Municipal Resilience Task Force Seeks to Address COVID-19 Impacts
In August 2020, Governor Raimondo announced a Municipal Resilience Task Force to develop innovative recommendations that help build economic resiliency and acquire cost savings while improving services for Rhode Islanders. Through the task force, municipalities will bring forward their most pressing challenges, and together the group will aim to address the mounting issues caused by COVID-19. It is critical that state and federal partners work closely with local leaders to avoid property tax increases and service cuts. Rhode Island’s economy cannot rebound if cities and towns are struggling.
The task force, we will be looking at the following issues:
1)Quantifying the impact of COVID-19 on city and town finances;
2)Reviewing municipal revenues, cost drivers and state mandates to see how we can make meaningful and lasting changes
3)Exploring opportunities for intergovernmental partnerships and shared services;
4)Improving service delivery through innovation and technology; and
5)Building economic resiliency in municipal budgets so that we can be stronger in future financial challenges.