As a former vice mayor of Ceres and the wife of a police officer, I want to encourage support for Measure H, which is on the Ceres ballot. Measure H is a half-cent sales tax measure that will allow for the additional hiring of police officers and firefighters. I believe we need to take this step to meet our community's increasing public safety needs.
Public safety personnel nationwide are continuing to be called upon for more service, more challenging situations and more vigilance against gangs and drugs. There are not adequate opportunities for the general fund to be enhanced to allow for the hiring of additional public safety personnel. However, our communities and their needs continue to grow and our limited personnel continue to meet the call.
Measure H is a proactive step for our residents to augment our limited general fund resources and place police officers and firefighters on the streets. There are provisions attached to Measure H to ensure the public's interest and integrity of the measure are respected; it includes an oversight committee.
LISA MANTARRO MOORE Ceres