FRESH START AGENDA
Stop the Bleeding from Taxpayers’ Pockets
Reform our municipal taxation and fee structures to make East Providence more attractive for businesses to develop and grow here to ensure more sustainable jobs for residents of East Providence and more revenue into our local economy. Seek relief for homeowners by reducing property taxes and egregious water and sewer fees without tangible results to improve our city’s roads, schools, parks and underground pipes. This starts with synchronizing our fiscal year to the state’s fiscal year, ending annual borrowing in order for the city to pay its bills, and shifting away from the city’s practice to collect the majority of its revenue in the third quarter of the fiscal year. In addition, it begins with making steps now toward our commitment to our current and retired city employees to fully invest in the pension fund before it becomes too late to make reforms to sustain the fund and still maintain our commitment.
Rebuild our Infrastructure
Develop and execute a meaningful long-term plan that repairs our roads in our neighborhoods and fixes or replaces schools and municipal buildings neglected by current and previous elected officials and city managers. Our children should not attend school in a building that is not a conducive learning environment, nor should we expect our teachers and staff to work under such conditions either. The problem is more widespread than just our High School. Through the city’s annual budget, appropriations will be made to ensure annual tangible improvements throughout the city and ensure accountability for timely action on all city projects.
Generate Sustainable Jobs for the 21st Century Economy
Attract companies to choose East Providence and retain current East Providence employers by creating public-private partnerships that provide jobs here in East Providence for students upon graduation from the East Providence Career and Technical Center (“the voc” / vocational school) with the skills needed to compete in the modern economy. Through these partnerships, students can be trained in basic skills to comply with all appropriate education standards early into their participation at “the voc”, matched with a local employer much earlier than job placements under the current curriculum, with the skills necessary to meet their employer’s specific needs and licensure requirements upon graduation.