Low Voter Turnout Dooms Cottonwood Fire District Bond

Nov 6, 2013 2:38 PM

About six in 10 eligible voters in living with in the boundaries of the Cottonwood Fire Protection District did not vote in this week's Measure A Election in Tehama County. The measure lost, falling short of the 66 percent approval threshold needed for approval.

Officials with the fire protection district, which responds to about 800 emergency calls a year over a 36-square-mile area, were hoping Measure A would pass and provide the $4 million needed to build a badly needed new fire station.

But Wednesday morning, the Shasta County Elections Department reported that Measure A lost 59 percent to 41 percent, according to unofficial results.

As for voter turnout, only 43 percent of district voters cast a ballot in this most recent election. One of the five precincts within the district turned out a mere 14 percent of its voters, with 132 votes cast compared to 932 eligible voters living in that precinct.


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