Election Costs Spike with Lowell Recount
LOWELL -- The significant staffing time and resources during the primary recount has resulted in higher-than-anticipated election costs this year.
The Lowell City Council on Tuesday approved a $35,535 supplemental appropriation for staffing coverage for the Nov. 6 general election.
This funding also means residents will be able to vote early.
The additional $35,535 appropriation is revenue neutral, and will have no impact on the residential tax rate, according to City Manager Eileen Donoghue.
The recent tight primary election resulted in a recount. Lori Trahan narrowly defeated Dan Koh.
The recount required substantial staffing time and resources, and this additional work resulted in costs that were unforeseen during the budget process.
This supplemental appropriation will allocate funding received by the state to the city’s election office. The monies are a biannual reimbursement from the Secretary of State’s office for extended polling.
On Tuesday, the council also:
* Recognized the city’s designation from American Planning Association regarding the Canalway Cultural District as one of its “Great Neighborhoods” of 2018.
* Approved the $2.6 million loan order to pay costs to acquire by eminent domain 75 Arcand Drive for the high school project.
* Accepted a report on Problematic Areas.
* Accepted a report on Perry Street.
* Received a report on Relocation Specialist.
* Received a report on Cawley Ancillary Cost.
* Reappointed Gary Perrin to Zoning Board of Appeals.
* Reappointed Thomas Linnehan to Planning Board.
* Request City Manager have Department of Public Works provide a report regarding the repaving, sidewalk repair and curbing on Inland Street.
* Request City Manager find ways and means to increase safety measures for pedestrians crossing in front of City Hall on Merrimack Street.
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