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Schuylkill OKs election spending

Schuylkill County Commissioners approved spending more money on the Nov. 2 municipal election.

Finance Director Paul Buber talked about a $76,400 budget adjustment for a transfer from the contingency fund for election-related costs.

“It’s in connection with some additional expenses that are anticipated with the upcoming November election. I’d also like to add a majority of these expenses will qualify for reimbursement under a grant that was received from the Department of State,” he said.

Buber said the grant is reimbursable, so the county must pay the cost first. A reimbursement request will be submitted “in the next month to two,” Buber said.

Commissioner’s Chairman Barron “Boots” Hetherington said the county is required to make the changes as mandated by the General Assembly.

Elections Director Albert Gricoski said the costs incurred involve ballot printing and other expenses. Funds for poll workers will come out of a separate fund.

He said efforts are underway in preparation for the election. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 18. Oct. 26 is the deadline to request a mail-in or absentee ballot.

“I’m not anticipating any problems with the election,” Gricoski said.