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Poca Tax Payers Could Get A Break

Reported: Mar. 26, 2014 5:56 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 6:16 PM EDT
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POCA, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- Poca's population is right around 700 people. During their last city election in 2011, less than 10 percent of people in Poca turned out to vote.

"Only 66 people voted out of about 675 registered voters, that’s pretty low," said Poca’s Mayor Jim Carothers.

To get a higher turnout, Poca city leaders want to put their candidates on the same ballot as federal, state, and county candidates.

"It would encourage people to get more familiar with the needs of the city, and the people that are interested enough to run for office in the city," said Poca Resident Porter West.

Combining the elections would also save the city time and money. In 2011, the city spent about 4,000 dollars for 66 people to vote.

"Well on a four year basis, we're spending about 5,000, so we'll be saving about 1,000 dollars a year,” Carothers added.

To get on the same schedule as the county ballot, Poca officials agreed to shorten their terms by 6 months. Putnam county clerk brain wood says it will be more work on his office, but it's worth it.

“All in all I think it's a good thing. It's greatly beneficial to the voters, so we're willing to do that," said Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood.

If Poca makes the switch, they will still have to pay the county to be on the ballot, but that fee pales in comparison to what the city pays right now to conduct on their own elections.



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