sound financial footing
We have come a long way from the brink of bankruptcy when I first took office. Working collaboratively with the Council, we were able to do another no tax increase budget again this year.
In just ten short years, the City’s finances have dramatically improved from deficits and junk bond status to a clear financial forecast and rebuilt rainy day fund..
Investing in our Future – our students
Our future lies with our students and they deserve the very best. Over the past few years alongside the School Committee, we have opened the doors to fully renovated Nathanael Greene and Potter Burns Elementary Schools. Over the next two years, we hope to continue with a complete ground-up rebuild of Henry Winters Elementary. Over the next two years, I hope to continue the focus on generational school improvements for our school district to provide our children with a safe and conducive environment to learn.
Quality of life for our residents is of utmost importance, which is why the repaving plan continues to be so aggressive. I thank the City Council for their partnership, the hard working men and women of the Department of Public works, and, most importantly, our residents who passed the bond referendum with overwhelming support.
Road repaving for Fiscal Year 2020 is anticipated to be complete by July 30th, a date delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The over 6.5 miles of repaving will add to the more than 100 miles of street that have been repaved by the City since 2011. In 2018, voters approved a $5-million-dollar road bond that is estimated to repave another 15 miles of road.
Building our Economy
The Administration announced and are advancing the largest economic development project in our city’s history – a beautiful, mixed-use riverfront development that will change the landscape of our downtown and restore Pawtucket to the active center of northern Rhode Island we once were. Furthermore, with the Commuter Rail Station set to open in 2022 and other significant investment projects, we are poised to continue moving Pawtucket forward.