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DECISION 2019


O N L I N E

After several years of searching for solutions to save Templeton’s Fire Department, time and options have run out.  One option remains.  Vote for an assessment or close the Fire Department.

SHOULD TEMPLETON VOTE ON A SPECIAL TAX LEVY TO FUND TEMPLETON FIRE?

 On Tuesday, May 21st, the Board of Directors for Templeton Community Services District (TCSD) voted for a special, all mail election to be held on August 27, 2019.  The purpose of the election is to determine if voters living within TCSD’s boundaries are willing to levy a special tax on real property to provide 7/24 staffing for Templeton Fire & Emergency Services. 


 RESOURCES FOR “DECISION 2019”

  •  “Our Growing Fire & Emergency Services Dilemma” – Please CLICK HERE to download
  • “Frequently Asked Questions” – Please CLICK HERE to download
  • A PowerPoint presentation on the challenges facing Templeton Fire & Emergency Services – Please CLICK HERE to download
  • "Templeton could soon vote to fund its fire department, County opted not to help"  - New Times SLO, May 10, 2019, by Karen Garcia - please CLICK HERE to download
  • “Twin Cities Community Hospital Shines a Spotlight on Emergency Care”, Templeton Magazine, Spring/Summer 2019, page 4
  • “Save Your Templeton Fire & Emergency Services Department”, Templeton Magazine, Spring/Summer 2019, page 6
  • “Templeton Fire Department races to a cure for cancer”, Paso Robles Magazine, April 2019, page 33
  • "2018 Templeton Fire Department & Emergency Services Annual Report" presented to the TCSD Board of Directors in January 2019 - please CLICK HERE to download
  • January 2019 Letter to the Board of Supervisors requesting consideration of an increase in Templeton's share of property taxes - please CLICK HERE to download (Note!  Supers said no)


 
IF THE SPECIAL ELECTION VOTE FAILS AND TEMPLETON FIRE IS DISBANDED,

WHAT WILL THE COUNTY DO?

From SLO County Administrative Office

County Won't Subsidize Independent Special Districts- [May 10] The County Board of Supervisors adopted a new budgetary policy on Tuesday that states the County shall not subsidize an independent special district with County Genera Fund [monies] or agree to a property tax exchange that would result in a net fiscal loss to the County.  The Board agreed to adopt this new policy because independent special districts are autonomous government agencies independent of the County in governance, the provision of services, and funding.  The Board's Ad Hoc Fire Committee members, Supervisors Gibson and Peschong, recommended [the] next steps, which the Board approved, to continue to evaluate fire protection service by special districts in unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County.  This will include an in-depth review of service models and funding options for sufficient resources to extend adequate levels of structural fire protection and emergency medical services to unserved and underserved areas of the unincorporated San Luis Obispo County.  Management contact: Lisa Howe


Editor's Note! [May 30] Nothing new to report on the County's plans to provide fire services if and when various special fire districts throughout the County fail.