Contra Costa County Fire Chief Louder presented a service reduction plan to the Contra Costa County Supervisors today that will close four fire stations. The “plan” will reduce the $7.5M budget deficit for upcoming year by only by $3M, leaving a deficit of $4.5M, with no reserves and slower response times.
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Following the defeat of Measure Q, a parcel tax to help fund expenses, Chief’s recommendations offered only service cuts without addressing voter concerns over alternate service models or pension and salary reforms.
ConFire, under the watchful do-nothingness of the County Supervisors, has spent its entire reserve over the past 5-yrs without addressing its burgeoning costs and structural deficits. Station closures will take place in Martinez, Clayton, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek. See the Service Reduction and Station Closure documents below.