Block Island Times

Voters reject purchase of OIP

The majority of items on the town’s warrant for the annual Financial Town Meeting passed with little to no discussion or opposition on Monday night, May 1. The exceptions were the budget for the building official and the referendum on a bond issue of $2.1 million for the purchase of the Old Island Pub on Ocean Avenue.The budget reflects an increase in the tax levy of four percent, the maximum allowed by state law, so any proposed changes would need to be offset in other areas.When introducing the operating budget, Town Finance Director Amy Land said, “Overall, the Town’s financial position remains strong.” She explained that revenues and expenses had been fairly stable over the past few years. “There are no items of particular interest.”Folks in the building industry may have disagreed, though. When the building official’s department budget of $235,400 came up, resident and builder Doug Michel asked for an “explanation” of the line item for Consultant/building official in the amount of $108,000.Land said that the amount represented contracted services with Four Leaf, a firm that can provide inspection services in multiple disciplines.

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