North Kingstown and North Smithfield voters reject bond issues

A narrow victory in Middletown OKs a new combined high school-middle school

By: - November 7, 2023 9:19 pm

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candidates. 83.9% voted yes to add a nondiscrimination and equity provision; and 87.5% voted yes to repeal the city’s outdated election laws.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 residents campaign for a pair of bond issues to finance a middle school and public safety complex and a recreation center Tuesday afternoon outside Davisville Middle School. Left to right are Christopher Teague, Melissa Devine, Town Council member Matthew McCoy and Rich Lipsitz. (Photo courtesy of Anne Lipsitz)

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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Janine L. Weisman
Janine L. Weisman

Rhode Island Current Editor-in-Chief Janine L. Weisman served as a reporter and editor during her 25-year career in the newsroom of The Newport Daily News. She is an adjunct journalism faculty member at Roger Williams University.