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FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT REJECTED

By only five votes, residents of Concord have voted down a program Saturday to reward volunteer firefighters.

Supervisor John E. Allan said the vote of 126-121 rejected a benefit intended for firefighters who have reached age 65 and served at least 10 years with the East Concord or Mortons Corners fire companies.

If approved, the plan would have paid firefighters $29 a year for each year they served, with a cap of 40 years.

The $85,000 cost in the first year would have added 85 cents per $1,000 valuation to the Fire Protection District tax rate.

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