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Politicians submit bill for new FD in Coventry

March 5, 2014

COVENTRY — Local legislators are ready to submit a new proposal to the general assembly to form a new fire district for Central Coventry, according to a press release from Central Coventry Fire District Board of Directors Vice Chairperson Marie Baker.

The Central Coventry Citizens Taskforce for Fire Protection along with other Coventry resident, have developed a proposal and a new fire and rescue charter for Central Coventry.

Representative Patricia Morgan and Senator Nick Kettle are presenting the bill Tuesday to the General Assembly.

“The taskforce did write a new charter last year,” Morgan. “There was a lot of robust discussion last year among the taskforce members and for this bill, I am asking for the Coventry delegates to co-sponsor it with me.”

She fully expects the bill to provide the taxpayer protection moving forward.

Morgan explained that through the new charter, some of the changes will include a four percent cap on any tax levy increase, there will be no supplemental tax for anything, instead of a 30-person quorum at an annual meeting, 100 voters will be required, all new posting will be required to let residents know about all meetings, there will be an annual financial audit done and at no time can the district be more than 10 percent in debt.

The resolution, which relates to the creation of a new fire district know as the Main Fire District, was adopted by the taskforce on February 26th.

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