A special election that could impact the Templeton Community Services District will be held on Tuesday in order to determine whether Measure A will be passed or declined.
Measure A proposes the addition of a parcel tax, which would require property owners in the Templeton CSD to pay $15 a month more to keep the fire department fully staffed. This means $180 per year would be collected by these owners to go directly toward the firefighter fund.
Firefighters say if the measure does not pass, response times could be affected, and crews will have to go to the county for fire service. They say the county will most likely have CAL FIRE take over with assistance from the Atascadero and Paso Robles fire departments.
The election is being done entirely through mail-in voting, with more than 4,000 people in the area receiving the ballots in July.
San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong wants to remind all voters that they are not allowed to go within 100 feet of a ballot drop-off center wearing anything that promotes or goes against a campaign during Election Day.
He also asks voters to make sure they signed the identification envelope and request a Circle Date Stamp at the Post Office if you plan to send your ballot in the mail.
All of the ballots are due by Tuesday.