- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed an executive order to help municipalities streamline and consolidate services.

The order puts Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee in charge of the effort. He’s a former Cumberland mayor.

Raimondo says the goal is to make municipalities stronger, reduce property taxes and help mayors do their jobs better. Many mayors attended a signing ceremony Friday at the State House.

Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena says municipalities could share public safety dispatch services and buy equipment, such as trucks, in bulk to get a better price. He says mayors finally “have a seat at the table.” He says they were in the parking lot before, looking in.

McKee says he will be meeting with the mayors to listen to their ideas, so his office can be their resource.

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