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Chariho budget vote tomorrow

April 4, 2011

WOOD RIVER JCT. -- Voters in Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton will have the final say on the Chariho Regional School District budget this Tuesday, April 5 as part of the all-day referendum.

The proposed $54.31 million budget for fiscal year 2011-12 will be voted on that day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Registered voters must vote in their town of residency.

The polling locations are the Charlestown Town Hall, located at 4540 South County Trail; Hopkinton Town Hall, located at 1 Town House Road; and the H.L. Arnold Fire and Safety Complex in Richmond, located off Route 112.

Under the proposed budget, two of the member towns, Charlestown and Richmond, see increases in their contributions to Chariho.

Charlestown's contribution has increased by 2.2 percent from $14.07 million to $14.38 million and Richmond's has jumped by 4.6 percent from $17.30 million to $18.09 million. Hopkinton, though, sees a 0.3 percent decrease from $18.09 million to $18.04 million.

Member town contributions are based on student enrollment.
Preliminary state aid to education numbers would greatly change those amounts, though they are not yet finalized. But as Chariho Superintendent Barry J. Ricci noted in his budget message that people should look at the 2011-2012 contributions to the district after the receipt of state aid.

Because after projected state aid is included, the contribution numbers are different.

Charlestown will contribute an additional $40,866, or 0.3 percent more; Richmond will contribute an additional $274,526, or 2.3 percent more; and Hopkinton will lower its contribution by $687,858, or 5.3 percent less.

According to Ricci, the projected state aid numbers to the member towns reflect preliminary calculations as called for in the new funding formula, which calls for decreased state aid to the district over the next 10 years.

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