- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) - Taxpayers unhappy at the amount of spending for fire protection have cut a proposed Coventry Fire District budget by 14.5 percent.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1vTSGqQ ) that the board had proposed an annual budget of $2.9 million for the 2015 budget year, slightly less than $3 million in the previous year.

But taxpayers angry at what the district says are the highest fire district tax rates in Rhode Island, reduced it by $420,000, to less than $2.5 million.

A new board of directors also was elected.

Residents who attended a meeting Wednesday complained about the cost of streetlights and fire hydrants and salary paid to the fire chief while he is suspended and under investigation for possible misconduct.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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