Official: Central Coventry district going broke

The special master of the Central Coventry Fire District said it may run out of money before voters pass judgment on a new budget Oct. 21.

The fire district, which provides fire and emergency services for about 18,000 people, has been in receivership since October. Voters overwhelmingly rejected a budget in March.

The Providence Journal reported that Superior Court Judge Brian P. Stern has since given a newly elected district board of directors authority to negotiate a new budget.

Richard Land, the special master, said the fire district has about $670,000 on hand and is spending between $100,000 and $120,000 a week.

He said that at that rate, the district will be out of cash in October.