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Stanley: Lack of tax base, JFC voice crippling Warren

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  14 Comments

To the editor: The suggestion that the Town of Warren must “tighten their belts” is empty rhetoric. Against an ominous backdrop the Town of Warren works to craft a responsible budget each year.  The department head, Town Manager and the council work to develop a balanced operating budget that incorporates a combination of conservative economic […]

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Warren cuts summer beach programs, makes broad cuts amid budget crisis

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  News  /  3 Comments

Warren town councilors (from left) Scott Lial, Chris Stanley and David Frerichs go over the numbers at a recent Joint Finance Committee meeting.

Faced with escalating school costs they say were forced on them by Warren’s wealthier neighbors to the south, Warren Town Council members cut $1 million out of the 2014-15 town budget Tuesday night, slashing programs, positions and traditions that they said could change Warren forever. And there’s more pain to come, they warned. With education […]

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Warren’s school debt to increase with larger share looming in 2014

By   /  November 15, 2013  /  News  /  4 Comments

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Already $416,129 in default on their fair share of the 2012-2013 Bristol Warren Regional School District budget, the Town of Warren should brace for another financial hardship when it faces a 10 percent increase in its share for the 2013-2014 school year. That was the message delivered to the Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday by […]

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JFC unanimously approves ‘historic’ school budget

By   /  March 26, 2013  /  News  /  2 Comments

BW school committee chairman, Paul Silva, addresses members of the JFC.

Bristol Warren School Committee chairman Paul Silva has been involved in presenting the school budget for years and has seen it all — or most of it. Last Tuesday night, though, he couldn’t help but note that this year’s budget marks a real, true milestone: “The budget being presented tonight is actually historic,” he said. “This […]

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Bristol’s Calouro to lead Joint Finance Committee

By   /  March 25, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

When Warren Town Councilor Cathie Tattrie was voted in as the Joint Finance Committee’s interim chairman, she was the only person to vote against her nomination. On Thursday, March 14, Bristol’s Nathan Calouro was voted unanimously to the chairman’s seat, a position that seems to go to anyone willing and thick-skinned enough to accept. “I’m […]

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School funding lawsuit widens, puts JFC members at risk

By   /  November 30, 2012  /  News  /  1 Comment

JFC members, including from left, Chris Stanley, Thomas Gordon, Cathie Tattrie and Ken Marshall face legal questions, since named in the school district's action against Warren.

Unless a judge dismisses the Joint Finance Committee from the lawsuit brought against the town of Warren by the Bristol Warren Regional School District, those that serve on the JFC can expect to receive a court summons as early as next week. The suit came after the Town of Warren refused to pay their share […]

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Stanley: Give Bristol Warren schools power to tax

By   /  October 2, 2012  /  News  /  2 Comments

The president of the Warren Town Council wants to give the public school district the ability to tax people directly. Council president Christopher Stanley proposes a new system where the Bristol Warren Regional School Department taxes property owners in the two towns directly — rather than through each town’s municipal government – to raise the […]

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Bristol Warren school budget impasse in court’s hands

By   /  September 25, 2012  /  Schools  /  1 Comment

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Six months after the Warren Town Council defied a mandate that they pay $12.16 million for education this school year, the Bristol Warren Regional School District has made it official and filed suit against the town, setting the stage for a showdown on how schools are funded in this regional district. The district’s complaint, filed […]

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