An executive order signed Friday by Governor Gina Raimondo is meant to help cities and towns save money. But the details of how communities might achieve savings has not yet been determined.
As part of the executive order, Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee will lead an effort to talk with city and town leaders to get their ideas and best practices. Governor Raimondo says the intention is to answer this question: "How can we work together to streamline, how can we work together to consolidate, how can we work together to regionalize, so we can keep costs down, keep property taxes down, but deliver high-quality services to the people of Rhode Island."
A group of mayors and town administrators applauded the governor’s executive order. Raimondo declined to say ahead of the release of her budget next month whether she’ll raise, cut or level-fund aid to cities and towns.
McKee, a former mayor of Cumberland, says the outlook for targeting potential savings in municipal budgets is better than when former governor Lincoln Chafee tried to aid cities and towns in 2012.
“You’re going to get some thing done," McKee said. That’s the main thing, and what are those things? We really have not identified those things in a way that you could actually put a list out. But that’s what the process is for.”