The County Commission this morning voted 3-1 to pay nothing to members of the Board of Elections and Registration.
The BOER had made prior requests for the Commission to set its compensation. The local legislation that formed the board states, “Compensation for the members of the board shall be fixed by the Board of Commissioners of Troup County.”
The vote was tabled at the Feb. 18 meeting. Today, Commissioner Tripp Foster made a motion proposing a $100 per member per month compensation, not to exceed $1,200 annually for each member.
No commissioners seconded the motion. After Chairman Ricky Wolfe declared the motion failed for lack of a second, he asked for a substitute motion.
Commissioner Buck Davis made a motion to pay the board $0. Commissioner Morris Jones quickly seconded.
Foster asked Davis why the pay should be set at 0.
“Because we have 132 other board members that don’t get paid, and you’re going to start a precedence of a domino effect that we’re not budgeted to take care of at this point,” Davis said.
“… Many other boards around the state of Georgia have an elections board that are paid at way much higher than what I recommended for consideration by this board,” Foster said.
Foster said his recommendation of $100 per month was “mid-stream” among most other boards and paying per month rather than per meeting would deter the potential of abuse by calling additional meetings to collect more.
“This is a very important board that has to do with keeping the integrity of elections and keeping them within the confines of Georgia state law,” Foster said.
Wolfe called for a vote, which passed for the $0 compensation. Foster was the sole opposing vote.
This is a summary report from today’s County Commission meeting. Check back to lagrangenews.com and Wednesday’s print edition for a more detailed report.