City special election will come with extra cost due to board appointment

By JAMIE PATTERSON,

The city of Yazoo City will be hit with a surprise bill for an election because the city council appointed the county circuit clerk to a municipal board.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved paying $3,885 to an outside election systems and software company for the upcoming special election on Nov. 18, 2019. Normally, special elections within the city use Yazoo County’s voting equipment at no charge. But since the city council appointed Circuit Clerk Robert Coleman to the Public Service Commission Board, the county circuit clerk’s office cannot handle the special election.

“This would normally cost us about $200,” said Mayor Diane Delaware. “But because you put a person on the PSC board…he can’t run that election. So, we are going to pay $3,885 for one little election. I don’t think we paid that for our whole election.”

Donna Kraft, county administrator, said the county does not, nor has ever, charged the city of Yazoo City to use its voting machines, which are owned by the county.

Kraft also said it typically costs about $120 to 150 to pay poll workers.

However, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved placing Coleman on the PSC board earlier this year.

“The cost of this election was not considered in the budget,” Delaware added.