Out of the $4.1 million School budget Increase:
Class size averages:
There will be more teacher lay offs at the end of this fiscal year. That exact number is not yet known.
In the near future, the Schools will be asking Warwick taxpayers to borrow $85 million to fix the Warwick school buildings, something the CITY should have been doing and keeping up with all along, but the City hasn't been.
The Mayor has been too busy giving it all away wastefully and fraudulently on the CITY side of business.
The Mayor has always known the school student enrollment numbers have been consistently declining over the years and so has the Warwick School Department. The City and the Schools have been banging their heads together for years and a few on the City Council didn't help to improve that relationship.
The Mayor never took to a podium mic to champion healthcare and pension reform on the City side of business to preserve the financial health of our City and to entice more and more families to come, rather than to go. The Mayor never championed the necessity of school consolidation starting 10 years ago.. and the importance of being financially responsible--at least for the kids-- so that one day we could build them a brand new school complex.
Instead, the Mayor has been skulking around for years, consistently taxing home and business owners to keep his cronies happy.. all the while using the local media to sweep everything under the rug and make all seem peachy.. when in fact it's anything but.
There has never been a Warwick Republican City Committee, it's always been a farce, a joke, a scam. Nothing more than a bunch of fakes and phonies all helping each other.
Why has the RIGOP allowed this continue without calling it out, EVER? Never ONCE did any other "Republican" denounce this Mayor that has been financially destroying a City.
Look at the local media outlets. They all know what's going on here in Warwick and they do the same, they don't call it out.
WAKE UP GOOD PEOPLE OF WARWICK.
It's an absolute appalling disgrace.
Warwick taxpayers are on their 18th straight year of tax increases!
STOP THE TAXPAYER EXTORTION!
Pawtuxet's Historic Fair House... State Fair Exhibit Hall, to a School, to a House for the Homeless.
The Fair House is a 2 1/2 story historic "Greek Revival Building" located at 69 Fair Street in Pawtuxet Village. It was originally built in 1820 by the Budlong family who were members of the Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry.
The Society brought the State Fair to Pawtuxet and would use the Fair House to display the exhibits of those who were participating in the fair. The Fair grounds were used for different activities to attract people of all ages, prizes were given out, and prominent speakers would also come to the grounds to give the Society's message.
After the State Fair continued to grow in size, it eventually moved to Narragansett park. Former Governor and Senator, John Brown Francis -who served as Treasurer for the Society- championed that a portion of the Fair Grounds be used for educational purposes and eventually, a portion of the fair grounds became a public meeting place and a school.
The Fair House eventually went on to serve a few other organizations before it ultimately became vacant.
The Fair House --4100 sf sitting on a 35,660 sf lot--was purchased by the House of Hope back in 2012 for $125,000.
Former HOH Director, Jean Johnson (got a $240K back tax write-off break from her friend the Mayor), went before the City Planning Dept. for a zoning change to have the property developed into 10 affordable housing units.. 5 at the existing historic house and another 5 units built as an addition.
The property just next door at 57 Fair Street is also owned by HOH and offers affordable and supportive housing as well.
It would be interesting to know how many families in the surrounding historic Pawtuxet area knew about the ONE public outreach meeting and that these affordable housing changes to the residential area would be coming. Only three members of the public showed up to the one public outreach meeting.
After the zoning change, construction began in 2015 and the Fair House was renovated to accommodate 10 affordable housing units costing approximately $1.6 million including: $231K in historic tax credits, $350K in RI Housing funding, Federal Home Loan Funds and CDBG funding.
Is this the only way to get our beautiful historic properties restored in Warwick? What was once a thriving society that encouraged domestic industry has now become housing for the homeless.
What do the people of historic Pawtuxet Village think?
Will more families come.. or go?
Looking over the Personnel Supplements and comparing last year to this year...
The DPW "Business Manager" got a $10,155 salary increase.
The "Senior Foreman Recycling/Sanitation" got a $8,401 salary increase.
$371,000 in OT for the DPW.
The Executive Director of the Warwick Sewer Authority current salary is $94,476
The "Information System Administrator" (MIS dept.) got a $14,510 salary increase.
The "Tax Assessor's" salary is now at $100,531.
The Mayor created 2 "Custodian" positions in the police department back in FY 2014-205 for his good buddies. The "Lead custodian" position for his good friend with a starting salary of $52,211 & a "Building Custodian" position starting at $34,680. Then another part-time custodian position was created in FY 15/16 with a salary of $14,145.
