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CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera delivered her first budget address on Monday, outlining priorities in a $19.3 million spending plan for fiscal year 2022. This city of about 19,500 people has been hard hit by the pandemic, but Rivera said, “This is our season of overcoming.”

Here are six takeaways from her short speech, which was shared via Facebook Live:

  • No tax increases. “As I went door-to-door to visit residents and businesses, I heard our community loud and clear to hold the line on taxes,” Rivera said. “During this pandemic, I know even a small increase could mean the difference between a family being able to cover a necessity like rent.”
  • Funding for COVID-19 programs continues. “If you live in our city, please help us by encouraging your neighbors and loved ones to get vaccinated. We will continue to make this process easy and accessible,” Rivera said. “This budget continues our necessary work for COVID vaccines, testing, and steps to keep our public buildings sanitized and safe. This virus has taken too much from us already, and we must do all we can to rid it from our community once and for all.”
  • Affordable Housing Fund forming. “I am launching and investing $50,000 into a new Affordable Housing Fund,” Rivera said. “Our recent three-day housing summit identified more than a dozen housing projects that can directly create jobs and develop safe, affordable housing for our residents. This is just the beginning of this necessary work.”
  • Plans brewing for a community center. “Together with Congressman (David) Cicilline, we have outlined a vision for a new community and senior center – something our city has been without for a decade,” Rivera said. “The lack of this community center has been challenging on many fronts, including making our vaccine distribution efforts more difficult. I hope to share details with you on this exciting investment in the very near future.”
  • Speed cameras coming. “One of the most common complaints I hear from residents time and time again is regarding speeding,” Rivera said. “To stop this in our neighborhoods, we’ll be installing new speed cameras to directly address this concern, and lay out a clear plan for introducing these. All of our residents deserve safer streets to drive, park, and walk on.”
  • Input sought on federal funding. “As we begin receiving federal recovery dollars, I am putting together a community-based advisory committee to support the efficient use of the funds,” Rivera said. “I am looking forward to our community helping us identify important ways to spend this money like working with our parks and recreation department to identify a project for our community.”
  • Looking to transfer sewer system. “As an older city, our infrastructure is also older. Though we are part of the Narragansett Bay Commission, most of the sewer lines are the city’s responsibility, with costly repairs happening on an as-needed basis,” Rivera said. “Together with Representative Joshua Giraldo and Senator Jonathon Acosta, we have started to lay the foundation to transfer ownership of deteriorating sewer infrastructure to the Narragansett Bay Commission.”

Edward Fitzpatrick can be reached at edward.fitzpatrick@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @FitzProv.