Board discusses election costs, maps

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Elections reviewed the costs of the May primary election and discussed further changes to the county’s election maps at their meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The board reviewed the summary of the May 2, 2017, primary election expenses that were provided by Maximus, the consulting company hired to calculate the expenses the board can charge political subdivisions in the county for the expenses incurred during the last election.

“I like this report. It gives everybody at least a good idea … of what they’re getting charged, so there’s no guesswork,” Board Chairman Dave Fisher said.

These expenses or “charge-backs” include expenses such as the cost of ballots, advertising, and poll worker pay that the board pays upfront.

Chargeable items totaled $44,136, to be divided between the City of Troy, the Village of Casstown, the City of Huber Heights, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, and the Bethel, Tipp City, and Northmont school districts.

Poll workers were the biggest expense, at $22,109. It cost $1,620 to print the ballots, instruction cards and other election supplies.

This service cost the county $1,375 for the May election, which was calculated at a discounted rate of $25 per voting precinct that was open during that election. The cost will also be charged back to the political subdivisions by how many precincts were included in that area.

The board also discussed further amendments to various election maps in the county after it was discovered that several recent annexations were missed when updating ward maps.

After changes were made to Piqua ward maps last week, employees went over other precinct maps and turned up several more updates that need to be made, Deputy Director Luke Scott said.

The biggest change in boundaries would be to residents of approximately 200 parcels, including all of Indian Ridge, which would allow them to vote on Springcreek Township issues and candidates.

“The auditor’s office has reached out to the City of Piqua to see if they want to change the township boundaries,” Scott said.

The board voted to amend the boundaries, which can be changed again dependent on further information from the county engineer, the city and the townships.

By Cecilia Fox

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