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  • Tiverton Truth FlashPhoto of The Elector Petition Does Not Add Up

    The Elector Petition Does Not Add Up

    Sanford Mantell and the Town Council and School Committee members who obviously helped him put together his budget petition are not backing down.  They insist that they did not make a math error that they obviously made. Even more, they are saying that the town treasurer signed off on their calculations, which she says she did not do. At a special Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Council member Tricia Hilton waved around a piece of paper claiming that multiple accountants had reviewed Budget #2 and found its math to be correct.  On the paper (she said) were different ways to calculate the total taxes for the budget, accounting for "abatements," which are taxes that the town doesn't expect to be able to collect. Every year, the Budget Committee accounts for abatements by figuring out the total tax levy, based on the spending allowed by the budget, and then adding the assumed abatements.  This way, the town is allowed to collect more tax than it needs so that it won't matter that some amount of it won't come in.  This year, the number was $30,000.  Mantell and Company, all of whom should have known how this works, instead added the $30,000 in total spending. That was incorrect and may create budgeting problems if Budget #2 wins, but it isn't the most embarrassing error or the biggest problem.  The following image shows the relevant column of Hilton's paper and language for Budget #2 as it will appear on the ballot.  The two…

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  • Photo of Important Differences in Board of Canvassers Authority

    Important Differences in Board of Canvassers Authority

  • Photo of TTA Town Council Members Are Keeping Promises and Under Attack

    TTA Town Council Members Are Keeping Promises and Under Attack

  • Photo of Tiverton Town Council Meeting 3/6/19

    Tiverton Town Council Meeting 3/6/19

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