HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council isn't quite ready to let the voters decide whether to change the dates when municipal elections are held.
The council said Tuesday it wanted proof to support claims made by the Washington County Board of Elections that the city would have to pay thousands of dollars if the council refused to change the dates of municipal elections. Only then, the council said, would it agree to place the issue on the ballot during the May 19 general election.
Last week, the council did everything but authorize placing the issue on the ballot to let the voters decide whether to change the dates of municipal elections from March and May to coincide with the presidential ones.
Washington County Board of Elections Director Dorothy Kaetzel said last year that county officials didn't have the time in March and May to manage municipal elections. As a result, Kaetzel said, the city would have to conduct its own elections at a cost of roughly $60,000.