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Election to cost taxpayers $22,000

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Officials' salaries listed

By Calen McKinney

This year's General Election will cost taxpayers an estimated $22,000.

Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said the amount includes the costs of printing ballots, paying election workers and renting precinct locations.

The most expensive election in Taylor County, according to Carney, topped out at about $30,000. Election costs are paid for out of the county's general fund.

Carney said there are about 80 election workers who are paid $15 to attend an election training and then $85 for working on Election Day.

He said the $100 figure is likely the lowest pay for election workers in the surrounding area. Renting buildings, he said, costs $50 each.

The election tabulator receives $900 for his work, Carney said, and printing ballots can be expensive, depending on how many different ones must be printed.

While some races will be on all ballots, others include specific district races and require a different plate for printing.

Salaries

Local boards and government officials set the salaries for many officials hoping to be elected tomorrow. Some are also set and paid for by the state.

Campbellsville and Taylor County school board members each receive $75 per meeting they attend.

Campbellsville City Council members are paid $1,800 a year, which equates to $150 per regular monthly meeting. They don't receive any benefits or compensation for special meetings.

Soil conservation board members are paid $50 or $75 per month if they attend the board's meetings, the amount depending on the requirements members have met.

The entry-level salary for Taylor County's Circuit Court Clerk is $69,588, with a benchmark salary of $75,289. The salary is based on population and years of experience.

Commonwealth's Attorneys are paid by the state government. The majority make $113,616 a year, though some make $68,169.60.

The president of the United States is paid $400,000 a year and receives a $50,000 expense account.

Taylor County's state representative is paid $188.22 for each day he or she is in session, as well as each day they are in Frankfort for meetings. Salary information for Taylor County's U.S. representative is incomplete at press time.

Campaign Contributions

The majority of candidates on tomorrow's ballot haven't filed reports stating that they have collected money for their campaign.

If candidates receive donations or pledges, they must file a report stating where those contributions have come from and how they were spent.

According to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, none of the school board, soil conservation, city council or commonwealth's attorney candidates have filed election finance reports.

Incumbent candidate Republican Rodney Burress and Republican challenger Susie Skaggs, who are facing off again to become Taylor County's Circuit Court Clerk, have both filed reports.

According to a report Burress filed on Oct. 5, he has collected $5,625 since June and spent $5,531.24, for a $93.76 remaining balance.

Burress' campaign contributions include $500 from Dr. Bobby Brooks, $400 from Allen Burress, of which $200 was an in-kind contribution, a $264 in-kind contribution from Eddie "Hack" Marcum and $9,800 from Burress himself, of which $5,000 was an in-kind donation of yard signs used in previous elections. Burress also included a $125 unitemized contribution in his report.

Skaggs has received $7,939 and spent $7,810.14, for an ending balance of $128.86.

According to a report Skaggs filed on Oct. 5, contributions to her campaign since June 18 include an anonymous contribution of $684, a $655 unitemized contribution, $200 from Eddie Hazelwood, $200 from Blanche Minor, $300 from Marianna Skaggs, a $75 in-kind contribution from Ricky Skaggs and $7,900 from Skaggs herself, with $2,000 being an in-kind contribution.

John "Bam" Carney, who has no opposition to be re-elected as state representative for Taylor County, has collected $4,631.75 and spent $2,925 for an outstanding balance of $1,706.75.

According to Carney's report filed on Oct. 5, contributions to his campaign since June 18 are $181.75 in a contribution labeled "other," $2,000 from Bluegrass Committee, $200 from Max Downey, $250 from Enterprise Holdings Inc. Political Action Committee, $500 from Kentucky Bankers Committee for State Government, $1,000 from Kentucky Educators Political Action Committee and $500 from Optometric Political Action Committee.

Others from Campbellsville have contributed to candidates running for election in Kentucky's General Election.

According to KREF records, Carney contributed $100 to Mike Nemes' and $100 to Ryan Quarles' campaigns for state representative.

Eddie Goff contributed $300 to Amie Hacker's campaign for state senator.

Scott Jessie gave $100 to Bart Rowland's campaign for state representative and William Watson gave $250 for Jeff Sanford's campaign to be elected city commissioner in Owensboro.

In the presidential race, Democrat incumbent Barack Obama has raised $632,177,423. Republican challenger Mitt Romney has raised $389,088.28.

Obama's top contributor is the University of California, followed by Microsoft, Google, U.S. Government and Harvard University.

Romney's top donor is Goldman Sachs, followed by Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse Group.

Republican incumbent 1st District U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield has raised $1,835,332 and spent $1,191,358. Democrat challenger Charles Hatchett hasn't filed a report as to his campaign contributions.

Several Campbellsville residents have contributed to presidential campaigns, various political organizations and United States representative races.

Many have donated to Romney's campaign. Larry Noe has contributed $3,500, Beverly Noe contributed $2,500, Ed Baise contributed $250, Edwin Abell contributed $1,000, Walter Rhodes gave $2,500 and David Ellis gave $1,000.

Rhodes also donated $1,000 to the Republican National Committee and Jim Beard also donated $200 to the group.

Faron Blakeman donated $500 to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Dr. Jerome Dixon gave $500 to the American Osteopathic Association and Dr. Leslie Richardson donated $240 to the American Optometric Association.

Timothy L. Ford donated $250 to the campaign to elect Brett Guthrie as a state representative.