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The financially beleaguered Central Coventry Fire District has settled two of its debts.

The district on Monday agreed to pay about $303,750 to the Kent County Water Authority for hydrant fees.

The district had been ordered in Kent County Superior Court to pay the water authority, but appealed to the state Supreme Court. The parties then entered mediation sessions.

The district in May negotiated a settlement with Local 3372 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. The union was paid about $282,289, saving taxpayers an estimated $1.2 million.

Taxpayers had voted to dissolve the Coventry district last June rather than raise the city's fire tax rate.

The district's administrator says settling the debts means it's taken another step toward financial recovery for taxpayers.

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