Central Coventry Taxpayers Reject Proposed Budget 228-204

Special Master Richard Land will now meet with Judge Brian Stern to discuss shutting the district down if there are no other options.


Residents of the Central Coventry Fire District gathered at Coventry High School Monday night to review and vote on the fiscal 2012-2013 budget and tax levy proposed by Special Master Richard Land.

Following months of investigation and review of the district's finances, which included the discovery of a $217,285,200 assessment error in 2009 regarding a Commerce Park property, Land presented the $6,581,742 budget and resulting tax levy of $3.15 per $1,000 of value for all assessed property within the district.

This rate shows a $1.33 per $1,000 increase for residential and tangible property and a 47 cent decrease per $1,000 for commercial property when compared to the old and incorrect rates used for fiscal years 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and as the basis for the Special Master’s court-authorized invoices. The old rates used the Dec. 31, 2009 property assessments and applied a tiered rate system while also being calculated based upon the 2009 assessment error.

432 registered taxpayers of the district cast their votes for or against the proposed budget and tax rate. After a final tally, the proposal was rejected by 24 votes - 204 in favor and 228 against.

"The budget did not pass, therefore the next step is to go to court and seek to shut the district down," said Land after announcing the vote tallies. 

Land will meet with Superior Court Judge Brian P. Stern on Tuesday morning to discuss what options, if any, the district has going forward.

"I have to look at the whole situation, talk to the judge and see what he wants to do," said Land. "We have to look at the numbers, see what kind of money we have and how long we can run the district for. Maybe we'll be back. We'll see."

Check back with Coventry Patch on Tuesday for additional detailed coverage of Monday night's budget meeting.

rogerdavidj February 13, 2013 at 06:37 PM
That was to throw you off the scent set....Jay is Jervis
eye in the sky February 13, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Dave Jervis is nothing more than a lap dog for Assalone!! By the way who collects THREE PENSIONS!!! One is from the town where he collects a full pension for doing a part time job!!
timetobereal February 13, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Wow, eye in the sky, your anger is just out of control. I think you need to go see someone to work through it. You write about things that impact nobody else. Who collects what pension does nothing to put food on my table and it doesn't change the fact that CCFD did this to themselves. Blame everyone else all you want, but the truth is the truth. Overspending and thinking the taxpayers would continue to foot the bill is how we got not by anyone else. Smarten up!!
Realistic voter February 14, 2013 at 12:29 AM
timetobereal Boy Dave that really hit a nerve huh!
Spudz March 01, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Coventry needs one townwide professionaly run Fire / Rescue dept with a board elected by skills rather than "liked'. Of course, that wont happen.


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