Colleges and Cities Square Off Over Tax Demands

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To deal with a budget shortfall, Mayor David N. Cicilline, of Providence, R.I., is trying to persuade four local colleges to increase the amount they voluntarily pay to the city.
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Colleges have long promoted the economic boon that their campuses represent to surrounding communities, attracting faculty members as residents and supplying a constant stream of retail consumers in students, parents, and alumni.

But some...

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