It was just last month that Morgan Hill City Council members voted unanimously July 2 to create a ballot measure that would put a 2% utility tax, with a low-income exception, on the November ballot in order to fund nine more positions in the Morgan Hill Police Department.
Then, just last week, I read in the Morgan Hill Times that the department just added five new officers, bringing the total number of cops in Morgan hill to 38 or (roughly) one per thousand residents. So, if we’ve got the funds already, why do we need to pay a higher utility tax? Particularly one that is simply going directly into the general fund and is not earmarked directly for the police budget? Or has the department simply jumped the gun and hired the officers even before the vote? Shades of “Wag The Dog”, anyone?