May elections will cost schools more

HAZEL PARK, Mich. — If the Hazel Park and Ferndale public school districts continue to hold elections in May rather than November, their costs are likely to increase from 60 to 100 percent, the (Royal Oak) Daily Tribune reported.

The cities of Hazel Park and Ferndale don't want to conduct May elections for the districts any longer because they are not allowed to charge back the full cost, the Tribune reported. But if Oakland County takes over, the cost to districts will rise because the county can charge the full amount, Joe Rozell, Oakland County director of elections, told the Tribune.

Switching to November elections would allow each district to add its items to the general election ballot at no cost, Rozell told the Tribune.

Hazel Park and Ferndale are the only districts in Oakland County that have not switched to November elections, the Tribune reported.

Ferndale Schools Superintendent Gary Meier told the Tribune that a school board committee is studying the issue and is expected to make recommendations in October.

(Royal Oak) Daily Tribune, "Cities to drop Hazel Park, Ferndale school elections," Sept. 17, 2010

Michigan Education Digest, "Clerks: School elections waste money," April 2, 2010