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County's voting machine cost discounted

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thirty new voting machines will cost Plymouth County $2,000 less than the original offer.

By paying the purchase price up front, as opposed to annual payments, the total cost will be $118,713, said Auditor Stacey Feldman.

Tuesday, the county board of supervisors approved a contract with Henry M. Adkins & Sons, Inc., of Missouri, for purchase of the voting machines.

Originally the company's proposal was $120,925, a $2,212 difference.

The new voting machines will include 16 OpenElect Voting Optical scans to read the ballots, and 14 machines that provide enhanced video and audio to assist disabled voters.

Because the new equipment will function similar to the current machines, voters won't notice much difference at the polls, Feldman said.

She said the $118,713 must be paid by June 30, 2013, the end of the current county fiscal year.

Earlier this year the county supervisors set aside $150,000 in Local Option Sales Tax dollars to purchase the voting machines.

In other business Tuesday, the supervisors:

* approved the Klingbeil Addition in Section 2 of Henry Township. The minor subdivision includes one about 2.3-acre lot.

* received a budget request from Plains Area Mental Health Center for $143,778 for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The supervisors will consider that request during budget discussions early next year.

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