FINANCIAL TOWN MEETING
JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND

March 6, 2000

The annual financial town meeting was called to order by Susan Romano,
Town Moderator, at 7:00 PM at the Jamestown School, 55 Lawn Avenue.
     The following Town Council members were present:

David J. Long, President
Kenneth G. Littman, Vice President
Craig A. Amerigian
Bruce W. McIntyre
David Swain
As well as School Committee members:

Sirje Carl, Chair
Laura E. Clarke
Donna T. Patterson
Barbara B. Davis
Mary H. Keen
Also present were:

Maryanne Crawford, CPA, Town Administrator
Arlene D. Kalooski, Town Clerk
Christina Collins, Deputy Finance Director
A. Lauriston Parks, Esq., Town Solicitor
Thomas P. Tighe, Chief of Police
Charles F. McSoley, Town Sergeant
Susan Q. Romano, Moderator
Dr. Frances Gallo, School Superintendent
Helen O'Hara, Director of Pupil Services
Dureen J. Bryer, School Business Manager

The Moderator defined the order of the meeting.
      A motion was made by Councilor Amerigian and seconded by Councilor
Littman to waive the reading of the warrant and resolutions.
     There being no request for discussion, motion was put to a voice
vote, which clearly carried.

TOWN COUNCIL PRESIDENT DAVID J. LONG
Town Council President Long presented the annual town and school budget
for the fiscal year 2000-2001, in the amount of $12,664,938.00 with a tax
rate of $16.25 per $1,000, for a 3.9% increase in tax rate.  Council
President Long informed the assembly that the bulk of the increases in
this years budget falls under capital improvements totaling more than
$260,000.00; which includes $110,000.00 for work to be done at Taylor
Point and the Community Center, $55,000.00 to cover the increases in blue
cross and insurance for employees, and $50,000.00 for East Ferry
improvements.
       Council President Long mentioned several challenges that Jamestown
will be facing in the next few years; updating the sewer treatment plant,
continuing repair to the infrastructure on the waterfront and the Public
Works garage.
      He also noted that the Council has been working on the water issues
on a three tier approach; installation of Town wells, utilizing South
Pond, and seriously looking at desalination.
      In closing, Council President Long encouraged all residents to
attend Town Council meetings and to take part in their local government.  

SCHOOL COMMITTEE CHAIR, SIRJE CARL
School Committee Chair, Sirje Carl informed the assembly that all the
teachers at the school have taken part in professional development, most
have completed the Standards Course I.  The Jamestown School curriculum
has been aligned with the national standards and has made a great
difference in our program and what the students are learning.
      Ms. Carl reported that in the statewide testing of English and
mathematics, Jamestown students were ranked near the top or at the top in
many categories.
       In a recent visit by the Commissioner of Education, Jamestown
received many positive comments.
      Ms. Carl extended an invitation to visit the Jamestown schools and
attend School Committee meetings.
      In conclusion, Ms. Carl asked for support of the Jamestown School
budget.

The Town Moderator reviewed the rules for an orderly meeting and opened
the meeting for comments.

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman that
the Town government portion of the budget in the amount of $5,483,672.00.

The Moderator called for discussion:
  
Richard Hines, 1088 East Shore Road noted that the tax rate increase is
quite an accomplishment; however, there are some disturbing numbers hidden
in this budget.
      Town spending for operations of the Town and school budget is up 17%
in the last two years, which exceeds the rate of inflation.
     Mr. Hines commented that if that rate of increase were to continue,
in five years it would be a 50% increase in spending. 
  
Norma Willis 1191 North Road made reference to account number 70110.000,
Audit of Accounts.
      Ms. Willis questioned the type of audit the Town receives and
expressed concern over the loss of funds; specifically, money lost from
Hurricane Bob.
      Additionally, Ms. Willis asked why the cost of audit has gone from
$6,700.00 to $8,100.00.  
Councilor Amerigian explained that the cost of the audit is based on a
three year bid which is up for rebid this fiscal year.
      It is expected that the costs associated with a Town audit have
risen.
      The Town Administrator informed Ms. Willis that the funds received
from the Federal Government were received and turned over to the Harbor
Management Commission.
      Ms. Willis requested permission to review audit reports.  The Town
Administrator stated that 1998 audit is available and the 1999 audit
should be available in two to three weeks.

Richard Allphin, 59 Clarke Street questioned why the amount for
immunizations, under Personnel, has been increased by such a significant
amount.
       Councilor Amerigian informed him that the increased cost covers the
immunizations for additional departments along with additional types of
immunizations.
      Mr. Allphin also questioned the increases for insurance.  The Town
Administrator noted that in the past insurance was paid from one account,
whereas now, these payments are budgeted from individual departments.
      In addition, the costs of insurance has increased.  

There being no further discussion, a voice vote was taken and the motion
clearly carried.

The Moderator called for a motion on the School Budget.

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
approve the School Budget in the amount of $7,181,266.00.  The voice vote
was taken and the motion clearly carried.

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Swain to approve
the total combined budget in the amount of $12,644,938.00.  The voice vote
was taken and the motion clearly carried.

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
approve Resolution Number 1 for the Sewer Line Frontage Tax Rate.
      The voice vote was taken and the motion clearly carried.

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
approve Resolution Number 2 for the Borrowing in Anticipation of Taxes.
      The voice vote was taken and the motion clearly carried.

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor Long to approve
Resolution Number 3 for the Disposition of Collected Back Taxes.
      The voice vote was taken and the motion clearly carried.

It was moved by Councilor Littman, seconded by Councilor McIntyre to
approve Resolution Number 4 Forgiving Harbor Management Commission Loan.
      A voice vote was taken, the results were unclear and the  Moderator
called for a hand count whereby the motion clearly carried.

It was moved by Councilor Amerigian, seconded by Councilor Littman to
approve Resolution Number 5 Setting the Tax Rate which involves the
assessment and collection of a tax on the ratable real estate and tangible
personal property in the sum not less than $10,368,106.00, or not less
than $16.25, nor more than $16.50 per thousand dollars of assessed
valuation.  The voice vote was taken and the motion clearly carried.

There being no further business before the assembly, motion made and
seconded to adjourn the Financial Town Meeting at 7:34PM.
There being no requests for discussion, the motion was put to a voice
vote, which clearly carried.
Attest:

Arlene D. Kalooski
Town Clerk