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City Beat An Important Time to Stay Informed and Engaged By Maureen Tobin, Communications & Engagement Manager M organ Hill’s two-year budget was adopted in June and the new fi scal year is now underway. The fi rst half of the new fi scal year is a busy one with several important initiatives for the community to pay attention to. (morganhill.ca.gov/463/Budget) NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE Increase to Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Look for an increase to Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to also be on the ballot in November. TOT is a tax imposed on persons staying 30 days or less in a hotel, inn, motel, tourist home, non-membership campground or other lodging facility. TOT is one of the four main sources of revenue for the General Fund. The City of Morgan Hill has just launched its new Economic Development website ChooseMorganHill.com. The purpose of the new website is to highlight our four key industries (Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, Retail, Tourism and Healthcare) identifi ed in the Economic Blueprint with the use of testimonials, videos, blogging and social me- dia to grow business interest and investment in Morgan Hill. The new ChooseMorganHill.com website is designed to communicate specifi cally to businesses with links back to the main City website for other City services, offerings, and programs. The Economic Blueprint is available at morganhill.ca.gov/1499/Economic-Blue-Print NOVEMBER ELECTION… First Time Electing City Council Members by District This November will be the fi rst time that Morgan Hill voters elect their city council members by district. This is a change from electing all city council members at-large. Now voters will only vote for the city council candidates from/for their district. In November, District B and District D will each be electing a new council member. Residents can visit the Morgan Hill District Elections Interactive Map and enter their address into the search bar to learn which district they are in. More information about the City Council districts and the move to this system can be found at morganhill. ca.gov/1682/City-Council-Districts Cannabis Tax After surveying the community on their receptivity to allowing cannabis in the City, as well as a possible can- nabis tax, the Morgan Hill City Council decided to put a Cannabis Tax out to the Morgan Hill voters in November. If the tax passes the City Council will consider whether to move forward with allowing cannabis sales, cultivation, manufacturing and delivery in Morgan Hill. morganhill. ca.gov/1700/Proposition-64-and-Cannabis-Regulations. 106 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN LISTOS Early this fall Morgan Hill will be launching the Listos Program. Listos is a grass-roots disaster preparedness program that is tailored to meet the individual needs of the Spanish-speaking communities. The program is delivered in a format that is both culturally and linguistically appropriate for the target population. For more information about the program and how you can be involved email Nancy Ducos at Nancy.ducos@morgan- hill.ca.gov. This is just a sampling of the important issues and initiatives happening in Morgan Hill. The easiest way to stay informed and engage on an ongoing basis is to join our mailing list. Just send your email address by text. Text MHENGAGE to 22828 to get started today. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 gmhtoday.com