The special election to fill the seat of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is likely to cost Arizona taxpayers $3 million.
The Arizona Daily Star reports figures show that was the estimated cost for the four counties in the state’s 8th Congressional District to put on a primary and general election.
The data shows much of the cost fell to Pima County, where 78 percent of the district’s voters live. Pima County elections officials spent $2.5 million to print ballots, pay for postage and staff polling sites.
The state Legislature only set aside $1.9 million from the general fund to reimburse the counties.
A Pima County administrator says payments shouldn’t prevent the county from providing any basic services.
Democrat Ron Barber won the June 12 race to replace Giffords.