This FY, the lead custodian salary is now $58,102, the building custodian salary is up to $47,617 and the part-time custodian at $14,145. These are 3 positions that were created for friends of the Mayor that were not needed.
That's $119,864 of more wasted taxpayer dollars to the Mayor's buddies.
More to come ...
TAX INCREASE YET AGAIN! 18th straight year of tax increases and it will never end.
🛑 Personal property, increased to $20.70 (from $20.24)--
🛑 Commercial -increased to $31.05 (from $30.36)and
🛑Tangible personal property --increased to $41.40 (from $40.48)--all taxes increasing yet again for the 18th straight year.
The budget increases by about $12 million and the majority of it is being allocated almost entirely to employee salaries and benefits, pensions and healthcare. Less than $1 million to social and human services.
Schools did not get what they asked for and the City took twice as much!!
Another $3 million pulled from the city's savings account to balance the budget. This is how the Mayor plays games. The spending doesn't reflect the revenue. He's creating even more of a STRUCTURAL DEFICIT!! How much more will taxes have to be increased next year? ???
Our 2002-2003 budget was $232 million.
Our 2007-2008 budget was $275 million
Our 2017-2018 budget is $310 million
During this time, school buildings have decayed, senior centers have closed, human and social services funding has consistently decreased, our roads have and continue to crumble before our eyes, our parks, beaches and roads are covered in litter and sand, our beaches continue to close because of pollution...
Why are the people so asleep?
Is this what you want for your parents? Your children?
This is a slow death of a city.
Every single year that you live in Warwick... your taxes will be going up.. and up.. and up...
Budget hearings-- AND ALL TAXPAYERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AND ASK QUESTIONS-- start Friday May 26th, Tuesday May 30th, Wednesday May 31st and Thursday June 1st. All starting at 5pm.
BIDS & Agenda for Tonight's Warwick City Council Meeting 5/15/2017- HEALTHCARE.. the Whale in the Chamber.
Full City Council agenda can be found by clicking here.
BID docket.. and keep scrolling to more on the the School healthcare BID (below.)
The Warwick School Department medical and dental insurance proposal report can be found starting on page number 17. Warwick schools are looking for a $1.586 million/8% increase for medical and dental coverage for their active and retired employees. If the City stays with the Inter-local Trust as their medical insurance provider, it would be looking at a $1.3 million increase.
Currently..."the City and schools cover 2,480 employees and retirees and the annual spend is approximately $38,996,615. This equates to $15,724 per covered employee per year."
The City covers 1172 active & retired employees, the Schools cover 1308.
Warwick taxpayers are looking at $41+ million just this fiscal year alone, in medical insurance funding for active and retired City and School employees.
This does not include the costs of healthcare for future City retirees which is bankrupting the city. These future healthcare costs, today, (for City retirees only- UNLESS SOMETHING CHANGES & CHANGES FAST) totals approximately $300 million!
It's important to understand the difference in healthcare coverage between the City and the Schools.. take the time to read this general overview (below). City retirees are fully covered 100% which includes their spouse, for life-- School retirees are not. They roll into a Medicare plan at age 65 and their spouses are not covered.
The City needs to be in a self-funded plan with all City retirees rolling into a Medicare 65 plan and all spouses cut off from coverage.
Warwick Senator Jeanine Calkin Backs a Bill That Would Strip Away Any Form of ID As a Requirement To Vote.
The anti-American, anti-constitutional and unpatriotic mentality of Senator Calkin, District 30 Warwick...come on in and vote, no ID required!
Voting is an American citizen's privilege and a legal form of identification must be mandated by law before anyone casts a vote at any polling place!
Why isn't Senator Calkin more concerned about why Rhode Island voter rolls are off by 189,000???
You took an oath of office to serve under loyalty to the United States Constitution... respect that oath and protect the rights of American citizens first and foremost. If you can't do that, you shouldn't be putting your name on any Bill!
A few highlights from the newly released WSA FY18 Budget:
Total WSA Operations & Maintenance costs up by 6.3%
Total WSA Department Revenue down by 1.5%.
Total WSA Budget: $21.1 million (some adjustments to be made)
The WSA is working on "other sources of revenue" i.e., commercial and multi unit properties.
Over the next month, the WSA will be cramming in the Enabling Legislation Criteria that is due . The WSA had a year to prepare this information, but they will be getting this all done in the next few weeks, i.e. developing a hardship clause, re-writing the rules and regulations, establishing interest rates on assessments, etc, etc..
I've said it before and I'll say it again, the WSA should be sold off and privatized as was done in the city of Cranston.