Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Solano County grand jury eyes Registrar’s office

June 3, 2014
By Kimberly K. Fu
The Vacaville Reporter

Employment issues and finances dominated a Solano County grand jury report released last week regarding the county's Registrar of Voters office.
Due to a citizen concern, a 2011-12 grand jury report was revisited and officials found that not all employees were cross-trained as had been recommended. New suggestions for managers include providing more avenues for training and improvement, encouraging employees to cross-train and considering incentives as motivation.
Grand jurors also found that the position of Deputy Registrar of Voters, vacant for three years, had yet to be filled and recommended hiring someone ASAP.
Cost effectiveness was also a focus of the report.
Grand jurors found that managers needed to work on planning and scheduling poll worker training, investigate the cost of training locations, and improve the accuracy of election cost estimates.
Also troubling, apparently, are collection efforts.
According to the report, the city of Rio Vista, Benicia City Library and Dixon Public Library all owe the county money in connection with past elections.
In June 2010, the Registrar of Voters reviewed petitions for Rio Vista officials. Work totaled $3,245.
"As of March 19, 2014, this amount has not been collected from the City of Rio Vista. ROV (Registrar of Voters) is currently working with their internal accounting staff to create an expected revenue tracking sheet for monies owed to Solano County," grand jurors noted in their report.
In June 2012, the Board of Supervisors set the maximum amount for Solano County Library Measure "L" election costs at $100,000. But as of March, only had been received.
"Outstanding amounts of $8,839 are due from Benicia City Library and $4,332 due from Dixon Public Library," the report states.
Grand jurors recommend that voter officials make it a priority to collect money owed their office.

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