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WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council approved a proposed $129 million city budget plan early Tuesday morning but not before engaging in a pitched debate over a projected $6,375 savings for keeping the River Island Park ice rink closed next winter.
The ice rink's operation was ultimately retained in the 2012-13 spending plan but will now have to survive the state-appointed Budget Commission's final action on the city's budget in the coming days.
Before casting a final vote of approval on the overall budget at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, the council acknowledged that its earlier action to include a $7 million increase in school spending will require some form of budget cuts and savings to be enacted to balance the spending plan.
Read more in Wednesday's print edition.