Cuts force firefighter layoff in Monterey

March 29, 2009 4:16:51 PM PDT
Budget shortfalls have forced a Monterey County fire protection district to lay off a firefighter-paramedic and reassign a second one, according to the interim fire chief.

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Salaries of Carmel Valley Fire Protection District firefighters and other employees will also be cut 10 percent, interim fire chief Michael Urquides announced Friday. The district's board of directors approved these cost-cutting measures at a meeting Thursday.

The fire district is largely funded by property taxes, which have fallen across the nation. A reduced share of county sales tax and increased ambulance costs have also contributed to the problem, according to the district.

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