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RESULTS: Templeton residents cast ballots for special election to fund fire department

Templeton residents cast ballots for special election to fund fire department
Posted at 8:24 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 01:47:27-04

Results are in for the Templeton Community Services District Special Election.

Voters in Templeton approved a parcel tax measure to fund the Templeton Fire and Emergency Services department.

Measure A will require property owners to pay an additional $15 per month. It needed approval by 2/3 of voters to pass.

Firefighters say the extra money will help keep the fire department fully staffed. Without it, they said the community could have to turn to CAL FIRE for coverage.

More than 4,670 ballots were sent to registered Templeton voters for this vote-by-mail-only election. According to the San Luis Obispo County Clerks Office, as of 8:20 p.m., 1,992 ballots were returned, of those ballots 1,551 voted Yes and 440 voted No.

Ballots needed to be physically returned to the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder's Office by 8 p.m. Tuesday or postmarked on or before Aug. 27 in order to be counted.

Ballots will continue to be counted for the next several days and official results are expected in September. Results will be updated on the Clerk-Recorder's website.