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    Live Chat: 12-1 p.m. Feb. 10 - Parcel Tax Fight: Heated Debate Over Future Of Far East County Fire District

    East Contra Costa Fire District has fallen on hard times, and the agency's board of directors has been planning to put a parcel tax on the June ballot. The district will have to close two stations if the measure fails, leaving three fire houses to serve approximately 105,000 residents. But the results of a poll that the firefighters' union commissioned last month indicate that there's not enough voter support for an annual tax about $98 for approximately five years to warrant pushing ahead with the election. Directors now must decide whether to try anyway or postpone a vote until November. If you'd like to weigh in on this issue, please join Hugh Henderson, fire chief of the East Contra Costa Fire District, and Vince Wells, president of Local 1230, United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, along with East County Times reporter Rowena Coetsee for a live online chat from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10. 
    (Peggy A. Bender)
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