Commissioner Don Dixon said taking a hard line with the vendor paid off.
“If they want our business they’re going to have to deal with us …,” he said. “They always start out asking retail and then when they get down to counting the real dollars, you can usually get their attention.”
Butler County negotiates a lower price for new voting machine system. FILE
The commissioners not only wanted a price drop, but also wanted guarantees future upgrades — both software and hardware — to be cost-free so they don't get caught off-guard by a vendor rendering its product obsolete after only a few years, as was the case with the recent Motorola radio issue.
The commissioners did not budget for the machines this year because exact costs have fluctuated over time.