2010-06-03 / Letters to the Editor

Support budget and attend the FTM

The Town Council has approved the recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2010-2011, which will be voted on at our annual Financial Town Meeting on June 7.

This budget was developed by the town administrator, reviewed by the council and discussed extensively at four budget workshops, which were open to the public. The budget, as presented, maintains present service levels while increasing the tax rate by a very modest amount. The budget also takes into consideration the decline in state aid.

We are in a unique position among the 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island to be free from the reliance on state funding to balance our budgets – excluding educational aid, now and in the future – while maintaining our current level of services.

The budget cuts being proposed by special interest groups will necessarily result in cuts to our services, as well as capital expenditures (including road paving). Suggested additional reductions in employee health benefi ts or police staffing, including the chief of police compensation, are not a tenable budget strategy. These budget items are subject to contractual requirements and cannot be changed unilaterally.

I am asking you to support the FY 2010-2011 budget as proposed and unanimously approved by the Town Council, and to please attend the Financial Town Meeting on Monday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Lawn Avenue School gym.
Michael Schnack
President
Town Council

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