Supt. Thornton asks for $1.62 million hike in school budget

Supt. Thornton asks for $1.62 million hike in school budget

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UMBERLAND - Although still awaiting authorization for the final $290,000 of the $1 million increase to this year's school budget, Supt. Philip Thornton is proposing that Cumberland taxpayers contribute a new $1.62 million to schools next year, or a 2.5 percent increase on the local tax levy.

The tax bill for a home assessed at $300,000 would go up $117, or as Thornton puts it, $2.25 a week.

Thornton launched an aggressive campaign for the added funds last week with a budget presentation to the School Committee. Noting that Cumberland's per-pupil continues to be the lowest in Rhode Island, he's calling for a long-range effort to "reduce the fiscal equity gap between Cumberland and the 52 other (school districts) in Rhode Island."


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