The lawsuit filed Monday seeks legal intervention in a recount that was called off late last month as county election officials and the recount requester argued over the cost of the process.
The recount was halted Monday after county officials told members of the Long Beach Reform Coalition that they hadn’t deposited enough money to continue.
For the first time voters were allowed to cast their ballots from anywhere in the county and now the task of tracking down all of those ballots could be adding to a local recount effort.
Head of the Long Beach Reform Coalition said that the group waited until Wednesday to file its official request with the county to initiate a recount so the group could fundraise; the recount is likely to cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The indefinite sales tax extension needs over 50% to pass and has been making up ground since initial voting results put it in an early hole.
A staff report given to the council Tuesday night revealed that “general economic growth,” departmental savings, a rise in the price of oil and sales tax largely contributed to the roughly $8 million in surplus that the council distributed Tuesday night.
The City Council voted to include funding for the reopening of Community Hospital as priority spending targets for Measure A if voters choose extend it next year.
After working to preserve its good streets, Long Beach plans to begin tackling some of its worst.
Measure A has generated tens of millions of dollars the city has spent on roads, police and fire personnel. If it goes away, city leaders say cuts could come even as tax rates remain the same.