Coeur d'Alene tallies recall cost | News
The effort to recall several members of the Coeur d'Alene City Council failed to qualify for the ballot. But, the cost of verifying those signatures is very real for Kootenai County.
The county released the numbers this week, saying it cost $6,750 to look through and verify the signatures. All those costs are to pay the wages of employees, tasked with looking through the petitions. The costs do not include the 180 hours of time spent by the clerk, the chief deputy clerk and the elections manager, who are all salaried employees.
"Most days the crew worked 10 or 11 hours, so there were several hundred dollars involved, including some overtime," County Clerk Cliff Hayes said in a press released issued Tuesday.
The recall group wanted those council members and the mayor out of office, because of their stance on the controversial McEuen Field project. After weeks of aggressive signature gathering, organizers came up about 200 or 250 valid signatures short of qualifying the recall for the ballot.
According to the press release:
"The Kootenai County Elections budget for fiscal year 2012 is $599,613. The state of Idaho is expected to contribute about $220,000 for election consolidation; the remaining funds needed are sourced from property taxes. No additional state funds will accrue to Kootenai County as a result of the need to verify the recall petition signatures."