The Aftermath of The Joint Session

The nine-member Fall River City Council and the seven member Fall River School Committee met Thursday in Council Chambers in Government Center for three hours, learning that the municipal side is prepared if needed to add a debt exclusion for a new BMC Durfee High School to pay for student transportation costs, while school department administrators pledge they are working to reduce the current 11.9 million dollar placeholder number. 


Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II argued that the $2.1 million that could be added to tax bills is a place holder, as negotiations continue over bus contracts and what the district and the city can actually afford. 

School Committee Member Paul Coogan argued that he and others helped pass a debt exclusion that was not to be part of the city's tax bills till FY 2023.