By JIM MAURER
TIFFIN — Jim Ehrman, deputy director of the Seneca County elections board, requested about $15,000 in additional funds during the Seneca County commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday.
The funds will be used to hire temporary employees to assist during the March and November elections, Ehrman said. Higher voter turnout is expected because 2016 is a presidential election year.
The elections board had requested a budget of more than $365,000, but was allocated about $350,000.
Commissioner Mike Kerschner previously questioned funds allocated by the commissioners last year for the elections board, but not spent. Those funds were returned to the county’s general fund, Ehrman said.
Kerschner and Commissioner President Holly Stacy approved the increase Tuesday. Commissioner Fred Zoeller was absent.
In a related matter, a replacement has not been named for former elections board Director Karl Erbland, who was fired last month. He was fired for failure to perform his job correctly, according to board Chairman Charles Knight, who would not elaborate.
Resumes have been accepted, and Ehrman said the elections board will meet Thursday to discuss a successor. The position pays about $39,000 annually.
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