By Miriam Raftery
October 20, 2016 (Crest) – The stakes are high in the San Miguel Fire Board race. In July, the board majority voted to axe a contract that outsourced firefighting to Cal Fire, entered into back when property tax revenues had plummeted in the recession and the district had shut down a fire station. Now four candidates want to undo the recent vote and keep the deal with Cal Fire, while four others are running to restore local control. The ninth candidate says he hasn’t made up his mind. There are four seats up for grabs.
All nine appeared at a candidate forum tonight in Crest, a town that burned in the 2003 fires and where residents pay a higher assessment for fire services than any other fire district locally.