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140-vote margin decides budget

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY — The Coventry School committee and School Superintendent Dr. Mike Almeida was scheduled to begin to discuss the rounds of cuts at this past Wednesday’s school committee meeting after Tuesday’s referendum vote results revealed 1,517 Coventry voters rejected a proposed tax increase to further fund the schools to 1,377 voters who approved the tax increase.
Of the town’s 27,400 registered voters, almost 3,000 cast their ballot with steady turnout all day right up until 8 p.m. Some saw that as a good turnout, others were disgusted that so few came out.
“It is what it is and the fallout is what it is,” Almeida, who was clearly disappointed in the results and walked out of the polls immediately following the results, said. “The people have spoken and I have the utmost respect for the voters. We’ll be looking for another $400,000 in cuts in addition to those we’ve already made. I’ll do my very best to save what I can.”
Council President Gary Cote tried to shake Almeida’s hand, but Almeida walked away from him.

For more of this story pick up a copy of The Coventry Courier.

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