PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Central Falls, R.I., which filed for Chapter 9 protection a year ago, could exit next week after a mere 13 months. Its quick march to the brink of an exit does not surprise the city’s bankruptcy attorney, Ted Orson.

“One of the reasons why we were successful was that we had very clearly set out goals. We took a city with one of the worst possible financial profiles and in 13 months, will hopefully emerge with five years of balanced budgets and sustainable pension and OPEB [other post-employment benefits] systems by court order,” Orson said in a joint interview with Rhode Island revenue director Rosemary Booth Gallogly.

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