Cranston: Higher Taxes for the Same Education System
Fellow Cranstonian Kiersten Marek of Kmareka offers some poignant commentary on Mayor Michael Napolitano’s proposal to raise taxes in Cranston by 5.25% while giving the school department a 0% increase…
This act has marked you, Mayor Napolitano. In my mind, it has marked you as someone who deliberately does unreasonable things in order to provoke a reaction. You can protest until the cows come home about how much you care about education, but it just doesn’t ring true when your budget does not allocate one single dollar in increases for the actual acts of educating children in our city. You have effectively alienated your core constituency.Ms. Marek helps identify the common ground shared by many liberal and conservative citizens — we can agree that raising taxes while not improving essential services is a bad idea.
But of course, pols sometimes have interests that are different from the interests of citizens of any ideological stripe.
I have less faith than Ms. Marek does that the Mayor’s budget proposal isn’t a cynical ploy to force the school committee to sue the city for more money, allowing the Mayor to disavow responsibility for any associated tax increase or other financial consequences. Beyond that, the only other thing I have to immediately add to Ms. Marek’s prose is a bit of haiku…
The budget disgrace
of Mike Napolitano.
A case for recall.
Commenters “Perry Ellis” and “Oz” let us know that the Cranston City Charter does make all elected city officials subject to recall (section 2.08). The basic rules are…
- 20% of registered voters must sign a petition to force a recall election.
- Removing an official requires a 2/3 majority of votes cast in the recall election.