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Rohnert Park voters OK sales tax extension

Residents in Rohnert Park on Tuesday approved an indefinite extension of the city's half-cent sales tax measure, which had been set to expire in 2015.

Measure A, which requires a simple majority vote to pass, had 68.2 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting.

"This is wonderful for Rohnert Park and I just need to thank all the people who went out and voted to help keep our community moving in the right direction," said Rohnert Park Mayor Pam Stafford.

Meanwhile, incumbents on the Graton Community Services District, which runs the rural west Sonoma County sewer system, were defeated in that race's final vote count. In the final tally, challengers Richard Coleman and Hollynn D'Lil won with 232 votes (37.7 percent) and 229 votes (37.2 percent) respectively. Incumbents Jane Eagle and John Roehl received only 12.8 percent and 11.9 percent of the vote, respectively.

It was the first election the community services district has held in its 10-year history. Until now, the district's candidates had never been challenged.

That challenge came after a recent grand jury report found that the board lacked understanding of the district's finances. The district maintains sewer rates that are among the highest in the county.

"The residents of Graton came together and decided to do something about a situation that had been brewing for a long time," Coleman said.

D'Lil said many of the people who worked on the campaign to challenge the incumbents have made a commitment to work on committees to improve the district's financial situation.

"The great teamwork that we developed during this campaign will carry forward," D'Lil said.

In Bodega Bay, where three seats on the fire protection district were up for grabs, challengers also beat the incumbents. Charlie Bone received 294 votes (24.7 percent), Constance Clover got 250 votes (21 percent) and Dave Kruppa obtained 235 votes (19.8 percent).

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