THE OFFICE of City Commissioners is asking the city for $1.5 million extra next fiscal year for raises for poll workers and for funding to educate voters about the voter-ID law set to take effect this fall.
The Office of the City Commissioners is currently budgeted at $8.9 million.
Since 1999, poll workers who work long hours are paid $75 to $100 a day, Stephanie Singer, chairwoman of thecommissioners, told City Council yesterday during a budget hearing. Singer proposed increasing pay to $152 based on a prevailing hourly wage of $10.88 for 14 hours, which would cost the city $1 million.
"I realize that's a large number, but our poll workers deserve it," Singer said. Survey and data analysis related to voter ID's would cost $100,000.