- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state is asking a judge to end its receivership of the Central Coventry Fire District.

The Rhode Island Department of Revenue says it directed the receiver to ask a federal bankruptcy court to transfer governance of the district back to its board Oct. 1.

The department says the receiver doesn’t have enough local support, it’s not the state’s role to continue providing fire services and it gave the district a viable plan to improve its finances.

The bankrupt district has been under state receivership since October 2012.

State officials ordered sweeping changes, including requiring firefighters to work longer weeks. The firefighters’ union contested.

The state says the district has $1.9 million in cash to pay its bills, but that local leaders, including the union, must work together on long-term solutions.


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