Honorable Ray Allen, Chair, House Committee on County Affairs
John S. O'Brien, Deputy Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB2404 by Keel (Relating to the creation of the position of county elections administrator.), As Introduced
The bill would amend the Election Code to require a county with a population of 250,000 or more to create the position of county elections administrator for the county. A commissioners court of a county with a population of 250,000 or more would be prohibited from abolishing the position of county elections administrator and from transferring the elections administrator duties to the county tax assessor-collector. The bill would take effect September 1, 2005.
Under current statute, it is optional for all county commissioners courts to creat a county elections administrator position, to abolish the position, and to transfer those duties to the tax assessor-collector.
If a county with a population of 250,000 or more does not currently have a county elections administrator, creation of that position would result in incuring the costs of salary, benefits, office space, and capital outlay. Transferring duties from the tax assessor-collector's office to the county elections administrator's office would create an administrative savings in the tax assessor-collector's office. Overall, no significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.