City Council says the sudden ballot measure is needed to quickly clarify available revenues for budgeting.
Another theory is that the summer timing will allow dedicated proponents of higher taxes to pass the measure before the general population gets wind of it. Placement on the August ballot also avoids reminding voters of other new taxes likely to appear on the November ballot (specifically, a new road millage just approved by Washtenaw County Commissioners).
In any case, Ypsilanti City Council is hoping for low voter turnout in August, in a desperate bid to raise taxes for Water Street… for the 4th time! With a 2-to-1 margin, voters soundly rejected the last Water Street millage and two attempts for a City Income Tax. The voice of the people is clear, but City Council isn’t listening.