We’re just a week away from Madison County’s special election to decide on combining the tax collector and tax assessor offices into a revenue commissioner position.Proponents say it will save money, but the price tag for the special election alone is pretty steep. Madison County Probate Judge Tommy Ragland says this special election should cost around $300,000. Getting all those voting machines out there costs money. For one, Ragland notes the county doesn’t own them. The machines have to be rented from a private company, the ballots purchased from them as well.
County workers will have to deliver the ninety-two machines to seventy-five polling places as well as pick them up. Plus, Ragland notes, “The law says we’ve got to have four workers there per machine.”
He adds the workers manning these machines make between a $150 and $200 for the long day they’ll put in. Also, county employees have to contribute to the effort to make sure we get an honest result, from the elections director to the county’s attorney.