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Property owner on Providence line disputes taxes

 
Property owner on Providence line disputes taxes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man whose home on the Providence-Pawtucket line has been taxed by both cities for years is trying to get back more than $24,000 he says he overpaid in property taxes.

Donovan Wilcox's house and backyard off Hillside Avenue are in Pawtucket, while his 1,200-square-foot front yard is in Providence. The Providence Journal reports that Wilcox recently discovered that Providence has been including his house in his property tax bill for the past decade, while he's also been paying taxes on the house to Pawtucket.

The Providence assessor's office recently took the house off his bill, which lowered his assessment from about $241,000 to $15,000.

Providence officials have acknowledged that they were wrong to tax the house, but they haven't decided whether to give Wilcox a refund.

 

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