Thursday, February 28, 2013
The town council is scheduled to hold a second budget workshop on Saturday morning at 9 am.
Costs for Warren government and school operations would go up about $600,000, according to a draft budget plan discussed by the town council on Feb. 23. Nearly all of that increase [about $416,000] would go toward the town's contributon to the Bristol-Warren Regional School District. According to the draft budget, the total spending plan would reach about $22.5 million, with $10.3 million funding municipal services, and a $12.2 million payment to the regional school department. School committee members on Feb. 21 approved a $53.7 million proposed budget, about $300,000 less than the current budget, according to East Bay Newspapers — but since Gov. Lincoln Chafee has proposed a $740,000 cut in school aid to Bristol-Warren, the towns will …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Bristol County Water Authority officials told town councilors from Bristol, Warren, and Barrington that the agency will run out of cash for operating expenses by the end of next year without more revenue.
UPDATE, Dec. 23, 12:30 pm: The BCWA presented a plan that amounts to a 31-percent increase over the next five years, according to East Bay Newspapers. The Eastbayri.com website quoted state Rep. Raymond Gallison as calling the Authority "the Grinches that stole Christmas." Original article, Dec. 20, 10 am: The Bristol County Water Authority is in bad financial shape. Pamela Marchand, executive director of the water authority, delivered that message to the town councils of Bristol, Warren, and Barrington on Wednesday evening, Dec. 19, at Barrington Town Hall. The Tri-Town Meeting was set up by the water authority to brief the 15 councilors on its new strategic and financial plans, and its need for a double-digit rate hike for next year. …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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, …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Warren Town Council unanimously approved a bare-bone budget, leaving the final decision up to voting residents.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The introduced ordinance would ban local businesses from using plastic checkout bags and would impose a fee on consumers who wished to bag their goods with paper bags from the store.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The following is a release from Environment Rhode Island. On Tuesday evening, the Warren Town Council conducted a first reading of an ordinance to ban disposable plastic checkout bags in the town. The legislation could make Warren the first municipality in Rhode Island – and among the first in New England – to reduce litter and marine debris by enacting a bag ban. "We need to keep plastic out of Narragansett Bay," said Channing Jones, associate with Environment Rhode Island, an environmental advocacy group with members in Warren. "Nothing we use for just five minutes should fill our waterways with trash and threaten the wildlife we treasure and depend on." Plastic shopping bags, which have become ubiquitous over recent decades, are easily …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Council President Chris Stanley says Warren could see eliminations to whole departments in order to supply the school district with the approved contribution.
Against the request of the Warren Town Council, the Joint finance Committee passed the FY13 school budget with an increase over the FY12 budget, which Warren leaders say could cause turmoil in the town's budget and significantly raise tax rates. "We have an incredible education program here in Bristol and Warren," said Warren Council President Chris Stanley prior to the final decision. "But that doesn't make a difference if I don't have a town left to lead. We just can't afford it." According to Stanley, the additional $416,229 which was approved during the meeting is going to have devastating impacts on the town of Warren. "It has come to the point where we're going to have to shut the doors and put the padlocks on the Town Hall to keep …
The school budget passed with a 2.25 percent contribution increase over the FY12 budget with in a 6-3 vote with opposition from the members representing the town of Warren.
Correction: The Joint Finance Committee approved a 2.25 percent increase in town contributions. Overall, school budget will increase .45 percent over FY12. After the Joint Finance Committee's Warren representatives were shot down in a 3-6 vote in a motion to level fund the district, the Joint finance Committee passed the Bristol Warren Regional School District FY13 budget with a 2.25 percent increase in contribution from the two towns over the FY12 budget. The budget passed 6-3, with all Bristol representatives voting in favor and all members representing Warren voting against. The meeting drew less than 100 teachers, administrators, school committee members and members of the public who attended in either support or opposition to the …
Monday, March 19, 2012
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm at Mt. Hope High School.
Compared to last year, the Joint Finance Committee meeting regarding the school budget that was held on Thursday, March 8, was a very calm, collected and civil atmosphere. The evening started off with a presentation from Superintendent Melinda Thies, who explained that the school district has come a long way over the years, but more progress needs to be made. With the requested funding from the towns of Bristol and Warren, Thies says the district will be on the right path. "The investment you make in your school district is a long-term investment in the economic wellbeing and health of both of your communities," Thies said. Thies explained that over the last six years, the district has made numerous sacrafices to keep the costs of …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Joint Finance Committee will hold an informational meeting for the public on Thursday evening.
The Bristol Warren Regional School District will present the proposed 2013 district budget to the Joint Finance Committee meeting this week. It will be reviewed publicly on Thursday at Kickemuit Middle School. The district has requested a four percent increase from the approved fiscal year 2012 budget, which by law, is the maximum allowed increase. The proposed budget is likely to face resistance from the towns of Bristol and Warren. According to figures provided in the school district's budget request, the towns of Bristol and Warren are being asked to contribute approximately $1.3 million more than their 2011 contributions. If the district budget is approved as is by the Joint Finance Committee, the Town of Warren would be responsible …
The Warren Town Council made a motion Tuesday to approve the preliminary budget, which would raise the town's tax rate by one cent per thousand dollars.
Depending on what the Joint Finance Committee ultimately decides, Warren residents could see very little change to their 2013 tax bill. During Tuesday evening's Warren Town Council Meeting, the council made a motion to preliminarily approve the proposed 2012-2013 fiscal year budget at an estimated $21,949,738. That amount would raise the town's tax rate by only one cent, from $17.15 to $17.16 per thousand dollars. But whether that number holds firm will depend on what the Joint Finance Committee decides regarding Warren's contribution to the Bristol Warren Regional School District budget. "A great deal of time, energy, blood and sweat went into getting this budget to where it is," said Council President Chris Stanley. Stanley thanked all …