Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Police Chief Peter Achilli is expected to ask the Town Council for help covering the shortfall.
High overtime costs are hurting the Warren Police Department budget, and the police chief is expected to ask the council for more to cover the costs, EastBayRI.com reported. Chief Peter Achilli predicts overtime could cost the town more than $316,000 by the time the fiscal year ends at the end of the month, the website reported. The town budgeted $270,000. The shortfall results largely from a retirement and an officer out on extended sick leave, leaving the department short-handed. A Superior Court-ordered a police detail on on Thomas Koolen's Libby Lane property — where Koolen stored 100 illegal floating docks — has yet to be paid for, further hitting the budget, Achilli wrote. The good news, the chief wrote, is unexpended balances in …
The summer tradition could come to an end unless the Parks & Recreation Department can find donations or bands to play for free.
A longtime summer tradition may be in jeopardy after cuts to the Warren town budget. The cuts could spell the end of the annual summer concert series at Burr's Hill Park bandshell, EastBayRI.com reported. The concert series has been an annual summer staple for 15 years. The town is having difficulty signing bands to perform, according to Warren Recreation Director Sharon Lombardi. The town cut its usual contribution to the series in half, offering $1,000 this year, the newspaper reported. Lombardi said bands usually charge about $500 to perform. With half the usual money available, she said she doesn't know what will happen. "We're trying to figure it out," she said Monday. "It's been tough." Lombardi said she's been talking to officials …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Residents voted 109-52 against increasing the town's investment in schools, opposing the Joint Finance Committee.
Warren residents affirmed the Town Council-approved $24 million budget at Town Meeting Monday night, voting to level-fund the Bristol-Warren School District in opposition to the Joint Finance Committee Residents voted 109-52 against a motion to increase Warren's funding to the Bristol-Warren School District by 2.25 percent, the amount the Joint Finance Committee approved in March, a total of $12.1 million. Instead, Town Meeting approved level-funding the district, which could put the town in hot water. Voters considered the school and municipal budgets separately. Earlier, they voted 83-68 to separate the budgets, allowing them to discuss and vote specifically on school funding. Voters shot down a motion to consider every department …
Monday, April 9, 2012
A letter to the editor from Warren Council President Chris Stanley.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Every year, against an ominous backdrop, the Town of Warren’s budget cycle quickly gathers lightning speed. The Town Council, keenly aware of the mounting economic problems and concerns, sits down in its chambers laboring to build a municipal budget in front of an audience of virtually no one. The second floor of the Town Hall should be full of sound and fury; instead the only voices we hear are our own. Alarmingly, the final budget simply slips through the fingers of our electorate at the annual Town Financial Meeting by default. To hit our financial targets, drastic surgery was required of this year’s municipal budget, and the council members plunged our scalpels deeply into Warren’s operational budgets with no one to bear witness to the…