At the special Charlestown Town Council meeting on June 17, the Council discussed several options for setting a new budget after the first proposed budget was defeated in the referendum.
They chose an option that would reduce the budget by $1 million with a corresponding reduction in property taxes. They also decided to spend more time (and money, with a professional survey) to study how to best use the still-surplus money in the budget, rather than commit it to a "construction fund."
The next step will be a hearing on the budget on Monday, July 8, at 7 pm at the Charlestown Elementary School. The Council members will determine the ballot question for the new financial referendum. This will be part of the regular July Council meeting, but at the elementary school, to be prepared for attendance that the Town Hall would not support.
Read a lot more about Monday's meeting and decision in The Westerly Sun.