August 3, 2020

DR School Committee Approves $44M Budget

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The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Committee approved a $44 million budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which begins on July 1. A public hearing was also held Tuesday.

The committee also approved a tentative operating budget to the town of Rehoboth for kindergarten through 8th grade in the amount of $12, 271,678. The operating budget for Dighton is $10, 317, 787.

The capital assessment for Rehoboth is $770, 700 and $403, 919 for Dighton. Rehoboth’s operating assessment is $18, 719, 770.

Committee member George Solas, who is also a member of the Rehoboth finance committee, expressed his concern about declining state revenues and the impact that could have on the budget going forward.

Committee Chairperson Katherine Cooper told Solas he was out of order because the motion was already made to proceed with the vote. “We shouldn’t be discussing this at all right now,” Cooper said.

 Solas voted not to approve the towns’ operating budgets.

The annual town meeting will be held on June 16, although the board of selectmen said that could be delayed.

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