Contra Costa County won't close more fire stations

October 24, 2013 10:32:23 AM PDT
The Contra Costa County Fire District is not going to close another fire station because of rebounding real estate values.

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.