Providence Mayor To Meet With Brown President

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Providence’s mayor is set to meet with Brown University’s president on Wednesday as he seeks more in voluntary payments from the Ivy League school to help close a $22.5 million budget shortfall.

David Ortiz, a spokesman for Mayor Angel Taveras, said he is expected to meet with Brown President Ruth Simmons for continued discussions over the university’s payments to the capital.

Taveras has said the city is facing “peril’’ and is on track to run out of money this summer; it could even file for bankruptcy. He wants $7.1 million more from Providence’s tax-exempt institutions this fiscal year, including about $3.75 million from Brown.

Brown says it pays $4 million a year to the city in voluntary payments and taxes on newer buildings and those not used for educational purposes. Simmons said Saturday after the Brown governing board’s winter meeting that members discussed proposals for contributing more.

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