Scott McLeod in the Smoky Mountain News has noticed that the Republicans in the NC General Assembly simply shifted expenses onto the counties when they refused to take Federal Help America Vote (HAVA) funds:
North Carolina’s General Assembly — under the leadership of Republicans for the first time in more than a century— will hopefully refrain in the future from pushing unfunded mandates onto the backs of counties and their taxpayers .... The GOP leadership in this state may preach fiscal prudence, but in this case they wasted local tax dollars .... Next time you hear state GOP leaders say they’re working hard to balance the budget, hold onto your wallet. That may just mean another unfunded mandate coming from Raleigh.
We have not yet heard what the price tag is going to be in Watauga, but the per-county cost in the NC counties to the south of us ranges from $41,000 to $13,600.