The Compton City Council resumed regular city council meetings after going dark during the full month of August. During the September 7 meeting, the council was asked to make budget amendments under agenda item 21, to include a bill received by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office related to the April 2021 primary election.
The agenda item didn’t detail the cost of the invoice, which prompted Councilman Jonathan Bowers to ask why the budget needed to be amended.
“Um…we were initially budgeted for a little over $300,000 and our invoice for the April election only came in at over $1 million,” said City Clerk Alita Godwin. “And that is just for April.”
During the November 10, 2020, regular city council meeting, Godwin gave a presentation that she contacted the County who gave her estimates for conducting an all vote by mail election v in person voting.
Vote by mail would cost approx. $350,000, and in person would be double that amount.
Godwin cited her “training” on elections as the reason she suggested an all vote by mail election, in order to save the city money.
How did the bill come in 3x the amount the County quoted Godwin? What’s the next bill gonna look like?
The item passed unanimously.