FARMINGTON -- For the first time, all 15 Davis cities will contract with the Davis County Clerk/Auditor's office to oversee municipal election results for the Aug. 13 primary and Nov. 5 general election.
"This is a first for all 15 cities," Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said.
Rawlings made the announcement that every city was onboard with the county at the Davis County Commission meeting Tuesday.
"I think that speaks highly of the caliber of service your office provides," County Commissioner Bret Millburn told Rawlings.
During the 2011 municipal election, some cities handled their own election results, he said.
The contracts for the work have yet to be approved by the commission, but they have been mailed out to each of the cities with the expectation those agreements that have already been discussed will be returned soon, officials said.
The contract cost to the cities for election services will vary based on city population, number of poll locations, polling machines requested, and the city's history of voter turnout, said Brian McKenzie, county election technician.
Although exact contract costs for the county to perform the service for each city have not been approved, rough estimates are that cities could pay anywhere from a high of $22,000 to a low of $4,000 for the services, McKenzie said.
"We are passing our direct cost on to them," Rawlings said. "We are not a money factory."
Having the county's election office oversee the tabulation of the municipal vote will provide consistency should a voting question arise, and will provide faster tabulation results, Rawlings said.
The county is able to post results more quickly, he said, although county election clerks will still have to wait for the manual transport of votes from the city's poll locations to the courthouse in downtown Farmington, Rawlings said.
"I think it is a really good deal," Clinton City Manager Dennis Cluff said of the county's election services.
Cluff said Clinton also contracted with the county for election services in 2011. Tabulating the election results electronically, Cluff said, prevents poll workers from having to hand-count the ballots, and recount those ballots in the event of a tabulation error.
"It works out pretty well," he said.
Before cities made any sort of commitment to have the county tabulate its election results, Rawlings said, costs were shared with each city recorder or election official.
McKenzie said the county cannot make money off the cities, but with each individual contract the county wanted to be able to cover its cost.
He said each of the 15 contracts is expected to soon come to the commission for approval.