Smithfield voters to decide budget at tonight's FTM

Smithfield voters to decide budget at tonight's FTM

SMITHFIELD - The annual Financial Town Meeting takes place tonight, Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in the Smithfield High School auditorium, 90 Pleasant View Ave.

Residents will be asked to approve the $64.8 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015, which includes no tax increase and a $1 million increase to schools to fund all-day kindergarten.

The municipal budget is proposed at $27.6 million, a decrease of $441,567 from the previous year. The proposed school budget totals $34 million.

A total of $1.3 million has been proposed for capital improvements, which include funding for school technology, bridge replacement and truck payments, upgrades to the police and fire departments, and resurfacing of the Deerfield Park courts.

Debt service payments are proposed to total $1.9 million.

Smithfield's registered voters will receive wristbands and should sit in the front, middle section of the auditorium, with other attendees off to the right. Votes will be taken by a show of hands first, but can be decided to be counted by voice vote or paper ballot.

Visit www.smithfieldri.com to view the proposed budget.