Voters rejected an effort to help beef up fire protection in some Central Coast communities.
In a vote by mail election, a proposal for a $66 dollar a year parcel tax for property owners served by the Five Cities Fire Authority failed, receiving a 40% yes vote.
If passed, the plan would have generated close to a million dollars a year in revenue. Fire officials say it would help them keep six firefighting positions which have been funded by grants, but are now at risk with that funding ending. The money would have also allowed the agency to update its equipment.
The Fire Authority serves Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Oceano, and Halcyon.