Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo wants to cut the cost of elections in the city and Broward County. This is in spite of the fact that his position as a city commissioner doesn’t impart him with much authority to change the way elections are run.
The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes runs the elections, but Pembroke Pines pays. That rankles Castillo.
“It’s legal. They can charge cities. That’s what happens when you’re low man on the totem pole,” he said. “But if they’re going to charge cities, at least they’re going to have to endure me.” He is particularly troubled by the projected cost of next March’s elections for Pembroke Pines, which is $250,000.
He wonders why Pembroke Pines has to pay so much more than its neighbor to the south Miramar, which will pay $132,000, when the two cities have a comparable number of voting locations.
Snipes has not yet returned phone calls to explain the difference or comment on Castillo’s suggestions. Castillo isn’t up for reelection next year.