News Brief: Council Passes $89.56 Million Budget

The spending plan goes into effect on July 1.

On June 23, the Johnston Town Council unanimously approved an $89.56 million spending plan for fiscal 2012 that requires a 94-cent-per-$1,000 tax rate increase, about a 3 percent hike.

Mayor Joseph M. Polisena presented the budget at the hearing, held at the , and blamed recent cuts in state aid — which he said total $9 million — and federal mandates like the recent health care reforms with causing the town to raise taxes.

Owners of homes valued at $200,000 will see a $188 increase in their tax bills in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Watch JohnstonPatch tomorrow for complete coverage, including photos and videos, of the town budget meeting.


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