2018-10-11 / News

State bond questions to be outlined

Advocates of two of the three statewide questions, which will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, will discuss these proposed bonds from 7-8 p.m. Monday at the library, 26 North Road.

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and Save The Bay policy director Topher Hamblett will give voters an overview of nearly $300 million in proposed spending. Magaziner, a Democrat, will discuss the first question, a $250 million bond referendum to reimburse school districts for capital repairs and maintenance to deteriorating buildings.

In a 2017 study by Jacobs Engineering, the estimated cost to bring Rhode Island public schools to ideal conditions is $2.2 billion, including $628 million in crucial repairs to keep them warm, dry and safe. Roughly $16 million of that concerned Lawn and Melrose schools.

In response, the local school district identified $5.9 million for school improvements. While the $250 million will be on the ballot for all Rhode Islanders to decide, the $5.9 million question will appear only for Jamestown voters.

Hamblett will discuss the so-called Green Economy and Clean Water bond. The $47.3 million includes $5 million for coastal resiliency; $8 million to protect drinking water; $5 million to improve wastewater facilities; $4.4 million for dam safety; $7 million for dredging the river in downtown Providence; $5 million for bikeway improvements; $4 million for brownfield remediation; $5 million for local recreation projects; $2 million for access to farmland; and $2 million for local open space.

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