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Clerk Clarifies Election Costs

Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes offered a clarification on election costs today. “Some City Council members and several citizens in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls apparently still believe each taxing district pays for each election they hold”, said Hayes.  This confusion has become apparent in televised City Council meetings. “Since the legislature enacted consolidated elections in 2011, almost all elections are paid for by the County”, noted Hayes.  There are still a few exceptions to this, primarily irrigation and watershed districts. The County’s funding sources for administering all other elections are two:  about 40% from the state of Idaho, and about 60% from local tax revenues.  “The taxpayers pay either way, but there is not an additional cost borne by the cities,” noted Hayes/Kootenai County Clerk's Office, news release.


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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