By Sarah Wibell
Morgan County Manager Adam Mestres called for the Board of Elections to cut its operating budget by two percent during its regular meeting on Thursday, March 15. The budget of $50,433.00 for the 2018 fiscal year, which does not include staff salary or benefits, will be decreased to $49,424.34.
“Each year, we evaluate our expected revenues, expenditures, and any potential negative impact of such to the taxpayers of our community,” Mestres stated. “The requested two percent budget decrease will be redistributed to a number of capital improvement projects where there is not currently enough Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funding available. This will allow our county to remain as fiscally conservative-minded as possible.”
The board approved a reduction in staffing from a minimum of four to five poll workers to three for polling stations with low turnouts.