Voters in Valley of the Moon narrowly rejected a tax measure to raise funds for fire services in their area of eastern Sonoma County, while voters in the Rancho Adobe and Monte Rio fire districts approved measures to boost fire budgets in their areas.
The outcomes came as Sonoma County’s officials this week released final results from the Nov. 6 election, including complete tallies in the trio of fire districts that were too close to call on election night.
Valley of the Moon’s Measure Y sought a $200 annual tax per residential parcel to raise money for more firefighters. It lost by 11 votes, garnering 66.5 percent approval. It needed 66.6 percent to pass.
“We’re kind of shocked; varying emotions, disappointed. It’s hard to believe that we were that close,” Valley of the Moon Chief Steve Akre said Tuesday.