Residents in Central Coventry Fire District reject supplemental tax: unofficial results

  • Source: WJAR-TV NBC 10 Providence
  • Published: 05/11/2022 12:00 AM

Residents of the Central Coventry Fire District on Monday voted against a proposed 15.65% supplemental tax, which could have potentially saved the district from bankruptcy. According to unofficial results, 165 people voted to fund the Central Coventry Fire District, while 920 people voted against it. However, the election is not official until 70 provisional votes are voted on. Central Coventry Fire Chief Frank Brown said the fire district will run out of funds at the end of June. "Central Coventry averages 13 calls per day. Who's going to handle them 13 calls?" Brown said. "There's sentiment out there that somebody will come, but I don't know how true that is." He said the district serves about 18,000 residents. Board President Cynthia Fagan-Perry told NBC 10 News that the fire district lost 30% of its revenue during the pandemic because rescue calls were down, and it couldn't bill people's insurance companies.


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