WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) - West Warwick leaders are preparing taxpayers for some bigchanges as the town gets ready to outline plans to eliminate amassive budget shortfall.
The town recently announced they can not afford to pay amulti-million settlement to victims of the station nightclub fire.The town manager says the school department is $3.5 million dollarsover budget.
Tuesday's town council will now be moved to a bigger venuebecause of the overwhelming financial concerns in the town. Thetown manager is calling for swift action in order to get the townout of the hole including layoffs, wage freezing, among othersolutions are all on the table.
"There is no way that we can tax our way out of this problem.And what we are asking for is support from the public, support fromall unions," said Town Manager, James Thomas.
At the town council meeting on Tuesday, Thomas says there willbe three proposals in order to trim up to one million dollars inspending; calling for workforce restructuring, modifications totheir health insurance plans, and certain non-budget items willhave to be condensed.
"It is time for action, it is time for leadership," saidThomas.
According to Thomas it may be time for the school department totake drastic cuts if as expected the town looses more than amillion dollars in state aid.
The meeting will be held at the West Warwick High School onTuesday, February 3, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
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