Layoffs planned in El Dorado County after fire tax fails — on same day firefighters are injured

Sept 5, 2019 – The same day two of their firefighters were nearly killed when their engine was destroyed by a wildfire, El Dorado County property owners rejected a parcel tax that would have kept one of them on the payroll.

Fifty-four percent of the 1,067 voters in the Garden Valley Fire Protection District voted “no” to raise their parcel taxes and keep three of the six district firefighters from receiving layoff notices, said Chief Clive Savacool.