By RANDI ROSSMANN
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Voters in Bodega Bay overwhelmingly passed a fire district tax measure on Tuesday, one of several issues decided in elections in five Sonoma County communities.
Bodega Bay’s Measure B passed with 80.3 percent. It allows fire officials to continue spending tax revenues that voters had authorized the district to begin collecting eight years ago.
An obscure provision of the tax law requires voters to renew their permission to spend the funds every four years — something they did in both 2003 and 2007.
The money includes funds for firefighting, fire prevention and ambulance needs.
In Occidental, voters chose three representatives to the Occidental Community Services District.
They picked Ray Lunardi, with 28.9 percent, Margaret Gerner with 26.9 percent and Coy C. Brown with 25.4 percent.
Monte Rio’s Recreation and Park District board had three open positions. Voters chose Steve Baxman with 37.4 percent, Catherine LaPlante with 25.3 percent and Jean Gifford Sasso with 25.1 percent.
For the Schell Vista Fire Protection District board, voters chose Dan Weber with 40 percent of the vote and Bob McLean with 31.8 percent.
And up the north coast, Point Arena area voters elected school district members Jim DeWilder, 30.2 percent, Ron Miles, 28.1 percent and Bob Gardiner, 23.3 percent.
The Point Arena joint school district crosses Sonoma and Mendocino county lines.
In all, about 6,800 of Sonoma County’s approximately 250,000 eligible voters were affected by Tuesday’s elections.
Preliminary election results show about 31 percent of voters participated.