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5-year plan meets some disapproval

March 17, 2014

WEST WARWICK — As part of the meetings and negotiations among union leaders, town councilmen and the town manager, Fred Presley, he has proposed a five-year budget plan to get the town back on track.

Presleny said his plan takes everything into account.

“Currently, the town has a three-year plan but is going to be bringing their five-year plan to the legislature requesting that like other towns that have been in crisis, it can go to a five-year plan in an effort to better maintain expenses,” he said.

The five-year plan would mean there would be no raises and a tax increase of four percent each year, all savings would go to the pension fund.

Currently, two councilmen are in favor of the plan while two are against and one isn’t sure.

Both Councilmen Angelo Padula Jr. and Vice President Ed Giroux are against because neither wants to see the taxpayers suffer any more than they are.

“I have consistently voted against this because too many things can happen,” Giroux said. “I’ve asked members of the council to think back on where they were five years ago – it’s a long time. What would we do if something major happened? Where would we go to? We can’t cut spending more and we can’t raise taxes, so we’d be out of the game completely for five years.”

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