2009 Rhode Island Code
Title 30 - Military Affairs and Defense
CHAPTER 30-15.5 - Community Disaster Loans in Major Disasters
§ 30-15.5-1 - Authority of governor.

SECTION 30-15.5-1

   § 30-15.5-1  Authority of governor. – Whenever the governor has declared a disaster emergency to exist under the laws of this state, or the president of the United States, at the request of the governor, has declared a major disaster or emergency to exist in this state, the governor is authorized:

   (1) Upon the determination by the governor that a local government of the state will suffer a substantial loss of tax and other revenues from a major disaster and has demonstrated a need for financial assistance to perform its governmental functions, to apply to the federal government, on behalf of the local government, for a loan; and to receive and disburse the proceeds of any approved loan to any applicant local government;

   (2) To determine the amount needed by any applicant local government to restore or resume its governmental functions, and to certify that amount to the federal government; provided, however, that no application amount shall exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the annual operating budget of the applicant for the fiscal year in which the major disaster occurs; and

   (3) To recommend to the federal government, based upon the governor's review, the cancellation of all or any part of repayment when, in the first three (3) full fiscal year period following the major disaster, the revenues of the local government are insufficient to meet its operating expenses, including additional disaster related expenses of a municipal operation character.

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