by Carol Thompson
Is it a shortfall or an anticipated shortfall?
Semantics played into a disagreement between Oswego County Board of Elections Commissioner Dick Atkins and Legislator Dan Chalifoux during Tuesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee.
Atkins and fellow commissioner Donald Wart had requested a $55,000 budget transfer to cover the cost of ballots for the 2012 election.
Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler asked if the money was needed to cover the cost of ballots for special elections.
Legislator Art Ospelt, who chairs the committee, said yes.
However, Atkins said that it wasn’t because of a special election. He added that during the budget process, County Administrator Phil Church advised that money needed to be cut from the board of elections budget to help the overall budget.
“We took $65,000 out of our budget,” Atkins said.
He added that because of cuts made by the board, the department is able to transfer the funds from another line rather than the contingency account, as was originally agreed upon.
Chalifoux noted that the memo attached to the resolution from Atkins and Wart referred to a shortfall.
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