Wall Street Journal reports on new law impacting Bryant
The Wall Street Journal reports on the new law that will require Bryant University to pay the Town of Smithfield for municipal services if no agreement is reached in an article titled "Strapped Rhode Island City Presses College to Ante Up" published online and in the July 17 print edition on page A6.
"As various town-gown battles simmer throughout New England, this small community [Smithfield] has just received a rare weapon: the right to bill a local university for public-safety services," the article begins. An accompanying graphic underscores the broader regional issue at stake: "Towns and cities in the Northeast are more reliant on local property taxes for revenue than in other parts of the country. Communities are increasingly requesting payments from colleges and universities, which have long been tax-exempt."