Call to Temporarily Suspend Tax Foreclosures

On behalf of the Rhode Island Republican Party, I would like to thank our state and local officials for their efforts to keep Rhode Island residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the dynamic nature of this situation, there are many priorities being juggled and new responsibilities being taken by many. This leads to the strong possibility of oversight and error. With this in mind, I’m asking the League of Cities and Towns as well as Governor Raimondo to urge all forms of Rhode Island government to temporarily suspend any and all tax foreclosures.

In this time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, we certainly do not want the working families of Rhode Island displaced from their places of residence. Furthermore, our small business owners are already facing monumental challenges due to this pandemic. To seize their property for non-payment of taxes during this time would be catastrophic to our local economy.

Optimistically, the hope would be that municipal officials would use common sense and some humanity in these circumstances, but we feel that it is important to make sure no one in Rhode Island falls through the cracks of bureaucracy.

We look forward to the time when we can return to conducting the business of the state and more importantly to the time when it is safe for Rhode Islanders to congregate and do business again.


Sue Cienki
RI GOP Chairwoman

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