In Farmersville, California, a city of 11,000 in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley, firefighters sleep in the city council chambers, share a bathroom with the public and prepare meals in a city hall break room.

Municipal officials had different plans for their emergency personnel, cobbling together funds from the local redevelopment agency to build a $5 million fire station, said Rene Miller, the city manager. The city had to kill the project — and one to improve the main road into town — after California Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers dissolved the agencies, Miller said.

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