By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

GUADALUPE, Calif. (AP) - Officials in a town on California’s scenic central coast are warning the government may have to disband if residents don’t approve tax and fee hikes.

Guadalupe, population 7,000, was established in 1840 and incorporated in 1946.

City officials say it may disincorporate if residents don’t approve three November ballot measures that would plug a $335,000 deficit.

The Santa Maria times reports ( ) that the city’s public safety director is among those going door-to-door in support of the measures.

According to the League of California Cities, no city has disbanded since the early 1970s, though at least one in Riverside County is mulling the move.

If Guadalupe disincorporates, staff would be laid off and services such as police and fire would be handled by Santa Barbara County.


Information from: Santa Maria Times,

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