Contra Costa County won't close more fire stations

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif.

The Contra Costa Times reports county officials say improving property values have pumped more tax revenue than expected into the fire district's budget.

They say if the county secures another federal grant next year, it also may be able to reopen two of the seven stations it closed in 2011.

However, a top county administrator warns the fire district is still spending up to $10 million more a year than it expects to collect.

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