Local Elections

Rancor over City Hall move couldn’t unseat Citrus Height incumbents

All three incumbents in the Citrus Heights Council race were still in their seats after Tuesday’s election.

The trio ran a tight race, with Jeannie Bruins earning 25.8 percent of the vote, Mel Turner 22 percent and Steve “Sparky” Miller 21.4 percent. Challengers Tim Schaefer and Bridget Duffy earned 18.1 percent and 12.3 percent respectively.

The relocation of the Citrus Heights City Hall and the construction of a medical office building in its place became a central theme of debate in this race. The incumbents have supported the move, while their opponents have challenged it.

The deal to allow Dignity Health to construct the three-story medical center on the stie at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive will generate $6 million to $7 million in lease payments over 15 years, said the incumbents. The money would be used to offset the cost of the new $18.9 million city hall to be built on property the city would purchase nearby.

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