“We try to be as frugal as we can be in this office. Even as a director, I pack bags,” she said.
Lovas said she worked with Commissioner Peggy Carlo to pare the board’s request by about $12,000. Commissioners sought a $35,000 reduction, however. Claypool said the reduction was presented with the assurance that if the elections board needed money later in the year, the commissioners would make the necessary appropriations, as it has done in years past.
Carlo defended the agreement she reached with the elections board and said the commissioners need to honor it. She said that while she is not in favor of over-appropriating funds, the board of elections has been cautious in its spending and has a history of returning unused money at the end of the year.
“I applaud them for that,” Carlo said.
Board President Joe Moroski said he feels that when the board sends out a representative to negotiate on behalf of the board, and ultimately the taxpayer, the board needs to honor the agreement that is reached. County Administrator Janet Discher, for example, worked with Common Pleas judges to cut $100,000 from their requests.