TITLE 16
Education

CHAPTER 16-7
Foundation Level School Support [See Title 16 Chapter 97 – The Rhode Island Board Of Education Act]

SECTION 16-7-19


§ 16-7-19 Computation of standard local tax rate.

(a) The standard local tax rate required to support the basic program shall be forty percent (40%).

(b) The statewide local tax rate to be used in calculating each community's share under § 16-7-20 shall be fifty percent (50%).

(c) Fifty percent (50%) of the difference resulting from the difference between the rate presented in subsection (a) and the rate presented in subsection (b) shall be used in accordance with § 16-5-31 and fifty percent (50%) of the difference shall be allocated annually by the general assembly, upon recommendation of the commissioner and the board of regents for elementary and secondary education, for one or more of the programs listed in § 16-69-2.

(d) The state controller is authorized and directed to draw his or her order upon the general treasurer for the payment of those sums or any portions of those sums as may be required from time to time upon receipt by the controller of properly authenticated vouchers.

(e) If the sums appropriated are not sufficient to implement subsections (a), (b), and (c) of this section, then the amount appropriated shall first be utilized to implement subsection (b) of this section. If the sums are not sufficient, then the amount shall be ratably reduced. Amounts remaining after full funding of subsection (b) of this section shall be apportioned among school districts for the purpose of subsection (c) of this section.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1960, ch. 27, § 5; P.L. 1964, ch. 242, art. 7, § 1; P.L. 1967, ch. 160, § 3; P.L. 1980, ch. 152, § 5; P.L. 1984, ch. 245, art. XII, § 1; P.L. 1985, ch. 182, §§ 5, 6; P.L. 1988, ch. 84, § 84; P.L. 1988, ch. 336, § 10; P.L. 1989, ch. 126, art. 35, § 1; P.L. 1990, ch. 65, art. 31, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 6, art. 21, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 44, art. 39, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 133, art. 43, § 1; P.L. 1994, ch. 70, art. 15, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 86, § 31.)