but isn't part of that deficit a new ladder truck that we voted on in a meeting? How is that Mr. Gorman's fault?
Realistic voter September 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
He doesn't write the contract, That rumor was started by the lier John assalone, who doesn't even live in this town. This is a man who should be investigated for all the tax breaks he has recieved for himself that probably are not legal. What do you say Quidnick Crusader you up for it??
QuidnickCrusader September 13, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Sure, why not. Property records for the Town of South Kingstown obtained here: http://data.visionappraisal.com/southkingstownri/findpid.asp?iTable=pid&pid=9262 list the property as owned by John R. Assalone, with an assessed value of nearly $1.2 million. Maybe it's just me, but if I laid out that kind of coin for this property, I would have a tough time calling good old scenic Coventry my primary residence. Particuarly when the property is this visually stunning: http://www.planomatic.com/7640 The rest of you try to figure out the logic.....it's giving me a headache.
Realistic voter September 14, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Nice work Quidnick Crusader..Thanks for bringing the truth out!!!! People you should look at this.
Leave RI September 14, 2012 at 01:58 AM
sorry..catching up..I agree with both Jarred and c-voter..the civilian job he does shouldn't matter, however, the charge to CCFD taxpayers should be negligible or at least reimbursed somehow.the position should not add a cost to CCFD taxpayers.
Leave RI September 14, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Crusader should post often..thank you

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