R.I. looks at pooling town resources

Two Rhode Island commissions are looking for ways the state’s municipalities could save money by pooling resources, Boston.com reported. More

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R.I. looks at pooling town resources

COURTESY CRANSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
EMERGENCY DISPATCH SERVICES are one budget item Rhode Island towns could share to save money.
Posted 8/9/13

PROVIDENCE – Two Rhode Island commissions are looking for ways the state’s municipalities could save money by pooling resources, Boston.com reported.

One panel is looking at whether cities and towns could merge emergency dispatch services while the other considers combining municipal tax collection operations. The goal of both moves would be saving money in municipal budgets.

The groups, made up of residents, local officials and business owners, first met last week. They are expected to report back to state lawmakers with their findings.

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markefried

Oh well there's a novel idea. You mean 41 towns and municipalities is too many for the smallest state in the country? That's 41 Fire Chiefs, 41 Police Chiefs, 41 School Superintendents, 41 Mayors, etc etc. This should have been done long ago...

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richard@langseth.com

all 911 calls are already consolidated at state level. Unions insist on redispatch to cities and towns for final handling. All calls are handled twice adding to the potential for drops and delays. There is overlap in dispatch radio and confusion for mutual aid calls. State 911 has a GIS system that is better than many towns have and it is much more secure.

All fire services should be consolidated at the state level with accommodations for volunteer service in the rural areas. Unions and municipal fire service "brass" don't like that idea but it is this kind of thinking that can start dragging RI out of the ditch.

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