Did you notice the mayors options for the city - Cut essential operations (police, emt, libraries, schools) or tax hike. As if the city didn't have non-essential operations they could cut (like some of the fat from his office). Basically he wants to raise the taxes so he is presenting a lose-lose situation. Obviously cutting essential operations is worse then a tax hike - he knows this, we know this. So by giving us only those two options it makes it look like the tax hike is the lesser of two evils. However life has more options for us - it's just the mayor doesn't want to allow us to have it.
That's the BS which needs to be called out.
If at first you don't succeed, excessive force is probably the answer.