As the mayoral candidates trade barbs about the costs of various programs and priorities, there’s one big-ticket item that often gets overlooked: the special election itself.
In 2013 alone, the city took on three special elections and a corresponding $5.4 million tab to pay for them. It’s preparing to spend at least $4 million for another next month.
An analysis of past city election bills shows those contests came with a much higher per-voter charge than other elections the city’s held in the past decade.
The unexpected 2013 races cost the city an average of $25.95 per voter, a massive figure compared with the 42 cents per voter it paid in the November 2012 election.