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Oakland County Commissioners Call for Reimbursement of Special Election Costs

The special election to fill Thaddeus McCotter's seat is estimated to cost some townships as much as $30,000.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners is asking Governor Snyder to reimburse local communities for the $650,000 cost of holding a special election to fill former U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter's seat, . 

Municipalities in Michigan's 11th Congressional District must hold a special primary on Sept. 5 to narrow down the field of candidates. Voters will cast their ballot for the final winner on Nov. 6 to serve the remainder McCotter's term, which ends in December. 

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This past Thursday, the commissioners voted 22-2 to ask to state to reimburse the costs of holding a special election. They join Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard, Jr., who has also made this request of the state.

Oakland County Commissioner Kathy Crawford, who represents Novi and part of Northville, introduced the resolution. She said that the special election is a burden on local communities.

"I know it's an unexpected expenditure for the state, as well, but municipalities are really hard-pressed, especially in this hard economic times. They're counting every penny. It's more of a drain on small communities," she said.

Crawford said she doesn't know if the state will answer the request, but that it is not unprecedented and you never know until you ask.

"I thought, nothing ventured, nothing gained," she said.

scott shepherd August 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Mcotter should repay this! he is the one at fault, why should the taxpayers eat this?
Diane August 29, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The state is flush with excess funds from the sales tax collected on gasoline, so let them foot the bill. In addition, it was Snyder who signed on for the special election when Kerry Bentivolio was the only name on the ballot. By the way, what ever happened to the calls to eliminate the sales tax when the price per gallon of gas was hovering around $3.00?

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