“I just feel we waited until the last minute,” Condrey said.
Vice Mayor Joe Mulligan pointed out that he brought the topic up in February but council had more pressing issues to address such as coronavirus COVID-19 and hiring a new city manager.
Councilwoman Ami Vitori said there is enough time to educate voters on the need for the income tax increase. Vitori said more voters will come to the polls because it is a presidential election year.
“We’re deciding to let them make their voices heard,” she said.
Councilwoman Monica Nenni said she told voters when she ran for election last year that she would give them the opportunity to vote on the streets issue.
Resident and former council candidate Levi Cramer spoke in opposition saying that council was out of touch with the city and was “almost offensive.”
“We have families who have to decide to be one-income families,” Cramer said. “There are far more options to consider. I think you should delay this decision.”