“I’m looking at my options now and my decision will be whatever is best for taxpayers,” Gabbard said in a statement. “I hope to make the decision by next week at the latest.”
If Gabbard resigns, the city would need to hold a special election. The costs of a special election, however, can be avoided if she steps down sooner rather than later because the Nov. 6 General Election ballot can be modified to include the new race to replace Gabbard.
The last time the city held a special election was in December 2010 to fill the District 1 seat that had been vacated by Todd Apo. It was estimated that the cost of that election, which was done by mail-in ballot only, was less than $170,000. Two previous special elections cost the city $170,000 and $225,000.