Four cities in Clark County are expected to share a $2.4 million cost to hold spring municipal elections next year, a number officials say could be zero if they lined up their election cycle with the county’s. Clark County data pegs the cost of 2017 city elections at $2.4 million, if the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City all require both primary and general elections in the spring. The cost for the city of Las Vegas alone is about $1.47 million. Those new figures for city elections capture the actual county cost for holding them, county spokesman Dan Kulin said. A county audit last year found that the county was substantially under-billing the cities for their off-year elections. The currently proposed charge for the cities has come down a bit from the cost that was landed on in the audit, which was in excess of $3 million.
City elections have been held in the spring on off years from county, state and federal races, but with the cost of holding city elections at a different time, some have questioned whether they should follow Mesquite’s lead and move their races to line up with the other cycles, in November of even years.
With that move, Mesquite isn’t charged election costs by the county unless there’s a special election or something additional is added to the ballot, Kulin said.