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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 districtâ€™s debt and the taxpayers have spoken loud and clear, after three votes, to liquidate the district.
Some CCFD taxpayers still donâ€™t fully understand the whole issue and how the district got into the mess itâ€™s in.
â€śIâ€™m not too concerned because weâ€™ll still have fire service and coverage,â€ť said one taxpayer who was paying her bill in the collectorâ€™s office. â€śThey have to do something, right? Why should I have to pay a higher tax bill if Iâ€™m not the one who made the error? Thatâ€™s not fair.â€ť
A Hillside resident, who admitted sheâ€™s only been partially following the situation, said itâ€™s scary to think the district could be without service.
â€śI certainly donâ€™t like the thought of here being no one there to help,â€ť she said.
Marc Tedeshi said itâ€™s been a very long road that the taxpayers have been on and he called it a shame that itâ€™s all come down to the present.
â€śFor both the guys and the residents,â€ť he said. â€śThereâ€™s just no easy fix and I believe some of the taxpayers who voted to liquidate, didnâ€™t see the long term picture.â€ť
Another resident who lives near Arnold Road, said he voted down the budget because he canâ€™t afford to pay a higher tax rate and now, when he hears heâ€™s going to be saddled with repayment for someone elseâ€™s error, it makes him crazy.
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