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Coventry Town Manager: School Funding Request Too Much

Some citizens have asked for an increase to the School Department budget by increasing the tax rate to the maximum of 4 percent.

Credit: Coventry Teachers' Alliance
Credit: Coventry Teachers' Alliance
The following is a news release from Coventry Town Manager Tom Hoover's office:

At the May 5, 2014 Budget hearing on the Fiscal Year 2014/2015 budget before the Coventry Town Council and Coventry School Committee many citizens asked for consideration to be given to funding an increase to the School Department budget by increasing the tax rate to the State maximum of 4.0%.

Town Manager Tom Hoover has previously recommended a 1.96 % increase to the tax rate to fund the needs of the current municipal services. Hoover has not recommended a $1,582,077 increase that has been requested by the School Department. 

A 4.0% increase would create a $2,581,963 increase to the tax levy. The 1.96% increase recommended by Hoover creates a $1,265,162 tax levy increase. Therefore, $1,316,801 would be available to fund a major portion of the school’s request at a 4.0% levy increase.

The Coventry Town Council and Coventry School Committee will have a Work Session on Monday, May 12, 2014, at 6:00 PM, at the Town Hall Annex Auditorium, 1675 Flat River Road, where citizens can provide their input to the proposed FY 2014/2015 budget which will begin July 1, 2014.
Gem101 May 08, 2014 at 11:48 AM
This Town is run by the teachers union and thats all you need to know. the Taxpayers are just sheep and don't forget it.
Can't Wait To Leave May 08, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Teacher appreciation day was yesterday. Did you guys get the list from the school telling you what food you could bring in to show how much you appreciate them? How pathetic....your salaries, benefits, vacation weeks and summers off is way more appreciation than is deserved.
Tom Badger May 08, 2014 at 12:57 PM
I'm sure all the kids really appreciate the 4th world education they are getting @ the highest cost in the state .
Melvin J. Ferd III May 09, 2014 at 10:44 AM
The taxpayers have to take a stand. The unions are out of control and wringing us dry. Teachers and central cov fire are the worst offenders. Why do we have the distinct honor of having to pay more than our neighboring towns?
Gem101 May 09, 2014 at 11:22 AM
I wouldn't put the full blame on the unions they only asked for what they have, someone that you elected negotiated it for them. So if you want to point a finger point it at those you voted for because like I said they voted to give the union those rates. What stand do you have the state took over enough said your too late.

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