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Supervisor of Elections Office debate costing you thousands

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Updated: 8/06/2013 7:12 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City Council has been mulling over a move for the Supervisor of Elections Office. But Action News just learned time is money in this debate.

We were first to investigate which option would save you the most money.

An Action News investigation found One Imeson to be the best deal for you.

But City Council continues dragging out the discussion. And for every day that ticks away, you are paying thousands for the lease at the current Gateway location.

It's been months of back and forth. And during Tuesday's finance committee meeting, the debate over the Supervisor of Elections Office got heated.

"We've been through this process literally years," said Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland.

Holland said he's been patiently waiting for City Council to make a move. And the clock keeps ticking.

"We need to be in the new facility if we move by Feb. 1," he said.

Action News has learned it's essentially down to two options for a new Supervisor of Elections Office -- remodel the current Gateway location or move to One Imeson. Each spot is offering free rent -- Gateway for six months, One Imeson for a year.

But council has not made a decision yet. And the bickering is drawing the process out and costing you thousands of dollars every month.

"Yeah we've actually been wasting taxpayer dollars for over six months because we've been paying the $51,000 over at Gateway and under the new lease we pay approximately half that amount," said Councilman Stephen Joost.

Here are how the figures stack up. After six months free at Gateway, rent for the remainder of the first year totals $25,000 a month. Then it drops to $23,583.33 for the second year. After a year of free rent at One Imeson, the second year would cost $22,960.41 a month.

Both are deals the city could already be cashing in on. But until the fighting stops, the money will keep flowing out of your pocket.

"Taxpayers have not been getting a deal as far as how long this has been stretched out," said Holland.

City Council is expected to vote next Tuesday.

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wishmistress - 8/7/2013 12:17 AM
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With all of the 'condemned' and 'foreclosed' properties out in the city, I don't understand why we can't BUY and OWN a property. These amounts are ridiculous to lease an office complex! The city has already taken possession of plenty of viable spots to take the place of a lease.

Papakilo - 8/6/2013 5:17 PM
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Politicians are politicians! They don't care whose money they waste as long as it is not their money. They should have a reduction of salary and benefits to offset the taxes they waste 'screwing around'. Tax and spend. I suggest they have a reduction of their salary and benefits anytime, and every time the taxpayers do not benefit from the city projects by a tax reduction. City revenues must include a reduction of taxes for all taxpayers.
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