Majority of Templeton property owners vote against tax that would have created full-time fire department

A Templeton ballot initiative to create a benefit assessment district to fund a full-time fire department failed.

Sixty-one percent of Templeton property owners voted against the additional tax.

The Templeton Fire Department now relies on 24 volunteer members for emergency response.

District officials did not plan to begin collecting the assessment for another three to five years.

--AnnMarie Cornejo