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, …
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 …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Warren Town Council approved the FY13 budget with level funding to the school district and made a motion to explore options to change the current Joint Finance Committee legislation.
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 …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Warren Town Council President Chris Stanley speaks out about the town budget.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
The recent Joint Finance Committee (JFC) vote has placed the Town of Warren in an extraordinarily difficult position. The JFC council’s vote will seriously cripple our community’s ability to meet a number of our resident’s basic needs and will devastate our ability to successfully deal with the fiscal challenges that lay ahead. The JFC significantly increased next year’s level of maintenance for the school district. The town, as a corporation, cannot afford to fund the dollar amount the JFC passed in its 6-3 vote, financially or philosophically. The town struggled to slash our operating costs in hopes of building a responsible budget. Instead, we built a budget that does not allow the residents to reward their department heads for the hard…
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 …