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Money Watchers: Court hearing on CCFD

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COVENTRY, R.I. -

A Kent County District Court judge on Monday denied a request for voters to receive information on a contingency plan a day before they vote on a new budget that will determine whether the Central Coventry Fire District should be liquidated.

The request was made by lawyers for state Rep. Patricia Morgan and state Sen. Nicolas Kettle.

"In the course of three days, the union has said there is no plan. Then they said they were willing to have it, they wanted it open. Now they've changed and say they want it closed," Morgan said.

Nick Gorham, a lawyer for the legislators, said he believes a postcard sent out by the fire union was "a scare tactic" to rattle people while voting on the new budget on Tuesday.

"The union has taken so many positions on this plan that there is no plan, that they want it released, and now they're against it. We thought, 'Look let's just let the plan come out and let the people decide,'" he said.

The union claims a closed fire station would inevitably mean reduced staffing and services to the district.

"It was just a plan that three fire chiefs worked on. It wasn't necessarily the court-ordered safety committee's plan so that's why we kind of turned on it and said this is not a reliable plan," said David Gorman, head of the firefighters union.

Special Master Richard Land discussed the contingency plan and the judge's decision with NBC 10.

"There is so much uncertainty with those plans that and (the judge) noted quite a few of them in his decision that it wouldn't necessarily be appropriate. But more significantly, those plans were provided to (the judge) for his decision making should the district vote down the budget," he said.

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