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Welcome to the Providence City Council website.

Here you will find information about the activities and initiatives of the legislative branch of Providence’s government. From Council meetings to neighborhood meetings, the members of the City Council are committed to taking action to improve the quality of life for every Providence resident.

Providence has vast cultural, artistic, and historical assets, which the Council seeks to enhance as we move forward, conducting the business of the people with integrity, transparency, and efficiency.

We encourage you to get involved in your community, and to make your voices heard by your elected officials on the Council. We are here to serve.

Sincerely,
Providence City Council



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Proposed changes to the city charter must be approved by voters 

Charter changes proposed by Majority Leader Terrence M. Hassett (Ward 12) were approved by the City Council on Thursday, July 15, 2010. The questions will appear on the November ballot for consideration by Providence voters. According to Hassett, the proposals to amend the Providence Home Rule Charter would change the membership of the Board of Contract and Supply—the board that oversees contacts and purchases—and refine the mayor’s veto power in certain circumstances.  

Finance Chairman John J. Igliozzi (Ward 7) announced that the Committee on Finance last night approved a new tax rate for the city. The levy ordinance, which sets the City’s tax rate for real estate, tangible personal property, and motor vehicles, will be voted on by the full Council at a special meeting on July 26th. 

As part of the Neighborhoods First Program, a portion of Pleasant Valley Parkway will be shut down in order for the city to reconstruct the roadway from Oakland Avenue to Covent Street, according to the City Council Office.

On Thursday, June 17th, the Providence City Council voted in favor of an ordinance that provides greater oversight of the City’s Board of Contract and Supply (Providence’s purchasing board). Councilman John J. Igliozzi, the Finance Committee Chairman and sponsor of the legislation, explained that the ordinance establishes a requirement that City contracts to hire private contractors, vendors, and consultants, must be approved by the Council.