Council Wednesday: OPEB, again, neighborhood changes

Warwick Town Hall
Warwick Town Hall.

WARWICK, RI — Warwick City Council is meeting tomorrow night to review the town’s finances, hear the school board’s new plan to replace the two grammar schools, discuss an OPEB plan and council ward changes.

The 7pm event will be viewable remotely (see below for more information on accessing the streaming stream) as well as in person, although this requires risking exposure to the highly transmissible variant. from Omicron, as the state’s percentage positive rate is the highest since the pandemic began.

City Council Agenda Highlights

Finances, Schools The evening begins with a presentation by Peder Schaefer, the city’s finance director, who will present the mid-year financial report on the city’s finances.

The Warwick School Board will also present its new plan for replacing the two secondary schools in Warwick. During its last meeting, the committee moved from the rehabilitation of the buildings to their complete replacement. The change was partly due to the refusal of the RI Department of Education to support a plan to modernize the current buildings.

OBEB Trust Long discussed, recommended but never committed, an Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust would provide a way to move from the city’s current pay-as-you-go method of funding OPEB debt, $352 million in 2019, to to payment down.

With such a trust established, regardless of funding, the city would be entitled to a reduced rate to use in calculating its liability, Hoyle said in 2019.

“The liability would be less due to the discount rate,” he said.

The city could also eventually start using the trust, which would grow through investments, to help pay for OPEB costs.

Further reading on OPEB and past attempts to establish a trust is available for your reading pleasure:

Warwick OPEB costs: fluids with an investment chance, contract fixes
City councilors protest timing of budget vote, OPEB Fund

Census and council wards If you didn’t respond to the US Census in 2020, you missed a chance to be counted among those living in your city council ward. With these numbers now counted, services will change.

Warwick City Council will discuss allowing Warwick City Council Speaker Steve McAllister to appoint three members of City Council to serve on a committee to redistribute wards based on the most recent US Census figures.

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