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December 22nd

Battle over NK school budget heating up

December 23, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The North Kingstown school district is expected to run a deficit for fiscal year 2012 and, as a way to stop it from getting worse, the town attempted to file a restraining order last week in court to halt any spending without the town’s approval.
Instead of a definitive ruling, however, Washington Superior Court Judge Brian Stern told both the town’s and school’s attorneys they had a month to work it out on their own.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Chariho Times

December 22, 2011

In today's paper, find out what local legislators think about their new districts after the Reapportionment Committee approved redistricting maps for 2012 on Monday.

Also we have a story about John Christian Hopkins, one Hope Valley native and Narragansett Tribal member who has become a successful novelist. Hopkins will join public radio’s Native America Calling on Dec. 29 to discuss his fourth book, Twilight of the Gods.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

District shake-up leaves one Rep for Charlestown

December 22, 2011

The Rhode Island Redistricting Committee voted 11-6 to approve a plan to correct a population imbalance between the state’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts, but it was the unanimous approval of House and Senate redistricting plans that will affect the Chariho towns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 21st

Preview this week's Standard Times today!

December 22, 2011

The battle over the 2013 budget in North Kingstown is heating up and, this week, the Standard Times has all the latest news on the Town Council and School Committee's decision to turn to a courtroom in order to settle their differences.
In addition, Wickford Junction is moving full steam ahead. This week, we'll show you the latest signs of progress at the much-anticipated commuter rail.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town and school officials begin budget process

December 21, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – At Monday night’s initial budget hearing between the town council and school committee, Town Manager Stephen Alfred painted a landscape where the town must prepare its proposed $74 million budget for FY 2012-2013 in a state facing an uphill battle.
According to Alfred, Rhode Island is lagging behind other states in its economic recovery after the 2008 recession. This year, the state will likely lose aid from federal programs due to the federal budget reduction mandates and continues to experience losses in taxable property value.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

December 21, 2011

In today's Narragansett Times, find out about former Rhode Island Senator Patrick T. McDonald, who was arraigned this past Friday by Superior Court Judge Walter Stone, pleading not guilty to six felony counts, including embezzlement totaling more than $150,000 and conspiracy.

We also have the follow-up story on David Swain, who was arrested for drunk driving in Portsmouth early Sunday morning. Swain was recently released from his jail sentence regarding the murder of his wife in 1999.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 20th

Curmudgeon's Corner: Real Estate market, not groups, affect property tax (OPINION)

December 21, 2011

wo weeks ago in a letter to the editor of this newspaper, the indefatigable Harvey Waxman criticizes yet again the property tax as the funding mechanism for municipal services.
Dr. Waxman posits that the “true goal of any municipal tax [is] that everyone pay their fair share in direct relation to a community’s needs.” He seems particularly hung up on the concept of periodic revaluation of real estate claiming that “with each revaluation…money flows from one group of owners to another group…completely unrelated to incomes, ability to pay or any rational measure.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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