Cost of administering Measures A and B much less than some predicted
Shasta County, California: In the lead-up to the November 2, 2010 vote in Shasta County on pension-reform propositions Measure A and Measure B, opponents of the attempts to rein in the city's cost of public employee pensions and retirement benefits claimed that it would cost $50,000 just to administer the elections on the two measures.
However, when the actual costs were tallied, the cost of administering each election was about $5,300, or a total of $10,600 for both measures; about 20% of what opponents estimated during the campaign.
According to Bruce Ross, the editorial page editor for the Redding Record-Searchlight:
- "Cathy Darling, the Shasta County clerk and elections chief, had long said that the measures would probably cost less than the $25,000 apiece figure that somehow came to dominate the political debate. At the same time, she declined to nail down a specific number until the total election costs were tallied and divided up among the various entities holding elections.
- Well, she's done so now. And she informs me the total cost to the city for both measures was $10,676.76 --- roughly one-fifth of the sum the councilors were supposedly wasting."
- City of Redding Pension Funding, Measure A (November 2010)
- Redding City Retiree Health Insurance Premiums, Measure B (November 2010)
- Local labor, California, 2010