BOC approves resolution on salaries and qualifying fees

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

In one of the first official signs that the 2016 election season is upon us, the Henry County Board of Commissioners last week approved a resolution setting qualifying fee for elected county offices for this year.

State law requires these fees be published no later than February 1 in any year that includes a general primary, nonpartisan election or general election. The qualifying fee is equal to three percent of the salary of the office being sought, and the candidate must pay that fee to run. The three-percent standard is set by the state and based on last year’s salary for the position.

Here are the county offices up for election this year, with the salaries and qualifying fees as released by the election office.

Board of Commissioners (Chairman), $54,752.00, $1,642.56
Board of Commissioners (Districts 1 and 2), $35,000.00, $1,050.00
Board of Education (Districts 1, 2 and 3) $16,712.00, $501.36
State Court Judge, $140,744.25, $4,222.33
Probate Judge, $84,458.82, $2,533.76
Superior Court Clerk, $84,458.82, $2,533.76
Sheriff, $86,592.30, $2,597.77
Tax Commissioner, $84,458.82, $2,533.76
Coroner, $55,825.00, $1,674.75

Also on the ballot this year are Superior Court Judge and District Attorney positions. Those qualifying fees are set by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

Qualifying begins Monday, March 7, and ends at noon Friday, March 11. The primary for local and state elections is May 24 and the runoff is July 26.

Henry County voters will be able to take advantage of early voting as in recent years. Those dates and times will be announced later by the election office.