County commissioners express appreciation toward county voters
Saline county commissioners and County Clerk Debbie Russell discussed election results during the commission’s regular meeting Thursday morning, April 6.
“We would like to give our thank you’s to the citizens of Saline County for passing our one-eighth percent sales tax,” Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey said. “Hopefully it will help our justice department and bring up our salaries for our deputy sheriffs, and we just want to say thank you.”
Guthrey also wanted to thank Jack Harvey, who was the treasurer for the sales tax increase proposition.
Russell announced the verification of the election will take place at 1:30 p.m. in either her office or the county commission office. It is required by law to wait until noon on the Friday after the election to allow time for military votes to be received. Russell said she thought there were two possible military ballots that could still be received.
The certification consists of a bipartisan team, who reviews at least one precinct thoroughly, and looks at write-in votes. In the case of a position that did not have any candidates or write-in candidates to fill the positions, Russell said a person can be appointed by that specific board to fill the open position.
“It looks like we might have a tie in the Mt. Leonard write-in race, so that’s what we will be certifying on Friday,” Russell said. “If that is the case, then I have to turn that over to their board.”
She added that those boards may have instructions in their bylaws. If not, then it would be up to the board and/or the write-in candidates on who fills the positions.
“I would also like to thank our judges who work at the polls,” Northern Commissioner Richard Clemens said. “It’s a long, hard day. ... It’s just a tough day for the judges, and I thank Debbie and her staff; they do a wonderful job putting it together.”
Russell added that poll workers work at least 15 hours the day of the election, with a two-hour training the day before. She and the commissioners also figured that the cost per voter was figured at approximately $14 each for this election.
Also during the meeting, commissioners approved a liquor license for Stone Hedge Golf Club; additions and abatements to real estate and personal property at a net gain of $20,495.17 for the month of March; an addition to the payroll for Collector Cindi Sims for collection for city collections, commission, levy and tourism commission in the amount of $166.75; and a letter of destruction for two, 5-year-old computers from the county clerk’s office.