Chariho School Parents’ Forum

March 17, 2009

no support from Richmond

Filed under: Budget — Editor @ 9:59 pm

h/t GD

RTC voted to NOT support the Chariho budget due to lack of state budget info.



  1. The RTC was very clear (5-0 vote) that asking the electors to vote on the budget before there is clarity on state funding is irresponsible. Make no mistake, they are recommending a “NO” vote on Apr. 7.

    While the RTC vote is premised on the referendum date, there was opposition to the price tag. Very hard to say how that vote would have gone, certainly wouldn’t have been unanamous, probably 3-2, not sure which way. Regardless, there is not universal support for the budget from RTC.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — March 18, 2009 @ 8:54 am | Reply

  2. And, RTC feels that the budget will be defeated at the polls. They are hearing discontent from the voters.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — March 18, 2009 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  3. ….too bad they didn’t have this “great foresight” during the bond vote. One has to wonder if the financial reality we have all been alluding to for the past year has finally come home to roost and the RTC has peered into the fiscal future and went “golly gee where are we going to get more money from”.

    Comment by RS — March 18, 2009 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  4. Mr. Reddish certainly didn’t express any problems with Chariho spending. He spoke at the School Committee meeting, and his inane comments were in opposition to a spending cut. I summarize Mr. Dumbass’s comments more specifically in another post on the meeting. Suffice it to say that he remains a typical Richmondite who’s never seen Chariho spending he didn’t like. Perhaps as an employee of a bank he now feels like a federal government employee? With guys like Dumbass working at banks, no wonder they are costing us trillions.

    I haven’t heard talk of the Chariho budget “on the street”. Admittedly, “the street” and me aren’t that connected. Where is the place in Hopkinton where one can go to measure the mood of the citizenry? Senior lunches at the Crandall House?

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 18, 2009 @ 9:43 am | Reply

  5. Keep in mind three of the members are new to the RTC. One is in his 2nd term and one has been there from Roman days.

    TC interaction with Chariho would be a wonderful debate. Our state constitution sets the table for separation and limited authority for TCs (even in single town districts).

    I believe this disconnect is a serious flaw … Some entity must have supervisory oversight of the district, now there is none. It’s got to be TCs or Comm of Ed, take your pick, but pick one.

    The bonds aren’t bad in of themselves, their are political ramifications (can’t leave for 20 yrs) and management of asset issues.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — March 18, 2009 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  6. If history is a measure, Hopkinton will probably vote it down.

    I hear sentiment in Charlestown is to vote NO.

    This budget is on a fast track to being dumped at the polls.

    Comment by Gene Daniell — March 18, 2009 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  7. True….bonds aren’t bad….but borrowing money for maintenance items which should be reflected in the annual budget is not a trait of the fiscally responsible. Of course the path this country is on, borrow for todays spending with disregard for the future is right up a maintenacne bonds alley.

    Comment by RS — March 18, 2009 @ 10:03 am | Reply

  8. While bonds can have a legitimate purpose, we were crazy to trust this administration and School Committee with more of our money when they have a proven record of failure on the one thing where they supposedly have expertise. Our children are not receiving an adequate education.

    Chariho spending has been heavy on employees and light everywhere else. Add to this we stupidly ensured the next generation from Hopkinton and Richmond of 20 more years of an unfair and financially harmful taxing scheme. If Richmond families ever reach the same point as Hopkinton families and can no longer afford to sustain a failing school, the next generation will still have a fat and happy Charlestown population willing to spend any amount at 1/3 the cost of us.

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 18, 2009 @ 10:50 am | Reply

  9. Hi!
    The Chariho budget will obviously go down when it is voted on. The mechanical problem is this, towns will have a problem with their municipal budget development this year, more so than the past because of its upcoming likely rejection. I spoke Monday night at the Hopkinton Town Council meeting about the school budget going down or will be closer than the past.
    Check out Edward Eachorn’s editorial in The Providence Journal and the note on the high educational expenditure in Rhode Island in the country and among the lowest in results. It was in yesterday.
    Tomorrow evening The Rhode Island Republicans will elect officers. I plan to go. It is at Rhodes On The Pawtuxet in Edgewood, Cranston. Some local Chariho area people will be there. Non members of the Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee can attend and there is no charge. I assume the Governor will likely show up.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — March 18, 2009 @ 11:58 am | Reply

  10. So people dont’ have to struggle looking for it here is a direct link to the editorial:

    PS: It’s Achorn not Eachorn

    Comment by richmondrinews — March 18, 2009 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

  11. Hi!
    My error. Thanks for the correction #10. Mr. Achorn speaks on old time baseball and done a book on The Providence Grays. Heard him speak at the Ashaway Free Library.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — March 18, 2009 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

  12. One of my favorite thinkers is Thomas Sowell. He writes in easy to understand language with a heavy doses of common sense. In a column out today he discusses affordable housing and how local governments created problems in a few places which national politicians then leveraged to shove subprime mortgages down our throats. Something about “open space”/”smart growth” really makes me nervous. Mr. Sowell hits at the core of my fear. Here’s an excerpt:

    “The problem of skyrocketing housing prices was all too real in those places where this problem existed. When you have to live on half your income because the other half goes for housing, that’s a real downer.

    Almost invariably, these severe local problems had local causes– usually severe local restrictions on building homes. These restrictions had a variety of politically attractive names, ranging from “open space” laws and “smart growth” policies to “environmental protection” and “farmland preservation.”

    Like most wonderful-sounding political slogans, none of these lofty goals was discussed in terms of that one four-letter word that people do not use in polite political society– “cost.”

    Comment by Curious Resident — March 18, 2009 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  13. Hi!
    I think a selling point for Hopkinton is its environment. What is really needed is the SERIOUS need to look at the use of ALTERNATIVES to the property tax to fund education as well as UNFUNDED MANDATES. This must come from the state and specifically the Rhode Island General Assembly. We all have to SERIOUSLY consider why with the outlays for education in Rhode Island we do poorly in results!

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — March 18, 2009 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

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