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Palm Coast Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 8 years ago

Election deal cuts costs

by: Brian McMillan Executive Editor

Voters will be able to choose one of six places to vote on three City Council seats, including the mayor’s seat, in November.

It you feel like election season was just a few months ago, you’re right. But it’s coming again.

This November, three City Council seats will be contested. Mayor Jon Netts will be opposed in a re-election bid, as will Holsey Moorman. Mary DiStefano has already served two terms and will not be able to run again.

The city will contract with the Flagler County Supervisor of Elections to manage the polling places and early voting at a cost of $120,000 total for the primary and election.

But the city now wants the number of polling places to be reduced from 21 down to six. At a cost of $1,000 per day per polling place, that would reduce the total cost by $30,000 total for the primary and election.

Moreover, citizens will not be assigned to a particular precinct, but can vote at whichever polling place is most convenient.

The City Council also voted Tuesday, Feb. 1, to add a referendum to the ballot that would amend the city’s charter and move the City Council election cycle to even-numbered years. The change would align city elections with county, state and federal elections.

If the referendum passes, Mayor Jon Netts said, “In all probability … we would get a better turnout and a better representative vote of the people.”

The change would also save more of the taxpayers’ money.

City Manager Jim Landon said it would cost less than $10,000 for an election if the city were to be added to the general election cycle.

Stormwater progress?
At Landon’s recommendation, the City Council delayed the first public reading of the revised stormwater ordinance until 9 a.m. Feb. 15, at the Community Center.

After a meeting with these landowners Friday, Jan. 28, Landon said, the two sides have made progress and should be able to come to an agreement.

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