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Coventry residents to determine future of CCFD

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The highly-contested future of the Central Coventry Fire District will be decided by its residents Tuesday.

Coventry taxpayers will vote on a new $6.6 million budget, which could raise fire district taxes by as much as 36 percent.

Central Coventry firefighters urged voters to vote "yes" on the new budget.

"We are asking voters to support the proposed budget - to preserve the vital emergency rescue and fire services the district provides and to keep the district in operation," Dave Gorman, president of Coventry Professional Fire Fighters Local 3372, said in a news release. 

The CCFD is facing a $1 million deficit. A judge has ordered the department to be liquidated if the budget doesn't pass.

Three other district chiefs have devised a contingency plan to provide service if the CCFD is liquidated.

On Monday, on the eve of the budget vote, a judge denied a request for voters to receive information about the plan. The request was made by lawyers for state Rep. Patricia Morgan and state Sen. Nicolas Kettle.

Voting will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Coventry High School.

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