At first, WasteWatch thought the cost to the taxpayer of that little error was just over half-a-million dollars.
Then, a little while later, another $209,000 in market research popped up.
Now, a staggering half-a-million dollars has been added to the price-tag in a little over a week.
— nearly $160,000 for the preparation and despatch of campaign advertising materials;
— $55,000 for the printing of a certified copy of the electoral roll;
— nearly $224,000 for the ‘deployment’ of an electronic version of the certified copy of the electoral roll;
— $11,000 for IT support for the registration of blind and low-vision voters;
— and (WasteWatch’s favourite) nearly $12,000 for disposable bibs for polling station officials.
This brings the (possibly) final cost of the mistake to well over $1 million.
For WasteWatch’s sake (and the taxpayers’), we hope this figure doesn’t continue to swell!
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