Missteps, late tax payments create budget deficit for Aquinnah

Aquinnah will hold a special town meeting January 7 to help plug a hole in the town budget.

A series of financial missteps, underestimates of revenue from fees, licenses, and fines, and late property tax payments combined to create a $101,564 budget deficit for Aquinnah in the current fiscal year, a shortfall town officials hope to resolve at a special town meeting on Wednesday, January 7. The deficit amounts to 2.6 percent of the town’s $3.8 million budget for

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Aquinnah to Address Big Budget Shortfall

Each Aquinnah town department was asked in December to identify expenses that could wait until the next fiscal year. Timothy Johnson

How to make up for a major budget shortfall discovered last month will be the topic of a special town meeting next week in Aquinnah. As the result of a $101,564 projected deficit reported to town officials at a tax hearing Dec. 9, the state has instructed the town not to issue its third-quarter tax bills until the

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One building, one adult, one kid, and one book – Block Island Times

Aquinnah Library

The greatest gift a young child can ever receive, is to be read to, and then have the desire to read on his own. People young and old, love to be read to. Regardless of our age, having a story told to us is a powerful experience. It’s an organic exchange of energy; the book becomes the nexus between the giver and the receiver of the content. Most importantly, the giving of time is required for this

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Martha's Vineyard casino issue becomes a question of character - AP

Aquinnah, Massachusetts – On the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and head up to this town’s scenic overlook.

But the leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoags, the federally recognized American Indian tribe whose ancestors first inhabited the island, envision a new destination.

They’ve proposed transforming an unfinished tribal community center a few miles inland into a high-stakes bingo and poker hall filled

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Aquinnah, community group seek to join state suit against tribe casino

Erected by Air Force reservists in 2004, the unfinished community center will be converted into a class II gaming facility, if the tribe's current plan is executed.

The case, now in federal court, could determine if the Wampanoag Tribe may build a casino in Aquinnah.

The town of Aquinnah and the Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association Inc. (AGHCA) filed court documents last Thursday, July 10, in U.S. Federal District Court in Boston in which they asked to intervene in a lawsuit Governor Deval Patrick filed to block the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) from building what the tribe has described as boutique casino on tribal lands.

Governor

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Vineyarders want to relocate historic lighthouse – Boston Globe

Endangered Gay Head Light

Endangered Gay Head Light

For more than 150 years, Gay Head Light has stood high atop the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, its guiding light sweeping out to sea. But time has steadily chipped away the clay bluffs, threatening to send the iconic landmark to a watery demise.

Now, residents are racing against the clock to save the historic lighthouse, seeking to move the 400-ton structure to safer ground.

On Tuesday, selectmen in

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