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Residents asking too: what's next?

February 25, 2014

COVENTRY — 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 district’s debt and the taxpayers have spoken loud and clear, after three votes, to liquidate the district.

Some CCFD taxpayers still don’t fully understand the whole issue and how the district got into the mess it’s in.

“I’m not too concerned because we’ll still have fire service and coverage,” said one taxpayer who was paying her bill in the collector’s office. “They have to do something, right? Why should I have to pay a higher tax bill if I’m not the one who made the error? That’s not fair.”

A Hillside resident, who admitted she’s only been partially following the situation, said it’s scary to think the district could be without service.

“I certainly don’t like the thought of here being no one there to help,” she said.

Marc Tedeshi said it’s been a very long road that the taxpayers have been on and he called it a shame that it’s all come down to the present.

“For both the guys and the residents,” he said. “There’s just no easy fix and I believe some of the taxpayers who voted to liquidate, didn’t see the long term picture.”

Another resident who lives near Arnold Road, said he voted down the budget because he can’t afford to pay a higher tax rate and now, when he hears he’s going to be saddled with repayment for someone else’s error, it makes him crazy.

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