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Taxpayers halt tax increase

October 4, 2011

The Central Coventry Fire District budget was not voted on last night. Residents voted to reschedule the meeting and level fund the district from last year. Times File Photo.

COVENTRY—On Monday night, residents did not vote on the Central Coventry Fire District’s proposed budget. Instead, the taxpayers voted to reschedule the annual meeting until April and in the meantime, level fund the fire district from last year.

According to Fire Chief Robert Seltzer, this means that for the next six months, property taxes will not be increased for Central Coventry residents. The fire district’s proposed budget had originally included a tax rate increase for residential and commercial properties.

By a voice vote, the town approved the rescheduling of the meeting and level funding the district until that time. The meeting will be scheduled for the first Monday in April, according to Seltzer. It will be held at the Coventry High School.

“The motion involved level funding the tax rates and to aggressively go after back taxes,” explained Seltzer. He was unable to predict where the district will be, financially, in April.

“In six months from now, we’ll see where we are at in collecting back taxes. If we [gain] the difference from last year’s needed taxes, we may just collect that. I don’t know yet because we have to wait until that time period,” said Seltzer.

For the full story, check Wednesday's edition of the Times.

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