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School budget vote, Board of Education election set for May 16

on May 15, 2017

Residents to vote on proposed $90.1 million spending plan, choose three Board of Education members from among eight candidates

At the annual school budget vote in May, Warwick residents will consider a $90.1 million budget for 2017-18 with a tax levy increase of 1.8%. The proposed budget calls for a spending increase of $1.9 million, or 2.17%. Voters will also elect three candidates to the school board, decide on a bus purchase proposition and whether to establish two capital reserve funds. (See below for more information.)

The tax levy increase of $1.05 million, or 1.8%, is within the District’s maximum allowable increase.

The District generates almost $2 million annually from non-tax revenue comprised of tuition and rental payments. This revenue helps the District to maintain its strong academic program.

This budget proposal also includes some reduced expenses due to teacher retirements, fewer bus routes, a lower contribution rate to the state teacher retirement fund and the refinancing of debt on the Albert Wisner Public Library.

“The goal in developing this budget proposal was to enhance learning opportunities for students while staying within the tax cap threshold,” said Superintendent Dr. David Leach.

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