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The Valley Breeze & Observer 4-25-13

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2013 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE Observer the valley breeze & Take a spin Earth-Conscious activity Historic Looff Carousel is open for the season. LIVING Scituate students work together to build rain gardens to protect our water supply. PAGE 5 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Finlay budget needs 1.6 % tax bump Auditor will Small steps to a healthy planet review school administrator bonus plan Citizen Costantino tells school board that long-time cash benefits may violate tax law Two-thirds cut to school request; recall of 18 teachers uncertain By GERRY GOLDSTEIN By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent SMITHFIELD – After hearing complaints that School Department administrators get cash benefits that may violate federal tax codes, the Town Council at its April 16 meeting voted to seek a compreCOSTANTINO hensive performance audit of the district's practices. The issue, and additional complaints that school boards over the years have followed compensation policies whose origins cannot be found on the public record, were raised by businessman Alfred Costantino. After hearing his presentation, the council voted 4-0, with Ronald Manni absent, to See AUDIT, Page 10 Valley Breeze & Observer photo by Elise Manahan Earth-conscious at an early age, Sam Dodge, 5, of Smithfield, patrols the water's edge looking for garbage to pull out as he and his family clean up Esmond Park for Earth Day last Saturday. Sam told The Valley Breeze & Observer his favorite part of the cleanup was finding an old bike someone abandoned in the brush. See more photos on page 8. NORTH PROVIDENCE SM ITH FIELD/ GREENVILLE 6 54-410 0 SMITHFIELD – Town Manager Dennis Finlay has recommended a municipal budget of $63 million for the fiscal year starting July 1 that reflects $950,000 in additional spending over this year's appropriation, and carries a property tax increase of 1.63 percent to $17.47 a thousand. The proposed budget, which must now pass muster with the Town Council, and subsequently with voters at the June 13 Financial Town Meeting, would increase the School Department's current appropriation from tax dollars by $300,000. That's less than a third of the $1.1 million increase sought by Supt. Robert O'Brien and the School Committee. Finlay also proposes putting into escrow for schools Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 2 33-8 96 6 1818 M i neralSpri Ave. ng an additional $200,000 in capital spending money to buy computers for new standardized testing that requires them. Finlay His budget plan also includes a 1.64 percent increase in the tangibles tax on business equipment, to $60.89. The tax on motor vehicles remains frozen by the state at $39 a thousand. The current exemption on the first $1,000 of a vehicle's value – $500 allowed by the state and a like amount by the town – would remain level. The annual fee paid by users of the municipal sewer system would rise by $10 to $320, an amount that Finlay says is still proportionately one of the lowest in the state. The manager's budget also See BUDGET, Page 12 Anderson Winfield Funeral Home 375 Putnam Pi ke Sun.- Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ;Fri & Sat.11AM - 1AM . 7 $ 99 CARRYOUT ONLY Dental care for the entire family. GREENVILLE MEDICAL CENTER 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Accepting New Patients 949-3200 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. Route 44 at Greenville Common Greenville, RI 02828 (401)949-0180

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