Templeton planning special election for fire department funding
–At its next meeting May 21, the Templeton Community Services District board will decide whether to hold a special election to fund its fire and emergency services department, according to a report by the New Times.
A proposed parcel tax of $180 per year per parcel—adjusted annually for inflation and capped at 2 percent—could generate $486,000 each year for the department. The tax would allow the station to hire two new full-time firefighters, fill the full-time fire chief position, and create a three-shift platoon staffing configuration.
On Tuesday, the board held a workshop to inform the community about the lack of funding and resulting service lapses that the department is currently dealing with.