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Changing community has locals nervous

June 23, 2014

COVENTRY — The town’s all-day referendum is less than a week away and around town, some are nervous about their community changing, and not for the better they say.
“I’m upset and dismayed that it’s come to this,” said one resident. “I understand how important educating our kids is, really I do, but I have no more to give and that’s it.”
The town’s proposed budget of $24,787,927 was approved by a standing vote at the June 10th annual financial meeting while the school district’s budget will go to an all-day referendum June 24.
If the vote passes, the tax rate will increase to four percent, which will result in an increase on the school side of $1.3 million and $1.2 million on the town’s side.
The discussion regarding the four percent increase originally began in the spring when public hearings were held to discuss the 2014-2015 town and school budgets.
Seeing this was the only way to fund the necessary programs to run the school, Coventry School Superintendent Mike Almeida said he was “going to go out on limb” during one of the many meetings and make a motion to increase taxes to meet the four percent cap.

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

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