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Raptakis Echos Concerns Raised by Citizens Group Regarding CCFD Deficit

While CCFD officials refute deficit concerns, State Senate candidate Gorman sends out campaign brochure hiding his connection to the district

 

While Central Coventry Fire District officials are refuting concerns raised by a local citizens advocate about a million dollar plus budget deficit, candidate for State Senate Lou Raptakis is pointing out that Dave Gorman, the Union President for the district who is running against Raptakis in the Democratic primary, is hiding his connection to the district in his campaign brochure.

Raptakis said Gorman’s campaign literature is touting his experience as “a Fire Department Captain in the Town of Coventry”, but nowhere is the Central Coventry Fire District mentioned.  Raptakis said this is an indication that Gorman is afraid voters will connect him with the rate hikes they have been hit with by the district over the last few years.

“Dave Gorman and the other folks running the Central Coventry Fire District are trying to blame ratepayers for not paying their bills in a timely way,” said Raptakis.  “Unfortunately, these fire officials are oblivious to the fact that in this tough economy, people are struggling to pay fire taxes that have tripled in recent years.”

Raptakis added, “My opponent is out of touch and doesn’t understand that unlike the 65% pay increase he negotiated for new EMTs and firefighters getting hired by the district, the rest of us aren’t seeing anything close to those kinds of pay hikes.”

While fire district officials have pointed to unpaid taxes as a source of budget deficits, Raptakis said district spending continues to increase in an environment where the tax base is not increasing.  He said that it is irresponsible for district officers to continue spending when they know the community they serve cannot sustain the kind of fire tax increases they have been imposing in recent years.

Raptakis said the fire district’s own budget data shows that they went from having a $585,000 surplus in 2008 to a $1.9M deficit as of June 30, 2012.  The change in financial fortunes for the district happens to coincide with the new contract Gorman negotiated for the union, a contract which managed to avoid the kind of health care co-pays firefighter unions have agreed to in many financially-strapped Rhode Island cities.  The contract allows new Emergency Management Technicians/Firefighters hired in April of 2009 to receive a 65% pay hike by April 1, 2014. 

“The fact Dave Gorman is afraid to tell voters that he works for the Central Coventry Fire District in his campaign brochure should tell you all you need to know about the damage he has done to ratepayers,” said Raptakis.  “He knows the Central Coventry Fire District has a reputation for operating in the shadows and spending money in a way that ignores the economic realities facing our community.  On Tuesday, September 11th, voters will have a clear choice in the State Senate primary.  A vote for Lou Raptakis will be a vote for someone who will fight for taxpayers.  A vote for Dave Gorman will be a vote to protect the special interests and to dump the bill on our citizens.”

 

Mohawk September 05, 2012 at 03:26 PM
His hole platform is about how his Fire District taxes tripled well Lou that happens when you change zoneing from residential to Commercial ,and get this he wants the Fire district to still charge him residential . I dont know bout you but you really want this guy in either postion .VOTE NO ..!
QuidnickCrusader September 05, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Funny thing is, he proposed legislation back in 2008 that would have granted fire districts the authority to create four different classifications of taxable property: residential, commercial, automotive and tangible. But now, in Romney-esque fashion, he wants to rail against the tax structute. The proposed legislation is here: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText08/SenateText08/S2658.htm
Realistic voter September 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Lou now that your wife snagged another job from the people of woonsocket ( What did you promise them Lou?). And whats the reason you didn't pay your taxes on time all those years I was paying your wifes salary and benefits ( from which I paid to cover your medical). Now as a senator what did you do all those years...nothing and now you want another shot!! LOL It's like bringing Bush back!
Realistic voter September 06, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Nobody worry now Lou's has woonsocket to pay his health care, Just glad we don't have to carry him anymore! In fact Lou's had it pretty good off the taxpayers he double dipped when was at the state we paid and paid again when his wife worked for the town. How many people go with out healthcare and lou had two policy's..not a good sharer as the kids would say!!!
Realistic voter September 06, 2012 at 02:28 AM
This article was flushed down the toilet in the Kent County dailey times as crap on monday , Most of it made up by the guy pulling the strings for Lou........John Asshole lone
Realistic voter September 06, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Lou read the papers, The lies you and John Assholelone are throwing out there have already been proven false. You might want to consider how the voters will view you.
John September 06, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I saw the article in the Times, I thought john lived in South Kingstown?? LOL Still thinks he runs Coventry!! Hey patch check his address I think it comes back to a mobile home parks rec room he owns.
Mohawk September 06, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Guys if you look into the town tax records I bet Venus pizza is still in his fathers name so the town taxes are frozen, and Central Coventry Fire does not do that , makes you wonder .
Rebecca Leveillee September 06, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Agree! Lou has his little players and John Ass. is his number 1 fan!
John September 11, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Raptakis has an old couple standing out there with" lou saved my house"!! This man stops at at nothing!!
Mohawk September 11, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Realistic taxpayer he is running for both. Todays primary is for the State Senate ,oct will be for CCFD fire district board either way its bad for everybody if he gets in .
Coventry Voter September 12, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Glad to see that the better man won!!!

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