Here are the 10 charter modifications on the tally for Providence citizens this fall


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI)– The Providence City Board on Thursday authorized 10 proposed modifications to the city charter, all of which will now be put on the tally for citizens to authorize or decline in November.

The charter modifications consist of a partially chosen School Board and a modification to the treatment for eliminating a selected authorities, which was triggered by in 2015’s city clerk scandal.

The council chose to change a few of the proposed charter modifications that came out of the Charter Evaluation Commission previously this month, and included 2 products to the bottom of the list prior to passage.

Among the changes included altering the dollar quantity above which a city agreement need to be openly vetted and authorized by the Board of Agreement and Supply. The existing limit is $5,000, however the charter commission suggested altering it to $15,000 for routine agreements and $35,000 for building and construction agreements.

The proposed map for a chosen school board in Providence.

The council brought that to $10,000 and $20,000, respectively, prior to passing the tally concern.

The school governance proposition, if authorized by citizens, would produce a brand-new Providence School Board with 10 members, half of them chosen by the citizens in 5 recently produced districts, and half selected by the mayor. (Today, there are 9 members who are all selected by the mayor.)

The council changed the proposition prior to passage, including that the mayor’s 5 selected members likewise need to originate from each of the 5 brand-new districts.

Simply 9 of the 15 council members existed at the unique conference to authorize the charter modifications. The due date to get tally concerns to the Secretary of State’s workplace is August 10.

Here is the language of the 10 tally concerns authorized by the City board for Providence citizens to think about on Nov. 8:

  • 1. Shall Department Directors be needed to appear prior to the City board for reappointment every 4 years. [Amends Section 302 (b)]
  • 2. Shall the City board be enabled to work with specialists by vote of a basic bulk [Amends Section 401 (d)]
  • 3. Shall the elimination treatment for selected officers be specified by regulation and permit the City board to eliminate council appointees by a vote of a basic bulk. [Amends Section 403]
  • 4. Shall the buying limit be increased from 5 thousand ($ 5,000.00) dollars to 10 thousand ($ 10,000.00) dollars for routine acquiring and twenty thousand ($ 20,000.00) dollars for building and construction contracting. [Amends Section 1007 (c)(1)]
  • 5. Shall the brand-new position of General Supervisor of the Supply Of Water Board be developed with oversight authority over all workers matters of the Water system Board different and apart from the position of Chief Engineer. [Amends Section 1101(a)(3)(4)(5)and(b)]
  • 6. Shall the Charter clarify that all department heads and selected officers go through all relevant workers policies of the City. [Amends Section 1201]
  • 7. Shall the number and structure of school board members be increased from 9 (9) to 10 (10 ), to consist of 5 (5) members chosen at the November 2024 basic election, one from each of 5 (5) equivalent electoral areas representing the North, South, East, West, and Central locations of the City; and 5 (5) members selected by the mayor with the approval of the city board, with one visit from each of the 5 equivalent electoral areas. [Amends Section 701]
  • 8. Shall the terms “chairman” and “vice-chairman” be changed with the terms “chair” and “vice-chair” anywhere they appears in the charter.
  • 9. Shall the City Treasurer be supplied direct access to records of all invoices, appropriations, and allocations of the City, and be needed to guarantee compliance with the City Charter and Code of Ordinances prior to releasing any payments. [Amends Section 602]
  • 10. Shall the Structure of the City Strategy Commission be changed to include an extra agent from the basic citizenry of the City of Providence. [Amends Section 1013]

Steph Machado ( smachado@wpri.com) is a Target 12 investigative press reporter covering Providence, politics and more for 12 News. Get in touch with her on Twitter and on Facebook