SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The town council and school committee met Monday night for the start of the budget talks, where they hashed out the details and held a public discussion. The meeting was held to solicit comments from the public relating to the goals and objectives of the development of the 2011 to 2012 municipal and school budgets.
Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred presented the base budget and its starting points, which include property tax projections, new projects and contract obligations. Alfred started off discussing the tax levy cap reduction. Based on state law, the most South Kingstown can raise its property tax in 2012 is to 4.25 percent compared to 4.50 percent from last year. Alfred explained that because the senate bill S-3050, the school committee can not request increases in property tax support more than the tax levy cap. For fiscal year 2011 to 2012, the school committee is limited to no more than 4.25 percent increase in property tax support over last year's level.
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