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Central Coventry Fire District bill passed; Heading to Governor Chafee

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One week after its approval in the house, the 2013-H 5176A bill was passed today by the Senate, effectively keeping the Central Coventry Fire District up and running, at least until Sept. 1.

The Central Coventry Fire Dept. is currently in receivership and operating under a $300,000 loan, approved by the township of Coventry. The legislation will allow the dept. to keep operating under the tax levy last authorized by the voters. However, that authorization expires on Sept. 1 if voters fail to approve a new budget; At which point the dept. faces possible liquidation.

Representative Scott J. Guthrie of Coventry remarked "This bill will give the Central Coventry Fire District a little more time to work out its financial difficulties and, most importantly, will ensure that residents of the district can continue to receive the kind of fire and rescue protection they have come to depend on."

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