Contact Information

Laura L. Sitrin, CPA - Director of Finance

Tax Assessor: 
(401) 845 - 5365
(401) 845 - 5401

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - M-F

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Contact Information

Laura L. Sitrin, CPA - Director of Finance

Tax Assessor: 
(401) 845 - 5365
(401) 845 - 5401

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - M-F

  View Finance Department Directory »


Consisting of seven divisions, the Finance Department is responsible for the overall administration of its divisions, including Finance Administration, Municipal Court, Assessment, Billing & Collections, Accounting, School Accounting & Payroll and Information Technology.

FY2023 Proposed Budget

Complete Document (click to download)
Budget Overview (PowerPoint)

Billing & Collections

Whether you're interested in requesting a resident parking pass, paying your taxes, or a parking ticket, our Collections Office can help. 

Property Assessment

Click here for information on Newport's residential and commercial property assessments


Search current and past years' proposed and adopted budgets, as well as other important reports


2022-2023 Tax Rate

Residential: $9.61 per thousand.
Commercial: $14.41 per thousand.
Motor Vehicles: $20.00 per thousand.
Tangible Personal Property: $14.41 per thousand

FY2023 Proposed Budget 


04/26/2022  Overview & Capital Projects
04/26/2022 Department of Planning & Economic Development
04/28/2022  School Department
05/05/2022  Police Department
05/05/2022 Fire Department
05/05/2022 Department of Public Services
05/05/2022 Parking Fund
05/05/2022 Maritime Fund
05/16/2022 Water Pollution Control Fund
05/16/2022 Water Fund

FY2022 & FY2023 CIP Presentation ~ 03/02/2021 Workshop
Adopted FY2021 Budget
Homestead Exemption Workshop ~ 03/18/2021 Workshop
Supporting Worksheets - General FundMaritime/Parking Funds  
Please review the adopted FY2021 budget in searchable .PDF format here 
Please note that the City's annual budget process is being conducted remotely due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you'd like to comment on the proposed FY2021 budget, please email LSwistak@CityofNewport.com or feel free to join in one of our upcoming virtual budget hearings. 

May 21st, 2020 School Bond Presentation

Introduction to School Bonds | NPS School Construction Presentation


Helpful Links

Current Tax Rates

Know your home's assessment and understand your property taxes

Resident Parking Program

Obtain a resident parking sticker online or in-person

GIS Property Search 

Search the City's GIS database for property records and maps

Pay Your Taxes

Pay your taxes online through our secure payment portal 

Annual Budget

Browse and search the City's annual budget here

Transparency Portal 

Our financial transparency portal is designed to help give a clearer view of our City government

Dollars and Sense

Budget Season is Underway

Budget Season is Underway

Here's What You Need to Know about the Proposed FY23 Budget

The City’s annual budget process is underway with the first of a series of planned budget workshops held on Tuesday, April 26th. Use the links below to read the budget in its entirerty, and view individual departmental presentations.

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Access the City's Online Services

Access the City's Online Services

From paying taxes and parking tickets, to searching property records, requesting vital records and applying for building permits or memorial benches, the City’s website can service a large variety of requests either directly online or through mail correspondence. 


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We're Upgrading Our Parking Infrastructure

We're Upgrading Our Parking Infrastructure

Changes are coming to Newport’s parking meter program. The City has partnered with LAZ Parking and Flowbird Group to introduce a pay-by-plate parking system and the expansion of Newport's Passport Operating System, allowing motorists to safely manage and pay for parking through their smartphones.

Download the Passport Parking App here. 

Click below to read more about the City's new parking infrastructure.

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News & Events

Latest News

City to Kick Off Budget Process

Proposed FY2023 Budget Released, First Hearing Set for May 11

NEWPORT, R.I. (TUESDAY, April 26th 2022) – The City’s annual budget process is slated to get underway next week with the first of a series of planned budget workshops scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 26th at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.

The proposed FY2023 Budget, which can be found on the City’s website at www.CityofNewport.com/Budget, was presented to the Council earlier this month and will be advertised for its first public hearing on May 11.
Overall, the City is proposing a roughly $105 million operating budget, which includes $4 million in new debt service for the new Rogers High School and Pell School addition.

Cold War Veterans Now Eligible for Property Tax Relief

Exemption Available for Veterans who served from 1947 and 1991
NEWPORT, R.I. (MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2021) – Newport homeowners who served in the military during the Cold War period from 1947 until 1991 are now eligible to qualify for property tax relief through the Rhode Island Veteran’s Exemption.

This provision, which was passed by the General Assembly early this year, also includes the widow/widower of a veteran who served during the Cold War.

Eligible property owners are asked to bring your DD214 to the Tax Assessor’s Office at 43 Broadway, any time beginning January 1st until March 15th to apply for the 2022-23 tax bill.

Applicants must be a Newport resident, and not claim an exemption in any other state.
No applications received after March 15th, 2022 will be eligible for the upcoming tax cycle. For further questions, please visit the City’s website at www.CityofNewport.com/TaxAssessor or call (401) 845 – 5363.

City Issuing Motor Vehicle Tax Bills

Annual Bills Being Mailed Dec. 28th
NEWPORT, R.I. (Monday, December 28, 2020) – The City of Newport is mailing fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021) Motor Vehicle Tax bills on December 28, 2020.  Taxpayers will be able to pay their annual taxes in four payments prior to June 30, 2021.  The payment due dates are: January 30, 2021, February 28, 2021, March 31, 2021, and April 30, 2021.

Motor Vehicle Tax bills are normally mailed in July with the Real Estate Tax bills.  The State of Rhode Island is phasing out motor vehicle tax bills and replacing local revenue with State Aid.  The phase-out is dependent on the State of Rhode Island annual operating budget and general laws. 

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  Calendar of Events

Zoning Board of Review

The Zoning Board of Review is responsible for overseeing and administering the City's zoning code in a fair and equitable fashion.  Click here for an agenda

Cliff Walk Commission

The Cliff Walk Commission is charged with overseeing the maintainence, operations, and activities of the City's historic Cliff Walk. Click here for an agenda

City Council Meeting

The City Council serves as a the primary decision making body for the City. Join us for its regular monthly meeting, held in the Second Floor Council Chambers at City Hall. Click here to read an agenda and to view the meeting online.

Planning Board Meeting

The Planning Board is the steward for the City's Comprehensive Plan, which sets the long-term goal for the City and is a key measure by which large development projects and zoning relief are evaluated. ​Read the agenda

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