As a member of the City Council's Committee on Finance, I am
uniquely aware of the complexities and the precarious state of Providence's
finances. I am disappointed that the administration has contracted with a firm
that is not local or not using current staff to do the audit.
our public safety division, and not just our police department. Further, I have
several questions regarding the public safety division’s budget.
entire term of this Mayor. That position is listed in the City's budget at
$175,000 per year, yet, that money is never leftover - year over year. So,
where is that money going? Second, when so many individuals are out of work and
the City has put our staff on a furlough program, why is there a request for a
$40,000 increase in the Commissioner's salary? Finally, the Commissioner is the
City's acting Fire Chief and has no experience as a firefighter. The
administration is in violation of the Home Rule Charter of the City of
Providence as we are improperly paying individuals without the requisite expertise
and paying out of classification for more than 90 days!
Commissioner. The police and fire chief reported directly to the Mayor. By
reverting to this model, we would save significant dollars that could be
reinvested in the social service programs that the City is already contracted
with, and have stated repeatedly that they could do more if funding allowed.
very important social service collaborators. The Committee on Finance has met
and learned about the great work these organizations are doing in our City and
in conjunction with public safety every day.
James E. Taylor
Providence City Council
Councilman – Ward 8
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