Animal Shelter, Curbside Recycling Cut From Upcoming Budget

The upcoming year's budget looks to make stiff cuts, including curbside recycling and the closure of the town's animal shelter.

The North Kingstown Town Council got a look at the latest budget for next year at Monday night’s meeting. Among this year’s cuts are curbside recycling and the North Kingstown Animal Shelter.

Town Manager Michael Embury presented a preview of the budget via slideshow to the council and audience. According to Embury, the town’s budget for fiscal year 2012 includes a 3.36 percent increase – approximately $3 million more than last year’s budget. One figure that stuck out for Embury was the minimal increase in the town’s general fund.

“That needs to resonate with the public,” said Embury. “The general fund is only increasing by $56,175.”

Embury added that “major reductions” were made to keep the general fund where it is, including the closings of the animal shelter. The town will save an estimated $120,000 to $145,000 by closing the animal shelter and another $450,000 by cutting curbside recycling. The proposed budget also shows a $2 million drop in state revenue.

“It’s not getting any better,” Embury added.

The cuts also show a drop in full-time town employees from 2010. The current budget shows 167 full-time employees whereas last year the number was at 192. (In 2001, the number was 205.)

“It’s a fairly dramatic drop,” said Embury. “It’s not anything we haven’t seen in governments in the state or across the country.”

Embury stated the town will not be adding any positions this year and would “probably go lower” than the proposed 167 employees.

The school department’s budget looks to jump by $3.2 million, with $1.5 million of that coming from last year’s reserve, for a nearly six percent increase. In past meetings, Superintendent Phil Thornton forecasted this financial year to be substantially more trying than previous years due to the loss of federal education funding.

Tonight the Town Council and North Kingstown School Committee will hold a joint meeting at the at 7 p.m. to discuss the budget.

Stanley Spink March 16, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Are they cutting OSCAR pickups? If so, the recycling box at the NK transfer station does not accept open-top cup shaped plastic containers or milk cartons either. OSCAR does. So we can't recycle as much stuff. (So much for NK leading the state in recycling.)
Wellness Store & Day Spa March 17, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Your response is very volatile, and it is not what my message suggested. Nobody appreciates the police and fire departments more than I do, what I suggested was not cutting these depts, but curtailing the response in situations where they are known to be false alarms, this can be ascertained quickly by the first response team. That is not a suggestion to cut any emergency department. You also don't identify yourself, whereas I do. Hmmmmm.....
NKtaxPAyerAlso March 17, 2011 at 01:48 PM
You are 100% correct Wellness. I have deleted my comment. I do not know why they send all these police and fire and ambulances to a false alarm. It doesn't make scenes to me? There must be a reason though. I identify myself by my screen name only. All I need is some one that doesn't agree with my views to show up at my house. People are crazy. I do think it is very nice that you put your store name as your screen name. On a side note I do love your store and have been in many times. :-). All I am saying is The article's title is about the animal shelter and recycling, and some how it turns into people attacking our police, fire and ambulance personal. I would like to see some consolidation to a county wide School, DPW, Fire, Police and Ambulance system. I think we could save allot of money that way. This of course would require our towns and cities to talk to each other and agree on polices. So i don't think this will ever happen. I have donated to the Animal Shelter in the form of food and blankets for the pets. Maybe we can keep it open on a volunteer basis? With donations? Or like I said with the other town departments, have a county wide animal shelter.
Wellness Store & Day Spa March 17, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Thanks for taking the time to clarify and I agree with you. Enjoy this beautiful day!
Dark star March 27, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Great point Mr. Lincoln. The busses run half full while kids are driven or drive. There are so many students driving that they are petitioning for a larger parking lot. The majority of todays parents are soft and raising soft, spoiled kids.


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