Residents To Have Say on Budget
At least 125 voters are required at tonight's Financial Town Meeting to decide on the town spending plan
Warren's proposed $24 million fiscal 2013 budget is up for scrutiny tonight at the Warren Financial Town Meeting.
Residents will have their say on the spending plan tonight at 7 p.m. at Kickemuit Middle School, 525 Child St. See the attached PDF for a look at tonight's agenda.
While the $24 million spending plan is an increase of more than $2 million over last year's budget, residents would actually see a decrease in the property tax rate from $17.15 per thousand of taxable value to $17.04, should the budget pass as is. The difference is made up with additional revenue that has come in through property and vehicle taxes, according to Assistant City Manager Denise Kinney.
The Warren Town Council initially passed the preliminary budget in March, but the Joint Finance Committee approved 2.25 percent increase to the Bristol Warren Regional School District fiscal 2013 budget. Warren would contribute an additional $416,229, a 3.5 percent increase over fiscal 2012.
Warren representives originally passed the preliminary budget with a level-funding of the school district, fearing an increase would cripple the town's finances. Town Manager Thomas Gordon's budget proposal calls for a cut of 10 percent for all departments to make up the difference.
Tonight's Financial Town Meeting requires a quorum of at least 125 voters to decide on the budget. If a quorum is not achieved, the budget would pass as proposed and the budget items $100,000 and over will be voted on at the Adjourned Town Meeting June 4, 9 a.m. on the second floor of Warren Town Hall.