Boone County clerk sees technical innovations pay off, low turnout ahead for primary

04/28/2015 10:10 AM

BURLINGTON — Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown saw his office have a $1.6 million surplus of funds during his first four years in office — more than double what the previous clerk had during the same amount of time.

Brown, who won re-election in November, said there were a number of key reasons that led to the large surplus amount.

“We kept our budget significantly lower. It’s lower than when I took office in 2010,” he said. “Our management staff is streamlined. It’s smaller than it was in 2010. We’ve utilized technology and remote transactions. We were the second in the state to implement a phone-in renewal system that allows Boone County citizens to call in 24 hours a day, seven days a week to renew their tag and it comes in the mail.”

Brown is also busy gearing up for the May 19 primary.

Brown, who is a former chairman of the Boone County Republican Party, believes that the Boone County trend of light voter turnout for gubernatorial elections will continue in 2015.

“Without the local candidates on the ballot, without the high media type of races where you have a United States Senate race or a congressional race, we just don’t seem to get the vote out,” Brown said.


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