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Judge orders Central Coventry Fire District dissolved

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

Reporting By: Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

Judge Stern ordered the Central Coventry Fire District dissolved on Friday afternoon after taxpayers rejected a 36% tax hike to keep the department open.

The hJudge said it is out of his jurisdiction to figure out how to provide fire services to people in the district and said the Governor, the General Assembly and Town Council will have to come up with a solution.

Earlier on Friday,three fire stations in Central Coventry were ordered closed immediately by the Fire Chief Andrew Baines and the Special Master Rick Land.

The three stations include the Hill Farm Road Station, the Main Street Station, and the Station Street Station. The remaining two stations on Arnold Road and Flat River Road will remain open.

Despite morning reports coming from the Central Coventry that water to the hydrants in the area of the three stations will be cut off, the Kent County Water Authority say they will not cut off the water.

On Tuesday over 1,800 voters turned out to reject a budget that would increase taxes by 36% in order to help the finically struggling fire district grapple with budget woes. Officials said with out the tax increase the district can't keep it's door open.

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