There is NO effort to create a “Single Taxing District”
This originally ran as a letter to the editor. It has been published in the Chariho Times, but not the Westerly Sun.
I have a 14 year old daughter, Xaviera, who soon begins her freshman year at Chariho High School. Xavi loves Chariho; she loves her teachers – and she’s very excited! Our family loves Chariho. Xavi went to Richmond Elementary and just graduated from Chariho Middle School. She’s enjoyed her Chariho experiences. And I do everything in my power to support the Chariho School District.
Chariho Superintendant Barry Ricci and the Chariho School Committee perform admirably. Chariho in particular serves as a great example of the benefits of regionalization.
So I was sad to read about the recent actions of the Charlestown Town Council. The Town Council sent out via their Pipeline newsletter the suggestion that a single taxing district was a likelihood. The conclusion reached by the newsletter was that this would be a disaster for Charlestown taxpayers.
This seems like a scare tactic. We need to work together to strengthen the district, not divide it with rhetoric.