It was a squeaker of a victory for proponents of a ballot question seeking approval for a $190 million bond issue with 50.6% voting in favor and 49.4% voting no. (Janine L. Weisman/Rhode Island Current)
Here’s how voters responded to ballot questions in these nine communities, according to unofficial results as of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday:
Barrington — YES
With two of three polling sites reporting, 63.1% of voters approved a $250 million bond to fund improvements at the town’s high school and elementary schools.
Bristol and Warren — YES
66.6% of Bristol voters and 65.5% of Warren voters approved the borrowing of up to $200 million so the regionalized school district can replace Mount Hope High School in Bristol and renovate other school buildings. The measure needed to win support from a majority of voters between the two towns.
Central Falls — YES
All three proposed changes to the city charter were approved by a wide margin. 86.0% voted yes to allow the Department of Public Safety to give preference in hiring to residents, veterans and multilingual candidates. 83.9% voted yes to add a nondiscrimination and equity provision; and 87.5% voted yes to repeal the city’s outdated election laws.
Cumberland — YES
68.4% of voters approved a $52 million bond on the ballot to rebuild B.F. Norton Elementary School.
Lincoln — YES
Voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot questions. 76.8% vote yes for a $25 million bond that would be used to make upgrades at all four of the town’s elementary schools. 71.3% voted yes on a $14 million bond for a centralized rescue station.
Middletown — YES
Voters narrowly approved borrowing up to $190 million to build a combination middle and high school and make repairs and improvements to other schools in town with 51.5% voting yes for the bond and 48.5% voting no.
North Kingstown — NO
It was a loss for proponents of two ballot questions seeking to borrow up to $222.46 million — of which $167.4 million would have been for school purposes, including construction of a new middle school, and $55 million was for a public safety complex. 61.8% voted no and 38.2% voted in favor.
Voters also rejected another $25 million proposed for a recreation center with 64.5% opposed and 35.5% in favor.
North Smithfield — NO
61.6% of voters rejected a ballot question seeking to borrow $18 million for a new or renovated police station. 38.4% were approved.
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