Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The town manager's proposed budget shows a 2.95 percent increase in the tax levy.
Members of the North Kingstown Town Council will have plenty of reading material this week as they received the town manager’s budget for fiscal year 2014 at its Monday night meeting. According to Town Manager Michael Embury, taxpayers will see a big change in their tax rate because of a property revaluation. Real estate values are anticipated to drop by an average of 6 percent across town. To offset that, the tax rate is expected to jump from $17.51 to $19.37 for next year. Those figures may change, Embury warned. Embury’s 2014 budget will reflect a 2.95 percent increase in the tax levy, below the 4 percent maximum allowed by state law. Approximately $1.5 million of the additional tax revenue will go toward the schools while $632,000 will…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
North Kingstown schools may see deep cuts, including the elimination of the athletics program, if level-funded.
The North Kingstown School Committee approved the superintendent’s proposed $59 million budget with a 6 to 1 vote (Bill Mudge opposing). The budget, though tentative, assumes that the school department will receive a four percent increase in taxpayer funding – the most allowed under state tax caps. Adding to the cuts approved last week, the committee approved the elimination of one school bus. According to Superintendent Phil Auger, this cut would not impact start times next year. Mudge did not agree with approving of the proposed budget assuming a four-percent increase and asked that the budget sub-committee be given more time work on the numbers and find further cuts. (The sub-committee is set to meet again later this week.) At the …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The NK School Committee made its first round of cuts.
With more than $500,000 in cuts needed to balance next year’s school budget, the North Kingstown School Committee made its first series of slashes – including cuts to staffing, maintenance, equipment and more. According to School Superintendent Phil Auger, the district faces about $552,000 in cuts to stay in the green. The deficit is due in part to drops in both state and federal funding, as well as an expected dip in student enrollment. North Kingstown is projected to lose 100 students from last year. Additionally, NK will take on an additional 47 students through the expansion of the Crossroads housing complex – though the funding for these students will not arrive until the following academic year. Auger, assuming a four percent …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Provisions include reducing, reorganizing and retiring more teachers and other staff, and assumes Town Council will raise school funding by 4 percent
Faced with shrinking revenue and rising costs, the North Kingstown School Committee on Tuesday reduced its original plans and approved a $58,532,487 budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins in July. The budget, prepared by School Superintendent Phil Auger and his staff, assumes North Kingstown will raise local taxes by the maximum legally allowed of 4 percent and will raise its contribution to the school budget by an equal percentage. Auger said that because most of the school budget is governed by contracts and other legal provisions with built-in cost increases, the approved budget nevertheless requires $1.4 million in cuts. Among them: reducing or eliminating some teaching, library, and other staff jobs, including a savings of $431,846…
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
School Committee member tells residents not to wait until March to complain about a budget set in motion in October.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Next Monday, Oct. 17, the North Kingstown Town Council and the North Kingstown School Committee will meet in a joint session to discuss the upcoming budget forecast for the next budget beginning July 1, 2012. This public meeting should be attended by every resident in North Kingstown, every man, woman and student to learn what the next year will bring. Now is the time for anyone who cares about their tax bill, child's education and what services might be on the cutting block for both the town and school department. This is just the beginning of the process to get to a budget that we can afford, and what will remain for our town services and school programs. Not showing up will not change the eventual outcome. The input from our community…