RICHMOND – The Richmond Town Council is calling for a tri-town meeting to discuss possible revisions to the Chariho Act.
On Tuesday, councilors expressed their disappointment with the Charlestown Town Council’s seeming opposition to a review and possible revision of the Chariho Act, a statute drafted in 1958, which created the Chariho Regional School District and governs its operations.
“It seems curious and contradictory to me that given the complaints about the Chariho budget that other towns don’t want to get together and have a significant discussion,” Councilor Erick Davis said. “At some point we need to debate, discuss and look at whether the act is still viable and does it need a revision?”
Council President Joseph Reddish called for more clarity, stating that Richmond wants the municipal tax bill and the school tax bill sent as separate bills, though they may arrive in one envelope.
“Richmond, Charlestown and Hopkinton residents will have two checks so people will have full clarity of what they’re paying for the school budget and what they’re paying for the town,” Reddish said. “Charlestown seems to think that we want to change the way we fund the budget, but we just want to change the way people see it so they understand it.”
Reddish continued, “Charlestown has shut down, for even conversation, though it’s clear the town of Richmond has requested it, to add clarity to the process so people understand what they’re paying for and you know what you’re writing your check for.”
Council Vice President Henry Oppenheimer said the council was merely requesting a committee to discuss changes to the Chariho Act.