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COVENTRY â€” The townâ€™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.
â€śIâ€™m upset and dismayed that itâ€™s come to this,â€ť said one resident. â€śI understand how important educating our kids is, really I do, but I have no more to give and thatâ€™s it.â€ť
The townâ€™s proposed budget of $24,787,927 was approved by a standing vote at the June 10th annual financial meeting while the school districtâ€™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 townâ€™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 â€śgoing to go out on limbâ€ť 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.