There will be a town election in Jonesborough in November. A few years back, officials there switched from a spring election date (like Johnson City follows) to one in the fall.
It was a wise move. The town of Jonesborough is now saving as much as $20,000 by holding its municipal elections in November.
Johnson City should do the same. City taxpayers are simply not getting their money’s worth by holding the municipal election in the spring.
The last city election cost taxpayers $77,867, which is $2,800 more than was budgeted. The largest single expense was for election officials, which at $58,918.50, was more than the average cost of the past four elections.
While the cost to hold the municipal election was up, the turnout was down. The 2013 election drew 11.4 percent of the city’s 38,237 registered voters.
Moving the city’s election from April to November would help improve voter turnout while saving taxpayers as much as $70,000. It’s time for a move.