County Commissioner Tony Adams chastised Administrator of Elections Linda Medley for exceeding her budget for part-time help by over 43 percent Monday night. Medley appeared before the commission’s work session asking for an amendment to move $3,500 from her budget for legal notices and advertisements into the salary line for a part-time employee to cover the cost overrun. Medley said the original budget submitted by the election commission included $11,000 for part-time help, but that amount got cut to $8,000 in the final budget approved by the county commission last year. “You were given a final budget that was $8,000, but you spent well over $11,000,” Adams said. Medley said in order to complete all the activities of the election office this year she calculated it would take about 52 extra hours from her part-time worker above what was budgeted, pushing the total needed to $11,500. But Adams said as a department head, Medley should be conducting the office within the budget approved by the county. Medley said by watching expenditures she believes her office will be able to finish the fiscal year with a $3-4,000 surplus to turn back into the general fund and that funds can be moved from over $6,000 budgeted for legal notices to cover the cost overrun in part-time salary. A motion to send an amendment to the election office budget to the commission’s May 20 meeting passed with the minimum number of votes required, 7-4, as Adams, Shane Chandler, J.B. Smith and Kyle Sanders voted in opposition and Commissioner Booty Reed was absent.