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    Providence Establishes Tax on Vacant, Abandoned Properties
    Felix Mizioznikov - stock.adobe.

    Providence city officials say they have established a tax on vacant and abandoned properties citywide.

    Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza's office made the announcement Monday, saying the non-utilization tax will be applied to owners of properties deemed vacant and abandoned by the Department of Inspection and Standards. The Providence Journal reports Elorza says the tax was established to address the properties that negatively impact quality-of-life for surrounding communities.

    The tax was approved by the Providence City Council on Oct. 4 and signed into law on Oct. 9.

    The tax rate is set at 10 percent of the real estate's assessed value and will be imposed on buildings that are consistently unoccupied, continuously cited or neglected. The tax won't be imposed on property owned by an abutting neighbor or new owners.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

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