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Oct 8, 2013 6:37 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

November Election Costs Increase

CORPUS CHRISTI - Election costs have risen meaning you will have to shell out more tax dollars.

Typically, the city has had to pay $200,000 for elections, and that is what they budgeted for this year. But now they just got word from the county that the costs have raised to $369,182.36.

"They said it was 200 thousand dollars," said Council Member David Loeb.

So that is what the city budgeted for, but because of new laws and unexpected costs the city is having to hand over more money than planned so voters can go out and vote on Destination Bayfront this November. Some council members say, adding Destination Bayfront to the November ballot is worth it.

"If Destination Bayfront wasn't on the ballot, the tax payers would still be paying that because the county is still having an election," said Loeb.

So here's why the county says the cost went up so much. This year they had to train poll workers on the new voter id law, the county says the cost to create the ballots went up, and the electronic voting machines need software updates. So because only three entities will be participating in this election, everyone has to get a bigger piece of the pie and pay more. The three entities participating in the November election are Nueces county, the City of Corpus Christi, and London ISD.

Supporters of Destination Bayfront says it's better to put the item up for election now than later. Because if we wait a year, supporters say the cost of the project will only go up.

"That cost of the increase of the project will be way more... Significantly more than the 100 thousand dollars increase on election costs," said Co-Organizer for Destination Bayfront Trey McCampbell.

At today's city council meeting the council approved to take the extra money needed for election costs out of their unreserve fund. The city says it's a fund that has about 36 million dollars in it. The city says it's a fund set aside to pay for unexpected costs like this election.

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