Rhode Island voters will decide on school repair bonds
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Communities across Rhode Island are asking voters for permission to borrow money for school infrastructure repairs.
WPRI-TV reports that eight cities and towns will place bond questions totaling $770 million on the November ballot, along with a statewide $250 million bond issue.
The local ballot questions will be in Cumberland, East Providence, Jamestown, North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield and Warwick.
Pawtucket’s $220 million bond issue is the largest behind the statewide issue.
Communities are asking for the bonds to refurbish aging school buildings and athletic facilities.
State Treasurer Seth Magaziner says the $250 million bond will go toward pay-as-you-go projects.
He says there hasn’t been a statewide bond in 30 years and that it will take many years before kids and teachers get “the kind of schools they deserve.”
Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com