Bringing the Town to the State’s Attention

I’ve got an op-ed in today’s Providence Journal placing Tiverton’s budget battles in the context of community and different notions thereof.

In one version of “community,” it’s a good thing to be a slob, thereby creating a need for other residents to pay somebody to clean up, and it’s a bad thing to take an idle moment to clean where children play.

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Phil
Phil
11 years ago

This is another example of how far the Providence Journal has slipped into irrelevance. It publishes a rehashed blog post as an editorial instead of having it appear in the lettrs to the editor section. Where are its standards?

Ken welchman
Ken welchman
11 years ago

Here are the real facts from an independent source for the TCC (aka a-holes against kids) to chew on. The real residents of Tiverton will prevail on Saturday. I just don’t understand how a parent of 3 kids in Tiverton can care more about himself than his kids. Oh, that’s right, his kids go to private schools. Read below. I am not a Townie. I am a Tiger, not an outsider from Portsmouth. Ken Welchman 5/11/10 10:26AM | 1041 views Talk of 22 % Tiverton tax hike is pure fiction Article Tools Print Email ShareThis To the editor: After several calls to my office following Saturday’s Financial Town Meeting, I was taken aback by the assertion that taxes were going to increase 22% if the schools received the money they’re requesting. I informed them that during the meeting, I keep track in real time any motions made that deviate from the recommended Budget Committee’s budget, and at no time did any motion on the floor exceed 7.31%. I asked where they came up with the 22% number and they stated that TCC was telling them this. I followed up by visiting the TCC website where there is a letter from David Nelson, president of the TCC, in which he twice states that support for the School Committee’s budget would cause a 22% increase in taxes. This is simply not true. Before I go any further, please let me explain to the residents that, as tax assessor, I take no stand on any budget, nor do I endorse anyone’s plan or motion. I am not a resident of this town and my only reason for sending this letter is to let the residents know that a 22% tax increase is impossible. The School Committee’s requested budget and Mrs. Deb Pallasch’s motion… Read more »

Justin Katz
11 years ago

Actually, Mr. Robert was unaware of the dispute that’s actually in question. See here for my response. It’s a shame that the tax assessor has decided to make his a political position.
By the way, just because a parent has children in the school does not mean that he or she has to assist the district in transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars from struggling residents to well-paid employees.

Phil
Phil
11 years ago

I’ve taken a 14% reduction in pay in the past two years. My wife’s place of employment closed, and she’s earning significantly less, with greater costs, this year.
This is most likely the only honest thing that you have written of late.

Monique
Editor
11 years ago

“(aka a-holes against kids)”
Have any teacher raises in Tiverton over the last, say, three decades, ever been tied to student achievement?
Will one dollar of the currently proposed tax hike be tied to student achievement?
You need to update your p.r. lines, friend. The wail of “It’s for the chiii-hilll-dren” became a laugh out loud punch line years ago.

Robert Balliot
11 years ago

There is a very, very strong class/ caste dynamic in Rhode Island. It has been reinforced with each wave of immigration. The general idea is, if you have been here a long time, you are entitled. Newcomers don’t speak the same language. They don’t look or dress the same. Newcomers clean up and take care of the physical labor.
The problem with you, Justin, is that as a newcomer, as an recent immigrant you want an equal say along with everyone else in the community about how your money is being spent. And, you do speak the same language and look like lots of the people who have been here a long time. That inteferes with the class/caste system. And, you make it even more confusing by cleaning up after the people who are ‘entitled’.

Phil
Phil
11 years ago

TCC must stand for trash collecting citizen.

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