Reapportionment may be costly for taxpayers

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee was warned that the current reapportionment map could cost taxpayers an additional $20,000 to $30,000.

County Board of Elections Commissioner Donald Wart said during Wednesday’s meeting that the reapportionment, as it now stands, will require the addition of election districts.

“Based on the fact that our budget has been submitted and what I saw on the map, I would just like to call to the committee’s attention, based on the new lines that we probably will be looking at more election districts,” he said, adding that the budget will be left $20,000 to $30,000 short.

Wart said it was his understanding that the maps are still being looked at and that the elections budget will be short of funds.

Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley said he didn’t understand. If there are the same number of legislators and the same districts in each town, why the need for more districts, he asked.

Wart said it’s because there are two legislators on the same ballot in a town. If you carve out a corner, that creates additional election districts, he noted.

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