April 7, 2009

Chariho District Votes Today

Carroll Andrew Morse

Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton are holding a referendum today on the school budget for Chariho District. From Andrew Martin of the Chariho Times

Voters will have the final say all-day April 7 on the proposed $53.3 million Chariho Regional School District budget for fiscal year 2009-10.

The budget represents a small increase over the current fiscal year, which stands at $53.1 million. But, after revenue, the member towns’ contribution actually sees a decrease for the upcoming fiscal year.

The current 2008-09 fiscal year’s total member towns’ contribution is $49.5 million. This coming year’s budget proposal calls for $49.3 million – a decrease of $210,798.

A few sources familiar with the situation have told me that they expect the vote to be close.

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Chariho, like many other schools and towns, have been over budgeting for years thus stockpiling surplus. In this budget, $2.25mm from the surplus is being applied to the operating budget. So, while the money requested from the towns is relatively flat, costs have actually gone up 4.5%. Just kicking the can down the road…

But the three towns are still down over 500k each (cuts in state aid, lower revenues, etc) - since the school is 80ish% of the budget, we expected more relief than minimal increases.

Bill Felkner, Hopkinton Town Council

Posted by: Bill Felkner at April 7, 2009 4:21 PM

Every vote really does count
526 yes
527 No

Budget rejected by 1 vote.

Posted by: Bill Felkner at April 7, 2009 10:26 PM


What happens now, Bill?

Posted by: Monique at April 8, 2009 7:28 AM
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