- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Elections Commission has received authority to spend an additional $50,000 this year as the agency struggles to make payroll.

Its executive director, Philip Richter, says the commission operated with board vacancies in the past, but all its positions are filled this year, meaning increased expenses for salaries and benefits.

A state budget panel, the Controlling Board, approved the spending Monday.

The request follows concerns raised by the state budget director about the agency’s policies for collecting fees and fines owed to it.

The Office of Budget and Management transferred money to the commission in December, March and April so the agency could meet its obligations.

Last year, the state auditor recommended that the elections commission improve its monitoring of revenue and expenses.

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