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What are the Property Tax Exemptions Available To Cranston Residents?

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The following exemptions were enacted by state law and are available to Cranston residents.

  • Tax Freeze Exemptions: (A freeze of tax rate and value for qualifying taxpayers)

    Qualifications for the tax freeze are as follows:

    1. Persons 65 years of age or older or
    2. Totally disabled
    3. Residency in a one or two family dwelling
    4. Annual income guidelines must not exceed $ 20,000 per year for occupancy of one (1) person and $ 23,000 for occupancy of two (2) or more persons.
  • Residential Improvement Exemption: Exemptions for certain residential improvements and alterations are for a five year period following completion of construction.
  • Visual Impairment Exemption: Each person who has permanent impairment of both eyes of the following status: Central visual acuity of 20 | 200 or less in the better eye with corrective glasses or central visual acuity of more than 20 | 200 if there is a field defect in which the peripheral field is contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than twenty 20 degrees in the better eye shall qualify for the blind exemption.

Who can register to vote?

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To register to vote, you must be: 

  • a U.S. Citizen and resident of Rhode Island.
  • at least 16 years of age (you must be at least 18 years of age to vote).
  • not incarcerated in a correctional facility upon a felony conviction.
  • not presently judged "mentally incompetent" to vote by a court of law.

When and how can I apply for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits in Rhode Island?

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You should file an unemployment claim within 7 days of your last day of employment to avoid jeopardizing or delaying your first payment.

There are 2 ways to file a claim in the State of Rhode Island:  

1) File a Claim Online using the FILE NOW button above.
2) File a Claim on the phone by calling (401) 243-9100. If you're calling from out of state, the phone number is 1-866-557-0001.

Monday is generally the busiest phone day of the week; if you call later in the week, your wait time may not be so long.

What information will I need to file a UI claim in Rhode Island?

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You will need to provide your social security number and the full name, address and telephone number of all employers you have worked for in the last two years.

If you are not a United States citizen, you must provide your alien registration number. 

What are the eligibility requirements to be able to receive Unemployment Insurance Claims in Rhode Island?

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You must meet certain wage requirements. If you are laid off, the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training strongly urges you to apply for benefits. They will determine whether you qualify based on all the facts relating to your claim and notify you as quickly as possible.

You must have been paid at least $12,600 in either your base period or an alternate base period. If you did not earn this amount, you may be eligible if you meet all of the following conditions: 

  • You were paid at least $2,100 in one of your base period quarters, and
  • You were paid total base period taxable wages of at least one and one-half times your highest single quarter earnings, and 
  • You were paid total base period taxable wages of at least $4,200. Also, if you have had a previous claim, you must have worked again since filing that claim and must have been paid taxable wages of at least eighty times the R.I. minimum hourly wage of $10.50, or $840.

You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. You must be able to work, available for work and searching for full-time work. You must always be willing to accept a suitable job while you are claiming benefits.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find the information on the cases recorded in Rhode Island?

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You can track and monitor COVID-19 disease within the state of Rhode Island here

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