- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian says he’s worried that local business will suffer because of a 12 percent surcharge on revenue collected by vendors on business related to T.F Green Airport.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1gE23RO ) the airport didn’t initially charge the fee on car repairs and similar work. It then extended it to all revenue collected by vendors on airport-related business, including car repairs and maintenance.

Thrifty and Airport Valet, are now subject to collecting the surcharge

Officials projected that extending the surcharge to non-parking services will add $40,000 a year to the airport’s coffers.

Avedisian says it not good for his municipality or city businesses.

William Paiva, owner of Paiva’s Auto Detailing, says business was down $10,000 last year because of the change. He said he laid off one of his four employees.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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