The Central Coventry Fire District's board of directors has rejected an agreement with the Coventry firefighters union and recommended the district be liquidated in the absence of a balanced budget.
The Providence Journal reports that board president Fred Gralinski said union concessions were insufficient. He was not specific. Union members ratified the agreement Thursday.
A voter referendum on a budget is scheduled for Monday.
The district, which provides fire and emergency services for 18,000 residents, has been in receivership, a form of bankruptcy, since October 2012. Taxpayers have twice rejected proposed budgets.
The board had proposed a $5.6-million budget contingent on an agreement with the firefighters.
Superior Court Judge Brian P. Stern asked board members if they recommend closing the district in the absence of a balanced budget.
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