Poll: Did Town Meeting Get It Right?

Didn't have a chance to attend Town Meeting Monday? Cast your ballot on the budget right here on Patch.

During Monday's Warren Financial Town Meeting, residents voted to affirm the Town Council's approved budget, which calls for level-funding Warren's contribution to the Bristol-Warren School District.

The decision is in opposition to the Joint Finance Committee, which mandated a 2.25 percent increase in Warren's funding. Failing to adhere to the committee's decision could put Warren in hot water, potentially making the town subject to a lawsuit.

Residents and elected leaders in Warren favoring level funding have said the school district is heavy in administrators and has more room to cut from the budget than the town does from its municipal spending plan. Proponents of increasing Warren's funding said the school district needs the money, and the town should be investing more heavily in its children's future.

Increasing the school funding could have triggered an increase to the property tax rate of 21 cents per thousand dollars of taxable value. The alternative would be to further cut the municipal departmental budget, which has already been reduced by about 10 percent.

Going with the Town Council's recommendation will decrease the town's tax rate by 11 cents per thousand.

So where do you stand? Were Town Meeting voters right to approve the level funding or should the town have increased its investment in the regional school district? Vote in the poll below and support your argument in the comments section below.

Bob Venice June 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Why has'nt patch brought up the fact that Bristol is going to sue us over the School budget. It has already been in the Bristol Phoenix.
karen lynch June 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Just to clarify, the Town of Bristol is not sueing the Town of Warren over the School Budget. The School District voted to authorize their solicitor to commence whatever legal action is required on behalf of the Regional School District and / or Regional School Committee to seek to require the Town of Warren and its Treasurer to pay the Regional District the correct amount for FY 2012-2013 as required by the Joint Finance Committee pursuant to the duly enacted Enabling Legislation.
Cathie Tattrie July 10, 2012 at 07:56 PM
The meeting was between Mrs. Silvia and myself only. I was given analysis by function codes. When you look at our municipal budget, you can see how much each department head makes, how much we spend on office supplies, how much each department spends on clerical, etc, The school budget that I was shown is MUCH more general and broken down by funds and function codes. We are talking apples and oranges here.
Cathie Tattrie July 10, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The meeting was set up very short notice and I was the only one available to attend, and again, it was just Mrs. Silva and I.
Cathie Tattrie July 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Gina, the answer to that is no. Not broken down in simple numbers. Always clumped by functions and codes. It really is not as transparent as the town budgets.


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