Why is the election being held in May and not during the general election in November?

City Council says the sudden ballot measure is needed to quickly clarify what revenues will be available for budgeting. Others suggest that the early spring timing will allow the dedicated proponents of higher taxes to pass the measure before the general population gets wind of it. In any case, holding a special election at an additional cost of about $20,000 is indicative of how the City manages its resources.