City of Morgan Hill Utility Users Tax, Measure G (November 2008)

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A City of Morgan Hill Utility Users Tax, Measure G ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot for voters in the City of Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County, where it was defeated.

If Measure G had been approved, it would have enacted a 2% utility users tax that would have cost individual households an average of a little over $120/year.[1][2]

Measure G was supported by Citizens for a Safer Morgan Hill and opposed by CAUGHT Again.[3]

The pro-G campaign raised $6,050, most of it ($5,000) from the Morgan Hill Police Officers Association. With their funds, they hired San Francisco-based TBWB Strategies.

Election results

Measure G
Defeatedd No9,38464.78%
Yes 5,103 35.22%
These final, certified, election results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.


Measure G opponents maintained that the Morgan Hill City Council could pay for more police without Measure G except that the city council okayed, in their view, financially unsound recreation facilities through the redevelopment agency. These included the Centennial Recreation Center, the Community and Cultural Center, the Aquatics Center and the Outdoor Sports Center which have operating losses to the city that create a burden on the public treasury, according to Measure G's opponents.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE G: "To help protect general City services including public safety, shall the City of Morgan Hill establish a two percent general utility users' tax on the use of gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, video, sewer, and refuse hauling services, with low-income exemptions, to be reviewed by the City Council every two years and terminated if findings are not made that the tax is necessary for the City's financial health?"[4]

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