Who Will Pay? “Well, That’s An Interesting Question,” AJC Reports.
ATLANTA — Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that HB 316 supporters have “escaped detailed discussion” on who would pay for yearly costs of a new voting system and how much of that cost would be passed down to counties.
Excerpts of the article follow:
“Annual costs of a new voting system, and how they would be divvied up between state government and local governments, has so far escaped detailed discussion…
That [cost] scenario would also require $5.7 million in annual licensing and maintenance fees that would be paid by – well, that’s an interesting question.”
By failing to fully fund both upfront and yearly costs of voting machines, HB 316 supporters will be passing down an unfunded mandate to counties, likely forcing them to need to raise property taxes.
Read the full article here.