Cranston School Committee Approves a Caruolo Action

From today’s Providence Journal:

The School Committee voted late Tuesday night to sue the city for $4.9 million in additional education aid, setting the stage for a costly, bruising legal battle.
The committee became the second in the state this year, after the West Warwick board, to authorize a lawsuit seeking more cash from a local municipality in what is known as a Caruolo action.
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Talk of a Caruolo action has been swirling since the beginning of the fiscal year, when school officials said they could not run the schools with the $125.3 million they got from federal, state and local sources.
The school district has maintained, for months, that it would need something on the order of $4 million more from the city to meet its obligations.
But city officials have long speculated that the school district would be willing to settle for something closer to $2 million in the end.
That speculation, it now seems, was faulty.

Is it too obvious to point out that this could have been avoided if the School Committee had structured budgets and executed contracts that were within the means of the city?

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Mike
Mike
13 years ago

If the GA really wants to give “education aid” to local communities they would repeal the pathetic Caroulo Act.

Will
13 years ago

I’m sure that [soon to be former] Mayor Mike Napolitano is thrilled at how his “more cooperative” approach with the Cranston School Committee has paid off for the taxpaying citizens of Cranston (insert sarcasm here).
On a lighter note, George Caruolo lives down the street from me. I wonder if he realized back then just how well his presumably well-intentioned legislation would end up soaking local taxpayers, year after year?

Mike
Mike
13 years ago

Oh he knew. They all knew. These dopes may not look bright but they have very bright puppetmasters pulling the string.

Mario
Mario
13 years ago

The same thing is going on in West Warwick. These things happen because school committees don’t have responsibility for their own budget. There is no reason why we should expect school committees, as they are currently structured, to live within the means of the taxpayers because they will never be held accountable for tax increases. Either they should be given the power to raise their own funds or they should be dissolved, with their powers going to the city/town council. I honestly don’t know why West Warwick or Cranston hasn’t moved to dissolve their respective school committees already.

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

Caruolo was John Harwood’s right-hand man. ‘Nuff said.

Mike
Mike
12 years ago

All school commitee’s should be stripped of having anything to do with financial matters. NOW-from today’s New York Times, a look at the real RI Future. XXX City Council in Bay Area Declares Bankruptcy * E-Mail * Print * Reprints * Save * Share o Digg o Facebook o Mixx o Yahoo! Buzz o Permalink By JESSE McKINLEY Published: May 8, 2008 VALLEJO, Calif. — In a potentially ominous harbinger for some cities in California and elsewhere, the Vallejo City Council voted to declare bankruptcy Tuesday night in the face of dwindling tax revenues, the housing market meltdown and a faltering economy. The unanimous vote was cast after late efforts to squeeze concessions out of city employees failed and with the city facing a $16 million shortfall for the fiscal year beginning in July. “We finally realized there are no other options,” Councilwoman Joanne Schivley, a retired banker, said. “We were going to run out of cash come the end of June. It’s not a decision that any of us took pleasure in, but there are a lot of other cities that are probably be in the same boat shortly.” What worries some experts is that some of the problems here are all too common, a steep decrease in property and sales taxes and transfer fees as a result of weakness in the housing market. “At one point, bankruptcy seemed beyond the pale, but it’s something that one hears about a lot more now,” said John Quigley, a professor of economics at University of California, Berkeley. “And in California, you hear about a lot of cities being pushed to this sort of thinking by the housing crisis.” A bayside community of 117,000 25 miles northeast of San Francisco, Vallejo is the largest city in California to declare bankruptcy, though Orange… Read more »

Mike
Mike
12 years ago

SOUND FAMILAR? More on todays Chapter 9 bankruptcy in Vallejo California
1. The city is totally run by Democrats and has been for years.
2. The population is majority Third World with increasing illegal alien infestation.
3. The last mayoral election pitted a far-left black man against a far-left open penis worshipping man (who got busted for public drunkeness a couple of days after the election)
4. “the Vallejo police and fire department payroll consumes 80 percent of the city budget…The city council is negotiating with the police and firefighters unions” In other words-TALK TO THE UNIONS.
5. “98 firefighters made more than $100,000 and 10 made more than $200,000 including overtime”
6. “Two contributing factors have also been cited: the aforementioned high salaries, and current and future pension outlays, payments of which are likely not sustainable”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vallejo,_California
Anybody out there gonna argue that this is NOT the real “RI Future” -at least for Providence and Kent counties (other than EG, Scituate, Foster and a couple more rural towns) ?

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