On Tuesday evening, the Warren Town Council approved the FY13 town budget and made a motion to look into changing current legislation that dictates the amount of power of the town of Warren has in votes made on the Joint Finance Committee.
"We want to design a baseline change to the enabling legislation to either give us one more vote or at lease change the complexity of the three votes that we have," said Council President Chris Stanley.
Stanley said he hopes that by pushing for a change in the legislation, the members of the Joint Finance Committee can come to "a real compromise as opposed to a split 6/3 vote down town lines."
According to the current legislation, the Joint Finance Committee is comprised of nine voting members appointed by the Town Councils of Bristol and Warren "in proportion to their respective populations as recorded in the most recent federal census."
"It's just terrible... because of the make up, it's pitting these two towns against each other, it really makes me sick," said Council Vice President David Frerichs "We should not be fighting between these two towns, we should be working together for the benefit of our kids."
Members of the council unanimously approved the motion to begin researching the town's options and also approved the FY13 budget which would level fund the school district. A final public hearing on the overall town budget will be held on April 30 at 7 pm at Town Hall. Moving forward, the Council plans to meet with local legislators in the coming months to work on making changes the current legislation.
Follow the links below to catch up on some of our related stories and coverage of the Warren Town Budget and Joint Finance Committee Meetings.
- Warren Council Aims for Minimal Tax Increase
- Warren Citizens Need to Understand, React to Budget Talks
- Joint Finance Committee Hears School Budget Request
- School District to Receive 2.25% Contribution Increase
- Warren Council President Says School Contribution Will Cripple Town
- Letter: Warren Can Not, Will Not Raise Taxes to Fund School District
- Letter: Warren Council Must Hold the Line or Face Dire Consequences
- Teacher Contracts in Arbitration, Committee Member Worries About School Budget