In O'Dell v. Town of Tiverton Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights Attorneys represent sixteen plaintiffs in a suit arguing that the Town of Tiverton illegally broke the "Paiva-Weed" tax cap imposed by the Rhode Island General Laws. While this lawsuit remains active, on November 8th, 2011 Tiverton taxpayers and good government advocates won a hard fought battle at the polls on to replace the financial town meeting that was too often subject to capture by special interests, with a financial town referendum. Stay tuned for the latest updates on this matter.
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