Durham recount cost taxpayers $68K – Where did it go ?

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A state-ordered recount of 94,000 ballots in Durham County cost the taxpayers nearly $70,000, according to figures released by county officials.

The North Carolina governor’s race was at the center of the recount, which made national headlines. Durham County spent $28,000 on a public relations consultant to deal with the added attention.

It took 67 employees more than 925 hours (cumulatively) to recount the ballots. That required the county to hire temporary workers, which cost $15,626.19. Overtime for part-time and full-time workers cost another $5,700.

Printing and supplies cost another $15,000.

Security, transcript services and general services rounded out the charges, totaling around $4,000.

The total cost of the recount to taxpayers was $68,353.69.

Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the race to Attorney General Roy Cooper before the recount could be completed.

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