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NARRAGANSETT â The recent request made by Narragansett Town Councilor Doug McLaughlin to have the finance committee draft a one-page letter detailing the financial condition of the town to be mailed out to all tax-paying residents sparked some debate at the Monday evening town council session. A final draft of the letter was submitted to the full council for an initial review. The letter, which the finance committee initially expected to be viewed favorably by the council, garnered some strong debate among members on the language and level of detail to be provided. It is primarily focused on the townâs Other Post Employee Benefits (OPEB )and pension status which, according to the finance committee, is currently in a dangerous place. Chair of the finance committee Harris Chorney gave a brief overview of the letter which took several sessions for the committee to hammer down. President Pro Tem Susan Cicilline-Buonanno began the discussion by explaining that she felt there were statements of opinion disbursed throughout the document, particularly toward the end, in a paragraph entitled âWhat should be done.â Shortly after, Councilor Matthew Mannix agreed, adding that he would like the letter to contain only the facts and called for letting the public interpret those facts as they see them, rather than drawing any conclusions on the numbers.
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