The cost for City Council contenders to place a statement in the voters pamphlet for the Nov. 8 election has increased, and city leaders say it could discourage people from running.
City Clerk Alcene M. Cain told the City Council this week that candidates will be charged $750 to place their statements in the voters pamphlet. Cain said the fee, set by the county Registrar of Voters, is $300 more than that charged during the last municipal election in November, 1992. The statements are not mandatory.
Councilwoman Rhonda J. McCune, who has not decided whether to seek reelection when her term ends in November, said the fee hike "is pretty significant" and could dissuade potential candidates.
The cost increase is due to a requirement in the Federal Voting Rights Act that election materials be printed in Spanish and Vietnamese in addition to English, Cain said.
The filing period for candidates is July 18 to Aug. 12.
There are three open City Council seats, including those of Arthur C. Brown and Donna L. Chessen. Brown has announced his candidacy, and Chessen is a Democratic candidate for state Senate in the 34th District.