As a business owner and active member in my community, I find the need to speak out in support of the half-cent sales tax measure known as Measure H for Ceres. I have thoroughly reviewed this matter and find that with the growing influx of gang and drug activity in our city, we need to take aggressive action to ensure that more police officers and firefighters are hired by our city.
Our city leaders have a challenging job of stretching our city's general fund to so many vital and important programs. Unfortunately, world events and a higher level of security here at home have taxed our already limited work force. Our Department of Public Safety, under Chief Art de Werk's leadership, has done an exemplary job of keeping our streets safe and protecting our property and families. However, with the increase in crime and population, our community must seriously take a step to enhance the number of public safety personnel on duty.
I and my family stand firmly behind Measure H; I encourage my neighbors and friends to also support this worthwhile cause.