Members of the Santa Barbara City Council recently opted to pay up to $300,000 to conduct their own election this November. Councilmembers believe they can save as much as $300,000 by hiring a private consultant instead of processing city votes through the county’s system. The city is also taking the county to court to recoup up to $200,000 in “excess billing.” At issue is whether county elections officials are legally permitted to charge the city for overhead costs associated with running an election.
Santa Barbara City Council Opts to Hold Own Election
Thursday, June 21, 2007
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