County elections officials ID ‘discrepancy’ that led to inflated city bills – News – DesertDispatch.com – California News

County elections officials ID ‘discrepancy’ that led to inflated city bills – News – DesertDispatch.com – California News

County elections officials have uncovered the error behind 20 cities recently receiving inflated invoices for the past general election: A “discrepancy” in its new billing model.

County elections officials have uncovered the error behind 20 cities recently receiving inflated invoices for the past general election: A “discrepancy” in its new billing model.

The San Bernardino County Elections Office finished its investigation this week into candidate statement bills it sent out in late June after “several” cities had inquired about the invoices, spokeswoman Melissa Eickman told the Daily Press.

In letters sent Wednesday to the 20 of 24 county cities which were affected — meaning they had council candidates file statements printed in the Voter Information Guide last year — the Elections Office acknowledged the error and enclosed revised invoices.

“Consequently, the invoices have now been adjusted,” wrote Michael Scarpello, the Registrar of Voters, “to more accurately account for the printing costs of candidate statements for city candidates.”

As an example of the dramatic post-audit cost shift, the city of Victorville had received notice late last month that its council candidates owed $2,405, far more than the $1,394 estimated about a year prior and already paid. The revised invoice after the Elections Office review, however, reflected an actual cost of just $1,316.

So instead of ponying up an extra $1,000, candidates for Victorville city council were owed a refund of $78.

The Elections Office said it will issue refunds for the difference if any candidates already paid the misquoted cost.

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