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Bill extends ailing fire district's tax power

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

A bill that allows the Central Coventry Fire District to collect taxes up until September 1 passed the RI House Finance Committee yesterday.

The fire district will be allowed to collect an approximately $1.3 million in unbilled fire taxes for the fourth quarter.

Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-Coventry) said that the bill will give the community time to "identify a long-term solution," to the financially strapped fire district.

At 2 p.m. on Wednesday the Senate finance Committee will meet to hear the Senate companion bill of the legislation has well as other legislation to address the fire district's struggles.

If no resolution is met the district will be dissolve per a judge's orders. Currently the town of Coventry loaned the District $300,000 to allow it to keeps its doors open until mid May. The district is struggling with a $1.5 million deficit and tax payers rejected a tax increase to help the department keep its doors open.

On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. the Central Coventry Citizen's Taskforce will meet at Club Jogues to discuss findings and possible solutions to the issue.

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