As part of his $8.17 billion state budget proposal, Gov. Lincoln Chafee's suggested formula for state aid to public schools would reduce the payment to Bristol-Warren School District by about $740,000.
The reduction is part of a 10-year program of reducing state aid to districts with lower enrollments or fewer numbers of low-income students than other communities, the Providence Journal reported.
In fiscal 2012, the two-town district collected $17,832,370 in state aid; Chafee is proposing a line item of $17,092,785 for the next fiscal year.
Bristol and Warren provide a combined $33.4 million toward the local school department.
Last year, Warren officials cited the loss in state aid and the continuing economic downturn for their vote to level-fund the town's $11.75 million contribution to the district.
Voters at the May 21, 2012, Warren Town Meeting approved the council's plan, leading the school committee to file suit against the town in September.
What do you think?
What would another reduction in state aid to Bristol-Warren Schools mean for you?
Should the towns prepare to raise taxes to make up the difference — or is cost-cutting by the school department the answer?
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