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1/19/2017 Rep. Edwards introduces bill that would increase Tiverton’s school housing aid
STATE HOUSE —  House Majority Whip John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth) has submitted legislation that would increase the percentage of school housing aid that Tiverton receives from the state as re-imbursement for the bond costs for the three new elementary schools, which is currently 30 percent.

The bill (2017-H 5136) would permit the town of Tiverton to be prospectively reimbursed at the 40 percent floor of the housing aid share ratio on projects completed before June 30, 2010.

Whip Edwards. “As part of the new school funding formula, the minimum reimbursement was increased to 40 percent for all schools finished after June 30, 2010,” explained Whip Edwards. “The Tiverton schools were completed in 2008. In the interest of fairness to the people of Tiverton, this adjustment would help even things out, and would not create any burden on the state.”

The legislation, which is cosponsored by Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton), has been referred to the House Finance Committee.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903