The district board this week approved general funds and capital improvement budgets that will leave the district with a deficit of $1.8 million at the end of the fiscal year, according to a story in the Contra Costa Times.
The district has scheduled a public budget workshop for Oct. 2 to get feedback from the public on how to resolve the fiscal crisis.
On Wednesday night, the board froze a battalion chief position to save $250,000. It also earmarked $240,000 for repairs at two Orinda fire stations, the Times reported.
The district is negotiating new contracts with firefighters, who haven't had a raise since 2008.
Officials have also been studying the district's pension and health care debt, which last year was estimated at $60 million.