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July 2, 2016

2016 marked the third year in a row that a budget for the Town of Tiverton, Rhode Island, submitted by Justin won a majority of the vote at the financial town referendum (FTR), despite the presence of a third budget — 1,224 versus 885 and 101.  The 0.9% Budget #2 elector petition set expenditures for the town and schools at $48,688,418, resulting in an estimated tax levy increase of 0.9%.

Click here for the 0.9% budget petition.

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Known mainly for espousing conservative views in a state where they are not encouraged, Justin Katz is a Roman Catholic Christian husband and father of four who currently works as Research Director for the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity and Managing Editor of Anchor Rising & the Ocean State Current, where he writes daily.  Believing that thought and action are inextricably linked, the former carpenter also indulges in creative arts as a writer, musician, and designer and is active in local politics with the Tiverton Taxpayers Association, for which he maintains Tiverton Fact Check and acts as treasurer for the associated charity, Tiverton Cares.  As he’s able, Justin also strives to capture the daily pleasures of life through photographs on RI Is My Home.

June 25, 2015

After the 0.9% budget petition that Justin submitted for Tiverton’s 2016 fiscal year won with a substantial majority, the School Committee canceled plans to introduce all-day kindergarten to the school district for the first time because the budget reduced its requested increase.  Justin worked with one local affected father to persuade the School Committee to change its vote, which it did after two months of public debate.  The effort involved research showing the feasibility of the program and suggesting places in the budget in which the money could be found, as well as messaging to the public and grassroots organizing.

Click here for a final summary of the results.

May 16, 2015

For the second year in a row, a budget for the Town of Tiverton, Rhode Island, submitted by Justin won the vote at the financial town referendum (FTR) — 1,535 versus 1,066.  The elector petition set expenditures for the town and schools at $48,476,958, resulting in an estimated tax levy increase of 0.9%.

Click here for the 0.9% budget petition.

February 1, 2015

In early 2015, the Tiverton Taxpayer Association released and disseminated its first newsletter, with significant content and graphics design from Justin, including a crossword puzzle with clues from local politics.

Click to read the newsletter.