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COVENTRY â Superior Court Judge Bryan Stern ruled on February 12 that the Central Coventry Fire District will close its doors at 11:59 p.m.
May 16 after Stern told those who attended that hearing, that the previous board did not do its due diligence in working out the districtâs debt and the taxpayers have spoken loud and clear, after three votes, to liquidate the district.
Some CCFD taxpayers still donât fully understand the whole issue and how the district got into the mess itâs in.
âIâm not too concerned because weâll still have fire service and coverage,â said one taxpayer who was paying her bill in the collectorâs office. âThey have to do something, right? Why should I have to pay a higher tax bill if Iâm not the one who made the error? Thatâs not fair.â
A Hillside resident, who admitted sheâs only been partially following the situation, said itâs scary to think the district could be without service.
âI certainly donât like the thought of here being no one there to help,â she said.
Marc Tedeshi said itâs been a very long road that the taxpayers have been on and he called it a shame that itâs all come down to the present.
âFor both the guys and the residents,â he said. âThereâs just no easy fix and I believe some of the taxpayers who voted to liquidate, didnât see the long term picture.â
Another resident who lives near Arnold Road, said he voted down the budget because he canât afford to pay a higher tax rate and now, when he hears heâs going to be saddled with repayment for someone elseâs error, it makes him crazy.
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